the arrangement by robyn harding

The Arrangement

Natalie has left behind the Pacific Northwest and an ex-boyfriend who won’t take no for an answer, and fled to the Big Apple! She is an artist and between struggling to pay her rent, her tuition, and food, she isn’t left with much.

While her roommates’ plot to get her out of the apartment due to her constant lateness with the bills as well as bringing home guys. She is stretched as tight as she can be. When her bar job ends she is desperate to stay in school and stay in New York.

Her art school friends have lots of suggestions, but Nat needs money now. When she hears about Sugar Babies, she loathes having to go there, but go there she does.

All she has to do is hang out for a dinner or two and she gets paid. A part of her feels like a whore but the part that wants to have nice things and stay in New York wins over.

And that was where it went awry. The girl is 21. And not a big city girl. She talks so formally and the obsession comes so fast that it left me wondering if there was a deadline somewhere.  In the end, they were all despicable people.

NetGalley/ July 30th, 2019 by Gallery/Scout Press

 

 

 

 

THE FIRST MISTAKE by SANDIE JONES

The First Mistake

From the author of The Other Woman comes The First Mistake by Sandie Jones.

Alice lost her husband, Tom, very suddenly. Leaving her a widow with a young daughter. She didn’t handle his death well. And who could blame her? But now she is married to Nathan and they have a daughter together. Her interior design business is going well, she has a great house and enough money. All her own.

She also has a secret best friend, Beth. Beth has a daughter also. She also has a secret. One that could blow Alice’s entire world apart. And Nathan may not be who he says he is. Is Alice being gaslighted or is she losing her mind? And what was her first mistake?

This had an Alfred Hitchcock feel to it! There were so many loose threads to pull and they all were leading in different directions. More than one person is messing with her mind and her marriage. But why?

I figured out the why early on. And the who. But that ending, truly satisfying!

NetGalley/ Minotaur June 11, 2019

THE MOTHER-IN-LAW by SALLY HEPWORTH

The Mother-in-Law

 

If you have been married, you know you are also inheriting your loved ones family. And with mother-in-laws it can feel like navigating a minefield. And this is what happens when Lucy marries Ollie and gains Diana.

Lucy lost her own mother long ago and has hopes that she and Diana will be close. Unfortunately Diana is not that type of mother-in-law. She keeps them all at a distance while running her own charity for refugees and young pregnant girls and being very hands on.

And when Diana is found dead, Lucy is scared. Lucy and Diana have secrets.  Diana had a lot of secrets with a lot of people. So who had the strongest motive to kill her?

I loved this story. I loved Diana. This family could have been so different if it weren’t for all of the secrets. Everyone was assuming and no one was asking questions.

I suspected everyone! They all wanted something from Diana that she had no intention of giving them and for one of them that will be the spark that ends Diana’s life.

Always a solid writer, this one was very well done!

Netgalley/ April 23rd 2019 by St. Martin’s Press