Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Eyes on You - Kate White

Kate White has no lack of experience when it comes to writing. She's the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine, has written numerous non-fiction books on careers and leadership as well as a number of fiction titles that have made appearances on the New York Times bestseller lists.

Her latest title, Eyes on You, releases June 24/14 and is the first book I've read from this author.

Television host Robin Trainer has bounced back from both career and personal setbacks two years ago. She's got a hit show on her hands, and a book that looks destined for the best seller lists. But someone seems to be just as determined to knock her back down. Small things like nasty notes quickly evolve into actual physical harm. Who could it be? And why?

Well, White gives us lots of direction. Or misdirection if you will. She gives lots of attention to each and every possible perpetrator, leaving the actual doer as a fairly obvious conclusion.

I got the gist of White's writing when the opening paragraph was a fairly detailed description of a pair of shoes Robin has chosen to wear. As mentioned above, White was the editor in chief of Cosmo magazine. Her writing style is very similar in tone to the magazine's image and content. Lots of celebrity, sex and lifestyle.

It was hard for me to like Robin as I found her to be a shallow, self-absorbed diva. Indeed, most of the characters are one dimensional. The plot is somewhat pedestrian as well. I found myself speed reading, just to get to the end to confirm the whodunit.

For this reader, the publisher's description -  'a riveting novel of psychological suspense' was a bit of a reach.  Light suspense for that plane ride or the beach? Yes.

"Kate White has been the editor in chief of five magazines, including Cosmopolitan, and is the New York Times bestselling author of two thrillers and the Bailey Weggins mystery series. White is also the author of popular career books for women, including the bestselling Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead . . . but Gutsy Girls Do."

You can find Kate White on Twitter and on Facebook.

See what others on the TLC Book Tour thought - full schedule can be found here.


ChristasBooks said...

I love a good psychological thriller but I hate when the ending feels too obvious. This sounds like it wouldn't be the best fit for me.

bermudaonion said...

I haven't read any of her work but, after meeting her at BEA, I want to.

Luanne said...

Christa - I just like a 'grittier' thriller.

Kathy - It was just too fluffy for me.

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.