Book Review, Family Relationships, Galley Books, NetGalley, Psychological, Thriller

Man of the Year by Caroline Louise Walker


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, finally worthy of his father’s attentions. So when Jonah’s troubled college roommate, Nick, needs a place to stay for the summer, Hart and his wife generously offer him their guest house. 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 he begins to notice his new houseguest getting a little too close to his wife, the good doctor’s veneer begins to crack. All the little lies Robert tells—harmless falsehoods meant to protect everything he holds dear—begin to mount. Before long, he’s embroiled in a desperate downward spiral, destroying the lives that stand in his way. It’s only the women in his life—his devoted office manager, his friends, his wife—who can clearly see the truth.

Biting and timely, Man of the Year races along at an electric pace, with a wicked twist that you won’t see coming.


Do you want to know a secret? Well, this family is full of them and they get more fabricated and onerous as time goes on. Who’s sleeping with who, who’s hiding a murder, or is it a suicide?

This is a character-driven story told through various perspectives and just when you think you buy into the paranoia of one character, a wrench is thrown in the mix when the story changes by reading the perspective of another character.

A debut psychological thriller that plays with your head to the very end!

Thank you to Ms. Walker, Gallery Books and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book with no expectations of a positive review given.


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Caroline Louise WalkerCaroline Louise Walker grew up in Rock Island, Illinois. For her fiction and nonfiction, she has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, The Kerouac Project, Jentel Arts and Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences. She holds an MA from NYU. Man of the Year is her first novel.

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