Saturday, October 27, 2012
Book Review: 'CRASHERS'
If you had reached a point of financial desperation, how far would you go to turn things around?
Shari Barnes is a college student who has been making ends meet by waitressing. Her live-in boyfriend, Nathan Townsend, has it a tad better working as a stockbroker.
Unfortunately, within a very short period of time, both find themselves unemployed. Accused of wrongdoing, Nathan has a tough job search ahead of him. Prospects in L.A. aren’t much better for Shari. To make matters worse, Shari inadvertently causes a chain reaction car crash which just happens to involve a very handsome customer from Shari’s former job.
The fired-up female driver at the head of the crash claims she’s hurt. Facing a lawsuit for the lady’s injuries, Shari & Nathan meet the defendant’s unscrupulous attorney. While there, she runs into Bryce, the handsome customer from the accident scene.
Bryce isn’t an ordinary citizen & Shari’s accident wasn’t very accidental. When Bryce offers her a way out of her despair, it isn’t a legal way. Will the insurance fraud game prove too much of a gamble? Or will the allure of financial independence be too much of a golden ticket to pass up?
Our villain, Bryce, is a pretty realistic portrayal of someone who’d be in an activity such as this. Those committing fraud tend to be slick & dapper- which he is both.
Shari is high-strung & emotional. Readers may shake their heads at such naivety in Los Angeles. Nathan, too, should have been much wiser, being a stockbroker & all.
Although it’s fiction, the book’s realism can easily mimic a headline news story.
Fraud is big business. It’s easy to see how desperate people can fall into the trap. Shari, especially, feels real by being in such a hardworking, but low Totem pole career.
Coarse language is present. It doesn’t diminish the fantastic plot. Besides, with some of the folks in Bryce’s inner circle, you’d be surprised to not hear these things!
All the action is fast-paced. It’s not clouded with excessive dialogue or unnecessary scenery descriptions. I found myself quite invested in the plot. Actually, I was genuinely concerned with what decision Shari would make & I wanted to see what would become of her.
Lindy Hudis did a fabulous job blending fact with fiction. Thorough research is evident. Her characters are strong & she’s woven quite a captivating read. I read through it quickly due to its smooth yet fast pace.
We’re sure to see more fantastic offerings from our author. I rate it a 5 of 5 stars.
I received 1 print copy of the book for review. No other compensation was provided. I was not under obligation to write a positive review.