Saturday, December 12, 2020

Man of the Year

 Man of the Year


Author: Caroline Louise Walker

Publisher: Gallery Books

Year: 2020

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Synopsis: Dr. Robert Hart, Sag Harbor’s just-named Man of the Year, is the envy of his friends and neighbors. His medical practice is thriving. He has a beautiful old house and a beautiful new wife and a beautiful boat docked in the village marina. Even his wayward son, Jonah, is back on track, doing well at school and finally worthy of his father’s attentions. So when Jonah’s troubled college roommate needs a place to stay for the summer, Hart and his wife generously offer him their guesthouse. A win-win: Jonah will have someone to hang with, and his father can bask in the warm glow of his own generosity. 


But when Robert suspects his new houseguest of getting a little too close to his wife, the good doctor’s veneer begins to crack, and all the little lies he tells start to mount. Before long, Robert is embroiled in a desperate downward spiral, threatening to destroy anyone who stands in his way. It’s only the women in his life—his devoted office manager, his friends and neighbors, his wife—who can reveal the truth…if he’s willing to look. 


Robert is all about his reputation and how others perceive him. He has the town

convinced that he’s a great guy, but he’s really a jerk with a big ego. He’s paranoid about his wife and he sets off a tragic train of events - for which he takes no responsibility. 


For most of the book, I kept waiting for more to happen. The downward spiral the blurb promised was just Robert telling more lies and trying to manipulate his family to cover up a repulsive lie he told. I was surprised by the twist at the end and that kind of redeemed the book for me. If you’re a huge fan of psychological thrillers, give this a try. 

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