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The setting of Santa Barbara plays a part in how Crystal views herself because she is among the rich, whose view of others demands that one is the trimmest, best dressed, perfectly fake woman, that money can buy. Then there is Kathi Wright, who is one of those rich, fake, "perfect" people, until her bank president husband dies and all those trappings fall to the ground and leave her with frozen assets and the FBI on her doorsteps, demanding information about the fraud that her husband had conducted against the bank and other people.
Kathy has always hid behind her husband and his controlling demands and had no idea of the state of their financial affairs. While everyone she's known drops or shuns her because she no longer fits their perfectly fake lives, Kathi is bewildered that the life she thought she was living is even faker than she ever imagined.
The book is told in alternating viewpoints of Crystal and Kathi with timelines that finally diverge at the end of the book. As we read Kathi's "now" timeline, we start with Crystal's timeline at about a year before Kathi's starts. This allows us to slowly learn how Crystal has engineered the events that lead Kathi to be under the eye of the FBI and without her husband and former trappings.
I could not relate to either woman and it was impossible for me to take a side. Neither woman has many redeeming qualities, especially qualities that really matter in life, such as kindness and concern for other's well-being. But still, it was interesting to watch as two timelines make their way towards each other so we can see what Crystal has done to Kathi Wright and her husband, and why she did those things.
Aug 03, Giulia rated it really liked it. Excellent book.. Fast paced and easy to follow for the most part as the story is told from two points of view but the two narrators are worlds apart in personality so their tales are easy to keep separate. The ending was maybe a little too pat but in honsesty, I still highly recommend to anyone who likes a suspenseful story where the bad guy is fed some justice. Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a chance to read and review.
Mar 22, Andrea Guy rated it really liked it Shelves: thriller , tlcblogtours , reviews. As far as Thrillers go, this one didn't feel quite as menacing as some, but there was something about the two detestable female lead characters that really pulled me in and made the pages keep turning. I don't think I've ever read a book where I hated both main characters so much, and that's including Gone Girl. Crystal and Kathi are both just awful. Crystal for all of her revenge motives and Kathi for being a wishy washy poor excuse for a human.
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She is the wimpiest worst excuse for a female ever As far as Thrillers go, this one didn't feel quite as menacing as some, but there was something about the two detestable female lead characters that really pulled me in and made the pages keep turning. She is the wimpiest worst excuse for a female ever! As you learn more about her marriage through her chapters and even through Crystal's mechanization, you almost feel sorry for her, but then again there's that nagging part of you that wonders how someone that was obviously educated uh she was offered a job with a publishing house could toss her life away for a jerk like Rich.
Where Kathi is gullible, Crystal is manipulative and scheming. She had a bad childhood, but that doesn't excuse her actions.
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She's a sociopath. She ends up with 2 strange friends, a fellow loan analyst and a homeless woman that's quasi-stalking her. How everything wraps up is a bit too perfect and nice and almost HEA for a thriller. It left me shaking my head a bit, but I still have to say, I enjoyed this book and truthfully it was probably one of the best books I've read this year so far. Aug 11, Savanah Rae rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion. I finished this book in one day but it was so absolutely very strange.
I couldn't figure out what was going to happen next but I had to read this book all about revenge to find out why it was happening. Crystal Love is giving away as a baby. Her parents gave her up because she was "too big". Her father is a banker and her mother doesn't work. She has a brother that is away at a college. He's an actor on a tv series. Her f I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion.
Her father ends up dying in an "accident" on a train tracks. He was working for a big bank and he was taking money from his neighbors. Millions of daughters he owed and once the FBI found out, he was in deep water. Crystal Love got a job at this bank and she was very devious. She got so many people in trouble and was the one who got her father in trouble in the first place. He didn't know that was his daughter in the first place and when Crystal finds her birth mother, Kathi's she's out to ruin her life as well. This book had so many twists and turns.
I couldn't believe the steps that Crystal was taking to ruin her parents life and everyone around her. I loved it! Crystal Love is a bored bank financial analysts who likes to play dangerous games.
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Life ending games, tear people's lives apart and watch type of games. Kathi is a rich newly widowed, she was Rich anyways. Now she begs publishers to look at the romance novels she writes. We read her side while she spirals down, and up, then down etc after the death and new shocking secrets her late husband h What She Gave Away by author Catharine Riggs is a great thriller told from two points of view.
We read her side while she spirals down, and up, then down etc after the death and new shocking secrets her late husband hide.. She seems like a good woman but she isn't perfect, she has her own secrets just like Crystal Love. I would recommend this book as a quick and easy to read with some big twists and good story line.
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Apr 24, Ashley Dyer rated it really liked it Shelves: crime-fiction. I heard the author read from her work at a crime convention in Canada recently and was delighted by the protagonist's distinctive, snarky, delightfully wicked voice. I bought the book straight after the reading and was not disappointed. In fact, there are TWO equally distinctive voices in the narrative--Kathi, the privileged widow of a banker whose world is rapidly falling apart, and Crystal Love, an unloved and possibly unlovable financial analyst, who seems hell-bent on revenge.
Highly enter I heard the author read from her work at a crime convention in Canada recently and was delighted by the protagonist's distinctive, snarky, delightfully wicked voice.
Highly entertaining. Susan This got my interest from the start and I could not do anything else until I finished it - great book. Great first novel! I enjoyed the ending very much! Jul 29, Ellie rated it it was ok Shelves: mystery-thriller , challenge , fiction , to-review , pub-in Lots to unpack here. Review to come. Aug 01, Shannon Dyer rated it liked it Shelves: arc , Round up to 3.
Review to come at AAR. Aug 08, Adrienne B rated it really liked it Shelves: This story is packed full of murder, suicide, banking fraud and even more lies and manipulation. But who is at fault or is it just a series of unfortunate tragic events? The main characters, Crystal and Kathi, are both unreliable narrators which slightly complicates matters.