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BLOG TOUR: The Wrong Man by Kate White

I am very excited to be on the blog tour today for the fantastic new book, The Wrong Man, written by Kate White, the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine. I think this tense thriller will be a big hit with readers, here's the synopsis:

Kit Finn meets handsome sculptor Matt Healy on a business trip and the two share a night of passion. They arrange a second date, but when Kit arrives at Matt's apartment she is greeted by a stranger claiming he is the real Matt and that his identity was stolen.
Shortly after, the police ask her to identify a man killed in a hit and run, carrying only her business card, and she is shocked to find the dead man is the person she knows as the genuine Matt Healy.
Kit fears she has become unintentionally embroiled in a sinister web of deceit. With no real evidence to take to the police, Kit resolves to unravel the mystery herself. But can she do so before more lives, including her own, are put in danger?

Sounds good doesn't it! Read on for an extract from the book, then go and buy it!! 

For a moment she couldn’t process what he’d just said. Instead, as she stared at the man’s unfamiliar features, other phrases kept tumbling through her brain: wrong apartment, wrong building, wrong street, wrong day, wrong something.
But then, finally, his words computed: “I’m Matt Healy.
So where was the other Matt Healy? The one who was supposed to be serving her chili or stir-fry or whatever guys whipped up when they invited you for dinner? It felt as if she’d accidentally exited a building from a different door than the one she’d entered and was on the wrong street now, momentarily discombobulated.
“I—I don’t understand,” Kit stammered. “Is this some kind of joke?”
He smiled. Pleasant seeming, not acting at all cagey. For the first time, she really took in his appearance. Nice enough looking. Strawberry-blond hair. Blue eyes. He was dressed casually, in an untucked, long-sleeved dress shirt and a pair of brown cords, but he exuded a buttoned-up vibe. Lawyer/banker type.
“Well, not a joke I’m playing,” he said. “Why exactly are you here?”
“To see a man I know named Matt Healy. We had plans.”
He shrugged. “Like I said, I’m Healy and I don’t believe we’ve ever met.”
“But the doorman,” she said, really flummoxed now. “He—he told me to go right up.”
“Yeah, I know. He rang to say someone named Kit was on the way up. I said I wasn’t expecting anyone but by that time you’d hopped on the elevator. I figured he got the name wrong, and it was probably a friend of mine dropping by to say hi.”
Instinctively, she bit her lip, trying to think, trying to make sense of the rabbit hole she seemed to have fallen down. Maybe, by a freakish chance, there were two guys named Matt Healy in the building. But this was the apartment number Matt had given her. A revelation fought its way across a threshold in her mind. Had she been played? Tricked for some reason she didn’t understand?
“Look,” the guy said, “maybe there’s an explanation. Do you want to come in for a minute and we’ll try to sort it out?”
Down the long hall, the drone of a TV leaked beneath the door of another apartment but that was the only sound. No, she certainly didn’t want to come in.
Shaking her head, she wondered what to do next. Her confusion began to morph into anger. If the man she’d had dinner with hadn’t wanted to see her again, why set up this whole charade tonight?
The guy flipped over a hand in a kind of “I’m-as-stumped-as-you-are” gesture.
“I’m sure this isn’t any fun for you,” he said, “but let me at least help. I bet there’s more than one Matt Healy in New York. How did you get the address?”
“From him. We met in Florida a few days ago and he invited me for dinner.”
He took a slow breath and brought his hands to his mouth steeple style, holding them there. She wondered if he might be amused by her predicament, but his expression was intense and a couple of seconds later he raised an eyebrow in alarm.
“Oh God, I think I know what’s going on,” he said. “A week or so ago, someone robbed me. I mean, they stole my wallet. I cancelled my credit cards but the thief would still have my license, which of course has my address on it.”
It felt as if someone had kicked her legs out from under her. Did this mean that the man she’d slept with was a thief? She could see him clearly in her mind’s eye. Confident, self-possessed, a bit mysterious. But no way had there been a hint of anything criminal.
“I really should go,” she said. She wanted to get as far away as possible from apartment 18C.
“No, wait.” The guy’s voice was almost pleading. “I can understand why you don’t want to come in. For all you know I’ve got the real Matt Healy hogtied in here. But I don’t and I really need to hear more details from you. This guy may have stolen my identity. Would you be willing to go someplace public with me? There’s a little bar a few doors down from the building.”
“Okay,” she said finally. Though the idea had nada appeal for her, it seemed unfair not to help him.
“Let me just grab my jacket,” he said.
“I’ll meet you in the lobby,” she told him. She needed a minute alone and a chance to think.
In the elevator, she flopped back against the wall and groaned. Maybe there was an explanation. Somewhere the real Matt Healy had to be waiting for her, maybe right this minute popping a cork from a bottle of wine or stirring a stew pot in anticipation of her arrival.
She checked her phone, where she’d programmed Matt’s info when he’d called on her way to the airport. She groaned again as she saw that she was definitely at that address. There was a chance, of course, that she’d taken down the details incorrectly. But it was too huge a coincidence that a building she ended up in erroneously would have an occupant with the same name in the very same apartment.
What if the guy in the apartment really wasn’t who he claimed to be? An imposter. But about a minute later, when he hurried around the corner from the elevator bank into the lobby, the concierge nodded at him and called out, “Evening, Mr. Healy.”
There seemed little room for doubt now. She’d been hoodwinked.
They stepped outside and Healy—yeah, she had to start thinking of him that way now—gestured toward a building a couple of doors down. As they reached the entrance she saw that it was an Italian restaurant, one of those faux rustic ones with yellow and white checked tablecloths and chairs with woven twine backs. The kind of spot you’d pick for a second date, not where you’d debrief a person about a con artist. There was a small bar, though, and Healy suggested they grab stools there rather than a table.
The bartender greeted him by name, just as the concierge had. Kit realized glumly that unless she was part of some massive Bourne movie kind of conspiracy, the guy sitting next to her was who he claimed to be. And the man she’d met five days ago wasn’t. When she’d first encountered him shopping in Islamorada, she’d thought of him as Mr. X, and now he was no more than X again.
Healy asked what she wanted to drink and she told him a cappuccino. She’d briefly considered a glass of wine, just to take the edge off, but she needed a clear head to come to grips with what had happened. He ordered a scotch and water himself and took a quick swig as soon as it arrived.
Healy had seemed unruffled when she’d first shown up on his doorstep, but she could sense his tension now—in the stiffness of his body, the way he jiggled the plastic straw that had been in his drink.
“I appreciate this,” Healy said. “When I lost my wallet I thought cancelling six credit cards and ordering a new license was the worst of it, but the situation is clearly more complicated. What did this guy tell you he did for a living?”
“That he’d run a tech business but had recently sold it. Is that what you do?”
“No, I’m a portfolio manager at a hedge fund. You said you were in Florida when you met this guy. Where exactly?”
“Islamorada. He was staying at the same hotel I was.”
“And he told you he was headed back here? Did he say when?”
“Today—and he promised to make me dinner.” Of course, the missing meal was hardly the issue. She’d slept with a man, formed a connection with him, and had been hoping for more. And it had all been a sham.
Healy’s body seemed to tense even more.
“Sounds like he might actually still be there, in Islamorada.”
“He said he was going to Miami,” Kit said. “But I guess that might have been a lie, too.”
Yes, maybe it all had been a lie. Certainly if he was busy pickpocketing people, he hadn’t recently cashed in on a tech company. But what about the drive south, being a sculptor, the Boho sister in Miami, the girlfriend who’d moved back to Melbourne? It stood to reason that every detail had been make-believe, part of a devious scheme to sound enchanting and lure her into bed.
Healy ran his finger around the ri

m of the glass, saying nothing for a moment. She was sure he was wondering if she had slept with the guy in Florida and was smarting now from being stood up and made a fool of. Well, she was smarting. She felt humiliated.

Many thanks to Ellie at Canelo for inviting me to be part of the blog tour, The Wrong Man is out now! 

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