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The Wrong Man PDF, ePub eBook Scott Freeman is a man of reason-a college professor grounded in the rational and practical. But he becomes uneasy after finding an anonymous love letter hidden in his daughter's room: "No one could ever love you like I do. No one ever will. We will be together forever. One way or another." But the reality of Ashley's plight far exceeds Scott's worst suspicions. One drink Scott Freeman is a man of reason-a college professor grounded in the rational and practical. But he becomes uneasy after finding an anonymous love letter hidden in his daughter's room: "No one could ever love you like I do. No one ever will. We will be together forever. One way or another." But the reality of Ashley's plight far exceeds Scott's worst suspicions. One drink too many had led Ashley, a beautiful, bright art student, into what she thought was just a fling with a blue-collar bad boy. But now, no amount of pleading or reasoning can discourage his phone calls, ardent e-mails, and constant, watchful gaze. Michael O'Connell is but a malignant shadow of a man. His brash, handsome features conceal a black and empty soul. Control is his religion. Cunning and criminal skill are his stock-in-trade. Rage is his language. The harder Ashley tries to break free, the deeper Michael burrows into every aspect of her life, so she turns in desperation to her divorced parents and her mother's new partner-three people still locked in a coldly civilized triangle of resentment. But their fierce devotion to Ashley is the common bond that will draw them together to face down a predator. For Ashley's family, it is a test of primal love that will drive them to the extreme edge-and beyond-in a battle of wills that escalates into a life-or-death war to protect their own. From the bestselling master of suspense, John Katzenbach, The "Wrong Man" is an elegantly crafted and breathtakingly intense read that asks the question, "How far would you go to save the child you love?"

30 review for The Wrong Man

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    The Hook - Happenstance – Hard to believe but I was caught away from my bookshelves and had nothing to read. A visit to the Orlando Friends of the Library Book Store uncovered this thriller by an author I had never read. What started as chance turned out to be the perfect book for my mood. The Line – “Dying” “She said finally”, is such a simple act. But you need to learn that all the moments leading up to it and all the minutes afterwards, are terribly complicated.” The Sinker – ”When Scott Freeman first read the lette/>The The Hook - Happenstance – Hard to believe but I was caught away from my bookshelves and had nothing to read. A visit to the Orlando Friends of the Library Book Store uncovered this thriller by an author I had never read. What started as chance turned out to be the perfect book for my mood. The Line – “Dying” “She said finally”, is such a simple act. But you need to learn that all the moments leading up to it and all the minutes afterwards, are terribly complicated.” The Sinker – ”When Scott Freeman first read the letter that he found in his daughter’s top bureau drawer, crumpled up and stuffed behind some old white athletic socks, he knew immediately someone was going to die.” This grabber of a first sentence resulted in a double hook, catching my attention without spoiling anything yet to come. Love. What is love? This seems to be the underlying question at the core of The Wrong Man. Is obsessive love, love just the same? Reviews are all over the place on this one but put me with the plus column. The Wrong Man is a psychological roller coaster ride with one of the creepiest characters I’ve encountered in a long time. There is violence but the real kick in the gut feelings come from the deliberate actions by a master of manipulation. At times so slow building that my stomach knotted, at others briskly paced, it moved just right. The Wrong Man might have been a bit long as some have mentioned but I never got bored. It may have been a bit over the top but I enjoyed every minute of it. In the end what I know is I never, and I mean never want to be at the receiving end of this kind of love. I think I need to read another Katzenbach to get an honest feel of his writing. Rounding up to 4.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Denisa Arsene

    I really enjoyed this thriller. Although I didn't agree with the solution... But the plot, the characters, the story, all of them are good and realistic. It keeps you prisoner, wondering how things could go out of control in such a manner. How and why people should find answers by themselves, why police can't help. I liked it so much! A good one!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Wow... this book was really one heck of a ride!! Filled with suspense and uncertainty from the first page to the very last, I could barely force myself to put it down along the way. The story centers around a man's relentless stalking of college student Ashley Freeman after they have a drunken one-night-stand. While Ashley considers the whole event a meaningless "mistake", Michael is convinced they are meant to be together forever, no matter what it takes. A typical stalker's obsession develops, Wow... this book was really one heck of a ride!! Filled with suspense and uncertainty from the first page to the very last, I could barely force myself to put it down along the way. The story centers around a man's relentless stalking of college student Ashley Freeman after they have a drunken one-night-stand. While Ashley considers the whole event a meaningless "mistake", Michael is convinced they are meant to be together forever, no matter what it takes. A typical stalker's obsession develops, as he patiently and methodically sets out to destroy the lives of Ashley and those who love her, with his own "love" (albeit a decidedly possessive, rage-filled, obsessive kind of love) of Ashley being the driving force behind everything he does. He gets more than he reckoned for, however, when Ashley's divorced parents, along with her mom's partner, join forces to do whatever necessary to keep Ashley safe. It becomes a battle of will and intellect, with neither side ever knowing how far the other is willing to go to achieve their own ultimate goals. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! The author did a fantastic job of allowing the tension and suspense to build steadily and continuously throughout. The book felt a little long at times (500 pages), but I only noticed the length because I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. Definitely recommended for fans of psychological suspense!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    If I didn't know that Wrong Man was written by the same author as The Madman's Tale, I probably wouldn't have guessed it, which isn't optimal since I picked up this book specifically because of how much I enjoyed The Madman's Tale. And so this review is if not biased per se, than certainly subjective as compared to author's other work. Objectively...both books are undeniably psychological thrillers, both are immensely readable, both are long, both have very strong sustained suspense throughout. If I didn't know that Wrong Man was written by the same author as The Madman's Tale, I probably wouldn't have guessed it, which isn't optimal since I picked up this book specifically because of how much I enjoyed The Madman's Tale. And so this review is if not biased per se, than certainly subjective as compared to author's other work. Objectively...both books are undeniably psychological thrillers, both are immensely readable, both are long, both have very strong sustained suspense throughout. However, where Madman's Tale was excellent, with its claustrophobic setting and original, Wrong Man is just a story of a stalker and the lengths a family will go to to protect their only child, who becomes the focus of the unwanted obsessive attention. It's a good book, but never really more than that and so it feels too long, emotions and intentions examined well and thoroughly and more often than not too much so, to the tune of being repetitive even. Ironically, the family itself isn't particularly interesting or compelling (with notable exception of the not directly relate members) and neither is the stalker himself. For a book of that length, those are serious detractors. The writing is quite good though, so it balanced things out. This book reminded me of the works of Thomas H. Cook, although he usually manages to tell the tale in half the page count. Also, the from the outside looking in, third party narrative trick that worked well in Madman's Tale, here doesn't quite appeal as much and tends to be as distracting as it is suspense driving. What Katzenbach did great here though is creating and sustaining the level of anxiety that really draws the reader into the story as it spirals toward the inevitable foretold tragedy. Just the sheer anxiety of making and following through with impossible decisions, because it's the only thing that makes sense at the time. That's psychologically thrilling indeed. That's where the books shines. So it is a good book in its own right, just isn't either great or author's greatest, but still plenty entertaining, albeit quite lengthy. Also works as a cautionary tale for one night stands and dating in general. And on some level as a love story, all different kinds of love.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Pg 91: The passages at the end of each chapter between 2 nameless characters who don't seem to be any of the main characters are kind of annoying. Right now I feel like they aren't adding anything and are just slowing me down. Finished: The book might have been creepier if it had focused more on the family than on the bad guy. It's kind of hard to develop tension or terror when you have to read his every inane thought, even if there's no reason or explanation for them. I would have pre Pg 91: The passages at the end of each chapter between 2 nameless characters who don't seem to be any of the main characters are kind of annoying. Right now I feel like they aren't adding anything and are just slowing me down. Finished: The book might have been creepier if it had focused more on the family than on the bad guy. It's kind of hard to develop tension or terror when you have to read his every inane thought, even if there's no reason or explanation for them. I would have preferred a more Jaws-like approach: focus on the family and their terror, with quick, unclear glimpses of the bad guy during his attacks. The monster is never scary when you're forced to look at it the whole annoying time. There were also a few words and phrases used quite a lot. Almost every character can feel "sweat under [their] arms," and the words "sorties," and "detente," get more use in one book than in any others I've read in a year.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Richard White

    Absolutely gripping in tension. Starts off like a roller coaster as it slowly makes its way to the top then plunges you into unrelenting suspense and angst. Deeply disturbing subject matter but entertaining as hell. Another 5 star for JK as was the Analyst.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    BIG STUMBLE Katzenbach's books have evolved from mysteries/police procedurals to psychological thrillers. Hart's War is probably his best known work which was made into a movie with Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt. I have read most of this author's books and have enjoyed them, although with each subsequent book the author has dealt more with the psychological aspect of his characters as opposed to the thriller part. The Wrong Man is all that - and thus is the wrong book. The sto BIG STUMBLE Katzenbach's books have evolved from mysteries/police procedurals to psychological thrillers. Hart's War is probably his best known work which was made into a movie with Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt. I have read most of this author's books and have enjoyed them, although with each subsequent book the author has dealt more with the psychological aspect of his characters as opposed to the thriller part. The Wrong Man is all that - and thus is the wrong book. The story-line in this book tackles the nightmare of a "normal" family's involvement with a very abnormal stalker - in reality a psychopath "in the making". Ashley Freeman, an art studies graduate student, has an uncharacteristic one night fling which becomes the worst decision of her young life when said one night stand won't take "Never again" for an answer. Ashley's divorced parents soon become involved in trying to stop this young man's attempts to kindle the romantic flame that was never there and they too become sucked into this evil nightmare. Somewhat of a cliché in this genre but the author implements a few tricks to attempt to hook the reader - specifically we are allowed into everyone's head - even the bad guy's to a limited extent- while the story is "narrated" by a writer investigating the tragic circumstances several years after the fact. Initially one empathizes with almost everyone involved on the wrong end of this "bargain with the devil" - Ashley's mother being the exception who redefines the head in the sand metaphor. The problem is that by page 100 - in this 500+ page book - the stage is set and the reader not only joins the Freemans in their inability to "free" (get it?) themselves of this evil stalker but also the author's inability to provide either a realistic or even empathetic narrative. The stalker is not only a psychopath - he's also a genius - who can blend into any crowd or situation, is a computer hacking expert, is feared by everyone he comes in contact with - as our writer/narrator finds out - and is seemingly omniscient. Compounding this situation is the Freeman family's inability to get their act together or even act rationally. A quick for instance, Ashley's father's first move when he learns of his daughter's dilemma is not to call the police, but to try and buy-off the evil stalker, which of course doesn't work. And things progress from bad to worse as the Freemans simply become a punching bag for every bad thing the author can think of to befall them - and to the author's credit he thinks of a lot. It just becomes too much and thus repetitious. This book is a perfect example of what appears, to this reader, to be a lack of serious editing - even if you buy the premise. At half the length this book would be too long. Pass on this one.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Miraglia

    I'm not even halfway done with this book and already I'm struggling to finish it. The characters do not feel believable at all. I mean, what in the world made the author think anybody WOULD PAY A STALKER TO STOP STALKING? How does that make any sense whatsoever? YOU CAN'T BRIBE A STALKER. And the narrator being a writer researching the story of Ashley and her stalker feels more like someone lecturing on the dangers of stalkers. Which is in no way an appealing way of storytelling. "Whe I'm not even halfway done with this book and already I'm struggling to finish it. The characters do not feel believable at all. I mean, what in the world made the author think anybody WOULD PAY A STALKER TO STOP STALKING? How does that make any sense whatsoever? YOU CAN'T BRIBE A STALKER. And the narrator being a writer researching the story of Ashley and her stalker feels more like someone lecturing on the dangers of stalkers. Which is in no way an appealing way of storytelling. "When has the authorities ever helped anyone?" says the character that is the mother-in-law of a lawyer. I was annoyed by all the stupid decisions these characters have made, but that anti-police statement has managed to completely piss me off. As a writer myself, I can actually picture what the author did. This book reads like he researched the psychology of a stalker and created a story around that profile, instead of the other way around. It feels more like he wrapped a story around research instead of incorporating research into a story. The book reads like a "how to identify a stalker" brochure rather than a fiction novel. The last major complaint I have is that the author didn't trust is audience. He felt he had to explain everything rather than allow the audience to figure it out for themselves. That was basically all the "investigative reporter" did in the novel, answer the questions that the audience could've figured out for themselves, but that the author clearly thought the audience was too stupid to figure out for themselves. I wish I'd written down an example, but I didn't and I have no desire to look back through this awful book for one. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME READING THIS BOOK.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Let me just start out by saying I hate cruelty to animals in reading books. I absolutely hate it. While this book was definitely suspenseful, the psycho stalker would've been just as psycho if he had not put cats in Ziploc bags and then put them in his freezer. Or killed Nameless. A little disappointing in my opinion.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Koray Geziciler

    6/5. Yes! Six stars out of damn five. The characters, the plot and the ending. Everything's checked. ''Hello, Ashley. I've missed you more than you can imagine. But soon we will be together forever, and that will be great. I love you more today than yesterday. And tomorrow I will love you even more... Forever yours, Michael How come such beautiful words could ever give you so much chills... Damn. If you are interested in reading psychological thrillers, this one is defi/> 6/5. Yes! Six stars out of damn five. The characters, the plot and the ending. Everything's checked. ''Hello, Ashley. I've missed you more than you can imagine. But soon we will be together forever, and that will be great. I love you more today than yesterday. And tomorrow I will love you even more... Forever yours, Michael How come such beautiful words could ever give you so much chills... Damn. If you are interested in reading psychological thrillers, this one is definitely your kind of treat. As you read this story about a coldblooded, patient and creepily calm man, Michael O'Connell, his everlasting -even growing by second- obsession over a young girl, Ashley Freeman and the things he would do for this girl to make her realise that they are supposedly made for each other, the plot will literally suck you in like a blackhole especially when you have no clue about how far this man can go with his blinding obsession, countless possibilities of him turning her and her family's lives into a freaking nightmare while he considers his actions as loving someone to death...

  11. 4 out of 5

    William

    OK..I am officially skittish about writing a review of a book in the thriller genre. It seems that what thrills one may not thrill another and that while sex and violence sells its a turn on for some and less so for others. That said there is some but remarkably little overt sex and violence in this book. This is a book about mind games and what rational people will do in irrational situations. Its about coincidences and what happens when a truly smart but demented character manipulates those ci OK..I am officially skittish about writing a review of a book in the thriller genre. It seems that what thrills one may not thrill another and that while sex and violence sells its a turn on for some and less so for others. That said there is some but remarkably little overt sex and violence in this book. This is a book about mind games and what rational people will do in irrational situations. Its about coincidences and what happens when a truly smart but demented character manipulates those circumstances to their own advantage. Micheal O'Connell, from the wrong side of the tracks has fallen in love with upper-middle class blond Ashley, (talk about a news reporters wet dream), after a drunken one night stand. But M. O. is not to be easily deterred when the inevitable break-up occurs. The rest of the book is deicated to his ability to stalk Ashley and make the lives of those she loves miserable as they attempt to shield her from his increasingly menacing advances. The psychological and modern technological warfare waged by both camps is terrifying in that its all so completely possible. The ending is unexpected and a nice twist. The only minor flaws to me in the book were its length..there was room for some judicious editing and when the scenes shifted from Micheal to the families efforts to save Ashley there was a noticible drop off in excitment. The crazed stalker was truly the star of the show.

  12. 4 out of 5

    LJ

    THE WRONG MAN (Suspense-New England-Cont) – DNF Katzenbach, John – Standalone Ballantine Books, 2006, US Hardcover – ISBN: 0345464834 First Sentence: Would you like to hear a story? Divorced professor Scott Freeman finds a crumpled note in the back of his college daughter’s dresser drawer that makes him very uncomfortable. Although his daughter, Ashley, has not said anything to him, his ex-wife or her partner, perceives a tone of threat and possession in the note. THE WRONG MAN (Suspense-New England-Cont) – DNF Katzenbach, John – Standalone Ballantine Books, 2006, US Hardcover – ISBN: 0345464834 First Sentence: Would you like to hear a story? Divorced professor Scott Freeman finds a crumpled note in the back of his college daughter’s dresser drawer that makes him very uncomfortable. Although his daughter, Ashley, has not said anything to him, his ex-wife or her partner, perceives a tone of threat and possession in the note. From that, begins a story of what a family will do to protect their own. Katzenbach is either hot or cold for me. I have loved some of his other books, but not this one. He is an excellent writer with a fascinating style but this felt predictable, gimmicky and, in some ways, trite to me. I knew where it was going but just wasn’t willing to go along on the journey. Perhaps his next book…

  13. 5 out of 5

    JoAnn/QuAppelle

    This book could have been edited by about 100 pages. It just rambled on and on and on. Too long and too much. Okay, so let's assume that the stalking laws do not work and what these characters tried to put into motion was the only way to deal with O'Connell. What a bunch of bumblers. No one checked the gun to see if it was ready to fire. No one thought of the fact that perhaps after they framed O'Connell he might get off on an insanity plea. Oy vey. And there were a LOT of inconsisten This book could have been edited by about 100 pages. It just rambled on and on and on. Too long and too much. Okay, so let's assume that the stalking laws do not work and what these characters tried to put into motion was the only way to deal with O'Connell. What a bunch of bumblers. No one checked the gun to see if it was ready to fire. No one thought of the fact that perhaps after they framed O'Connell he might get off on an insanity plea. Oy vey. And there were a LOT of inconsistencies in this book. Where was the editor? As an example, the conspirators put a nail into O'Connell's tire, yet he peeled out of the driveway with a sound of shrieking tires. HUH????? Just bad, although I kept reading to find out what happened ...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This was an AWESOME suspense book, and sure to turn anybody off of a one night stand. A college girl has too many drinks and sleeps with the wrong guy. When he starts stalking her, he makes life difficult for anybody who tries to protect her. This book kept me blue from holding my breath from beginning to end.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Misstae

    the book started out real good, very intense and attention grabbing.. then it kept dragging on.. and on and on. after a while, i got kinda bored with it and when i finally did make it to the ending it was rather disappointing. i wont be in any rush to read another book from this author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    2.5 stars As I was reading this book, it started to become more and more familiar to me, then I realized that I had read it before...don't remember when and I couldn't remember the ending, so I finished it. Towards the end, though, I was getting bored and wanted to finish it so I could start a new book. To me, not a believable conclusion.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    Great book! Very suspenseful- hard to put the book down.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Arnita Beinaroviča

    Creepy. That`s it. Creepy. That`s it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Arina Duggins

    Not a bad one, I really want to see a movie made out of it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    another good book.. really makes you think

  21. 4 out of 5

    Todd Schafer

    Of course, this psychotic killer gets off on killing cats. I mean that was a little cliche. Some would say it was an unnecessary plot addition, but I thought the fact that the victim's mother now had a gay lover, and it was the three of them (including the dad) that got involved....well, that just made the story more interesting

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn F

    I actually stopped reading this about a third of the way in ... the writing is good and there is some intrigue in a couple of the 'voices', who exactly are they and what is their relation to the events and people that are unfolding - but I just found I wasn't in the mood to read about the specifics of how a young woman gets stalked and presumably killed (focus on her and her family rather than say the investigator etc, I guess right at the moment when I read about crime I want it at least that f I actually stopped reading this about a third of the way in ... the writing is good and there is some intrigue in a couple of the 'voices', who exactly are they and what is their relation to the events and people that are unfolding - but I just found I wasn't in the mood to read about the specifics of how a young woman gets stalked and presumably killed (focus on her and her family rather than say the investigator etc, I guess right at the moment when I read about crime I want it at least that far removed ...)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    This was the second book I've read by this author, and I am again impressed with the quality of his writing. This was a tale about obsessive love, parental love, spousal love, and the absence of love. The creepiness of the stalker and his ability to infiltrate everyone's lives really made me uneasy and fearful for my own daughter, and although this is an exceedingly long book, I was compelled to finish it in record time to see if the relentless, remorseless stalker receives his just desserts. My This was the second book I've read by this author, and I am again impressed with the quality of his writing. This was a tale about obsessive love, parental love, spousal love, and the absence of love. The creepiness of the stalker and his ability to infiltrate everyone's lives really made me uneasy and fearful for my own daughter, and although this is an exceedingly long book, I was compelled to finish it in record time to see if the relentless, remorseless stalker receives his just desserts. My one huge complaint about the book (other than the horrifying killing of cats) was the weird, infuriating use of a completely disjointed dialogue between two unnamed people at the end of every chapter. I skipped over and ignored these sections entirely and just focused on the main story because it was so maddening that the speakers in these dialogues were not identified. But other than that, it was another great story by this author, and I recommend it to those who relish great psychological thrillers.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Skye

    I read an old glowing review of this book in a newspaper and I am impatiently waiting for Carolyn Kepnes' new book, so I thought I'd give this a try. This was just....awful. So little character development for the people who mattered, pages and pages of horrifically boring inner dialogue of characters that you are given no reason to care about. The relationship between the stalker and the victim was virtually nonexistent- making the "suspense" evaporate very quickly. The bad guy was apparently a I read an old glowing review of this book in a newspaper and I am impatiently waiting for Carolyn Kepnes' new book, so I thought I'd give this a try. This was just....awful. So little character development for the people who mattered, pages and pages of horrifically boring inner dialogue of characters that you are given no reason to care about. The relationship between the stalker and the victim was virtually nonexistent- making the "suspense" evaporate very quickly. The bad guy was apparently amazing at everything and really evil though I never learned exactly why or how. And the absolutely laughable decisions made were just too much. I also loathe a suspense/crime novel in which the police are completely useless and don't do their job. I barely made it through and I need something to cleanse my palate after this mess.

  25. 5 out of 5

    K

    Scott Freeman a college professor grounded in the rational and practical, he becomes uneasy after finding an anonymous love letter hidden in his daughter's room. But the reality of Ashley's plight far exceeds Scott's worst suspicions. One drink too many had led Ashley, a beautiful, bright art student, into what she thought was just a fling with a blue-collar bad boy. But now, no amount of pleading or reasoning can discourage his phone calls, ardent e-mails, and constant, watchful gaze. The harde Scott Freeman a college professor grounded in the rational and practical, he becomes uneasy after finding an anonymous love letter hidden in his daughter's room. But the reality of Ashley's plight far exceeds Scott's worst suspicions. One drink too many had led Ashley, a beautiful, bright art student, into what she thought was just a fling with a blue-collar bad boy. But now, no amount of pleading or reasoning can discourage his phone calls, ardent e-mails, and constant, watchful gaze. The harder Ashley tries to break free, the deeper Michael burrows into every aspect of her life, in desperation she turns to her divorced parents and her mother's new partner. Despite lingering resentment their devotion to Ashley is the common bond that will draw them together to face down a predator.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Terrell

    This book is a formula book. I found both the plot and the characters to be contrived. It is like the author sat with a formula for a thriller, and pecked out this novel. It seems to lack any real passion in the writing or creativeness in the plot or the characters. The bad guy is too smart, always able to do things to these bright people without them knowing how to counter it. The good guys are too whiney and helpless. The law is too inept. Even the spunky old grandma (call Central Casting, ple This book is a formula book. I found both the plot and the characters to be contrived. It is like the author sat with a formula for a thriller, and pecked out this novel. It seems to lack any real passion in the writing or creativeness in the plot or the characters. The bad guy is too smart, always able to do things to these bright people without them knowing how to counter it. The good guys are too whiney and helpless. The law is too inept. Even the spunky old grandma (call Central Casting, please) doesn't have the spunk to pull the trigger. The book isn't without tension. Those who enjoy just going along for a ride might enjoy it -- as long as you don't think too much while you're reading it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathrin

    17% into this book: * At the end of each chapter is a perspective change to an investigating author researching the case. Right now I can't see the value add to the story. * The victim acts like the actors in that insurance commercial "let's hide behind the wall of chain saws"... it's very irritating. 35% into the book: * it's frustrating that the main characters don't communicate * thinking about giving up on this book 66% into the book * I no longer th 17% into this book: * At the end of each chapter is a perspective change to an investigating author researching the case. Right now I can't see the value add to the story. * The victim acts like the actors in that insurance commercial "let's hide behind the wall of chain saws"... it's very irritating. 35% into the book: * it's frustrating that the main characters don't communicate * thinking about giving up on this book 66% into the book * I no longer think about giving up, but still not excited * for me the characters act completely illogical and a lot of the twists and turns feel artificial So, I finished, but I skipped overvmost of the last 150 pages.... There are definitely some editing issues, along with everything mentioned above.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Addison Public Library

    The Wrong Man features a particularly nasty villain named Michael O'Connell. After having a one-night stand with lovely art student Ashley Freeman, O'Connell begins to stalk her relentlessly. When she tries to reason with him, he merely smirks and tells her that eventually she will understand that they are destined to be together. Ashley would prefer not to involve her family in her problems, but eventually her father Scott, a college history professor, and her mother, Sally, a lawyer, find out The Wrong Man features a particularly nasty villain named Michael O'Connell. After having a one-night stand with lovely art student Ashley Freeman, O'Connell begins to stalk her relentlessly. When she tries to reason with him, he merely smirks and tells her that eventually she will understand that they are destined to be together. Ashley would prefer not to involve her family in her problems, but eventually her father Scott, a college history professor, and her mother, Sally, a lawyer, find out that Ashley is in serious trouble. href="http://catalog.addisonlibrary.org/sea... out this book today!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Natalia

    Ah! What a book. An excellent idea. It definitely shows us what people are willing to do in extreme situations. In the beginning, I wasn't sure I'd like it to much. It was too long, and so detailed that it felt more like a story than a thriller. Still, The writing was great, and it kept me entertained until the end where I realized that a story is exactly what it was meant to be. I am sad though. Did he have to kill off my favorite character? Geeze! Ah well. I will defenitly read this author's o Ah! What a book. An excellent idea. It definitely shows us what people are willing to do in extreme situations. In the beginning, I wasn't sure I'd like it to much. It was too long, and so detailed that it felt more like a story than a thriller. Still, The writing was great, and it kept me entertained until the end where I realized that a story is exactly what it was meant to be. I am sad though. Did he have to kill off my favorite character? Geeze! Ah well. I will defenitly read this author's other stuff. They look really interesting.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Roth

    John Katzenbach is the master of the psychological thriller. He keeps you on the edge of your seat at the same time that he fully fleshes out three dimensional characters that are believable I enjoy reading all of his books and this one did not disappoint. The plot is engrossing and horrifyingly real, considering anyone can become a victim of romantic obsession and unfortunately, people like Michael O'Connell (obsessive stalker with more than above average computer hacking skills) rea John Katzenbach is the master of the psychological thriller. He keeps you on the edge of your seat at the same time that he fully fleshes out three dimensional characters that are believable I enjoy reading all of his books and this one did not disappoint. The plot is engrossing and horrifyingly real, considering anyone can become a victim of romantic obsession and unfortunately, people like Michael O'Connell (obsessive stalker with more than above average computer hacking skills) really do exist

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