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You're Next by Gregg Hurwitz
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Jun 19, 11

Read from June 16 to 19, 2011

Mike Wingate was living the perfect life. Happily married with a precocious eight year old daughter, his construction company has just completed a "green" housing development that will set them up for life. Not bad for a boy abandoned at four by his father and raised in a foster home. The only memory he has of his father is, "It's not your fault, Mike!" and his father's sleeve with a dark spot, suddenly bright red when he moves it into the light.

Something from his past, a past he doesn't remember, is about to threaten his life and that of his family.

At first the threats are subtle. Someone broke into his house, stealing a stuffed animal belonging to his daughter. From her room while she slept. The threats gt a little more direct and when Mike calls the police, they don't seem very sympathetic, more interested in his murky past.

So he calls Shep.

Shepherd and he grew up together in a foster home. Shep was a year older and the pair were brothers in every word but biological. Somewhat of juvenile delinquents, Mike took the blame when Shep, a year older and a two time criminal, would have gotten twenty years. Mike as a juvenile got three months.

They were that close.

Their paths diverged from that point, Mike going the straight and narrow, Shep skirting the law and avoiding anything serious enough to get him that third strike. After Mike's daughter was born, Shep and he hadn't seen each other in eight years.

All it took was that one call though.

Shep was there in six hours, a five hundred mile drive, and before it was over, in order to save his family and find out why these people wanted them dead, Mike had to become that juvenile delinquent again. Or rather, what he would have become had he continued down that path until today. What Shep was.

A hell of a thrill ride from a writer I'd never read before picking this one up. Release date is July 5th.
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