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Book Reviews of The Wrong Man

The Wrong Man
The Wrong Man
Author: John Katzenbach
ISBN-13: 9780345464842
ISBN-10: 0345464842
Pages: 512
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 34 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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12 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

reviewed The Wrong Man on + 216 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I could NOT put this book down!! About half way through this novel, I started imagining who would play Scott, Sally, Hope, Ashley and even the "villian" Michael O'Connell. This would be an awesome movie. Its a awesome read for a weekend. Keep the lights on!!
GainesvilleGirl avatar reviewed The Wrong Man on + 215 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This is, after a slightly slow beginning, a roller coaster ride of suspense and thrills. A young woman who is being stalked by a spurned lover, turns to her family for help. When the stalker learns of this he begins an insidious attack on each of them through computer hacking. Soon their careers and reputations are on the verge of being destroyed. Then there are the mysterious,vicious attacks on people associated with the young woman. As the family realizes that they have to take matters into their own hands to rid their lives of this insane monster, they come up with an intricate scheme that is chilling in its performance. I can highly recommend The Wrong Man. It's one of Katzenbach's absolute best.
curledupwithabook avatar reviewed The Wrong Man on + 169 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
What a great story! John Katzenbach does a terrific job of setting the stage, building in some interesting (and frightening) details, developing the characters, and tying it all up in an edge-of-your-seat thriller. I especially enjoyed the attention to detail and the very satisfying ending. This was my first by Mr. Katzenbach, but it won't be my last.
tashajean avatar reviewed The Wrong Man on + 146 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Very good book - edge of your seat terror when a one night stand turns in to a single-minded love affair. Highly recommended.
reviewed The Wrong Man on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Excellent edge of your seat thriller. A worthwhile read!
myanniecat avatar reviewed The Wrong Man on + 218 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
A chilling, impulsive read about obsessive love. The last 100 pages are so intense and scary...I couldn't put it down. I'll definitely look for more books by this author.
reviewed The Wrong Man on + 181 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This was one of the best books I have read in a while--you can not even think of how it will end. Hard to put down.
reviewed The Wrong Man on + 21 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
In a word..................EXCELLENT!!!!!!
Sleepy26177 avatar reviewed The Wrong Man on + 218 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
- Would you like to hear a story ? An unusual one. But first you must promise that you will never let on where you've heard it. And if you do, you will conceal enough of the story so that it can never be tracked back to me or the persons I am going to talk about. No one will ever know if it is true or just a writers fiction. -

Imagine your child or a person you dearly love happens to meet a twisted mind, capable of shadowing you with every step you take, invading your life, penetrating your job, reputation, your whole existence and the people belonging to you.
This is how Scott, Sally and her girlfriend Hope feel when daughter Ashely opens up to them that she's got a problem with a boy stalking her.

Michael O'Connell fell in love with Ashley after a one-night-stand. It was nothing for her, it is the world for him. His possession drives him to follow her very step wherever she goes, whatever she does. There is no "No" acceptable for him, so Ashley's rejection just isn't valid to him. She is meant for him.
Confronted with this problem that began with nightly calls, later dead flowers, Ashely's family decides to buy her out of this problem but Michael doesn't function like he's supposed to. Instead his anger and rage focus on Ashley's family and they begin to realize there is no way out of this.
The family feels trapped, not knowing what he might do or might not do. Victims become conspirators driven by fear, the love for their child and a deadly plan is made. A plan that will hunt them for the rest of their life, a plan that won't let them sleep well for the rest of their lives.


Let me say, this isn't a past paced book. It's a lot about insecurity, not knowing how to handle a situation in which you know you and the persons you love are in danger but you don't have anything in hand to make authorities to listen to you. It is about standing against a wall and the only way out is something you never considered you are capable of.
The book is a slow process into the life of a almost normal family:
Parents divorced, the mother, a lawyer, shifted her affectations into sharing her life with a woman, the daughter graduating in art, the father a teacher of history with a highly regarded reputation.
But when danger lingers settled minds start to spin.
It is a terrible imagination for everyone and that is exactly what the writer had in mind. He creeps you out and leads you slowly into the life of this family, scaring you by just imagining how easily it is to find yourself in a similar situation.

Well thought-out by Mr. Katzenbach. The books gets you at your deepest fears which no one likes to know they even exist.
debs avatar reviewed The Wrong Man on + 589 more book reviews
I'm a huge mystery/thriller fan, and read that genre almost exclusively, so I'm no novice when it comes to authors trying to scare you. This book is a psychological thriller like I've not read before -- I couldn't read it when I was alone in the house! I liked the fact that it didn't need to be bloody/gory to be scary, either. For the most part, if there was a struggle to be depicted, it was done "off camera", allowing the imagination of the reader to build a picture of what might have happened. Even though you know pretty early on who the protagonist is, the story still has ways to keep you guessing as to what might happen.
reviewed The Wrong Man on + 23 more book reviews
This is an excellent book! Superb suspense! Never lets you down! There is always an unexpected twist! Loved it!
reviewed The Wrong Man on + 5 more book reviews
What lengths will you go to protect someone you love? How can your life be turned upside down by a stranger, without violence? The author weaves both together in this must read novel.
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