Man of the Year
A sinister, sophisticated debut thriller by “a remarkable new voice to watch” (J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author), Man of the Year has been lauded by Shelf Awareness as “an impressive slow burn that builds suspense and cracks the whip at the end…redolent with menace and ego.”
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.
Biting and timely, Man of the Year races along at an electric pace, building to a wicked twist you won’t see coming.
Physician Robert Hart, the narrator of Walker's searing debut, has a beautiful wife, Elizabeth, who teaches at Stony Brook; he's reconnecting with his college-age son, Jonah, who for once is spending the summer with him in Sag Harbor, N.Y., instead of with his ex-wife; and he has just won the township's Citizen of the Year award. However, all is not well in the Hart home. Jonah's college roommate Nick Carpenter, whose parents died when he was young, is staying in their guest house, and the cynical Robert suspects, with little evidence, that Nick and Elizabeth are having an affair. As a result, Robert takes highly questionable steps to keep the two separated. After a shocking event, Robert frantically begins covering his tracks, desperate to keep his life's carefully constructed veneer of respectability intact. There are more than a few surprising twists in store in this smart, subtly menacing novel of suspense. Walker is a writer to watch.
This is a long labored, kind of “who done it”. I lost interest about half way through. The story line was good, but kept getting lost in the words. I found myself saying “get a move on” and had to make a real effort to finish. Ok read, just not for me.
Gripping until the last page.
I absolutely loved this book. The exploration of the characters, the twists and turns, the delectable writing. When is her next book coming out?