ARC: Eyes on You by Kate White

Posted on 06/23/2014 in Book Review / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC: Eyes on You by Kate WhiteEyes on You by Kate White
Published by Harper Collins on June 24, 2014
Genres: Adult, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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From New York Times bestselling author Kate White comes a riveting psychological suspense in which a media star must battle a malevolent enemy who may be disturbingly close to her.

After losing her on-air job two years ago, television host Robin Trainer has fought her way back and now she's hotter than ever. With her new show climbing in the ratings and her first book a bestseller, she's being dubbed a media double threat.

But suddenly, things begin to go wrong. Small incidents at first: a nasty note left in her purse; her photo shredded. But the obnoxious quickly becomes threatening when the foundation the makeup artist uses burns Robin's face. It wasn't an accident--someone had deliberately doctored with the product.

An adversary with a dark agenda wants to hurt Robin, and the clues point to someone she works with every day. While she frantically tries to put the pieces together and unmask this hidden foe, it becomes terrifyingly clear that the person responsible isn't going to stop until Robin loses everything that matters to her . . . including her life.

According to the cover, Eyes on You by Kate White is “a novel of suspense”. Unfortunately, I was hard pressed to find much suspense, or muster up much emotion at all for any of the characters. Someone is out to sabotage Robin, who has just gotten her life back on track after losing everything both personally and professionally. She now seems to have it all – she is a co-anchor on a TV talk show that is becoming quite successful, and her first book is just about to be published. Someone wants to take it all away from her – but who? And why? There are several suspects to choose from at Robin’s office, and most of them are at least guilty of being completely unlikeable, if not morally corrupt. I never really connected with Robin, and maybe that lack of connection was what kept me from really getting into the story and caring what happened to her. It should have been fun reading about the glamorous career of a New York television anchor who visits friends in the Hamptons on the weekends, but instead I just felt like I didn’t relate. I also felt like Robin made a lot of bad decisions, from volunteering information to people that she didn’t trust to having a fling that she knew she would have to lie about.  I never felt the suspenseful, creepy vibe that would have kept me anxiously turning pages. Instead, I was merely curious if my hunch was right (it was), and I wanted to see how the book would end. I did like the ending – not just the reveal and resolution of Robin’s stalker, but the way the entire story wrapped up.  I definitely wouldn’t consider this book a “thriller”, but if there are people who like their mysteries without a lot of intensity, then this book is for them.

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Jessica’s addiction to books began at age 4, going on weekly trips to the library with her mom. After being a young fan of Sweet Valley High and The Baby-Sitters Club, she discovered the thrill of reading a book that made her want to leave the light on and check under the bed. Her all-time favorite author is Stephen King, but she will read just about anything! Jessica never leaves home without her e-reader, and considers it the best gift she ever received. Her other hobbies include running and going to Disney World as often as possible.

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