A Pretty Woman tale turns deadly in this provocative tale of sex, obsession and murder from the bestselling author of The Party.
Natalie, an art student in New York City, is struggling to pay her bills when a friend makes a suggestion: Why not find a sugar daddy – a wealthy, older man who will pay her for dates, and a monthly allowance. All that’s required is to look pretty. Sexual favours are optional.
Gabe, a handsome finance attorney, seems like the perfect candidate and within a month they are madly in love. At least, Nat is – Gabe already has a family, who he has no intention of leaving.
When he abruptly ends things, Nat can’t let go. She begins drinking heavily and stalking Gabe and his family. Their supposedly mutually beneficial arrangement devolves into a nightmare of deception, obsession and, when a body is found near Gabe’s Upper East Side apartment, murder.
‘An insider’s look into the world of sugar daddies … full of shocking revelations, volatile characters, and vice. Look out: The Arrangement will blow your mind.’ Mary Kubica, author of The Good Girl
‘A nightmarish deep dive into the underbelly of a secret world. Rivetingly dark, The Arrangement delivers on every level – a shocking premise, a forbidden obsession, and a plot that builds slowly and masterfully escalates to a chilling end. Prepare to be blindsided.’ Heather Gudenkauf, author of These Things Happen
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Canadian. At least nine books, more than half are fiction. The Party (2017) was an international best seller. It was about a teen party gone wrong and amplified by social media. I thought it was okay. This is her latest.
Natalie, an impoverished art student in NYC, finds a sugar daddy online, which solves her immediate financial difficulties but creates a a shedload of other problems, such as falling in love with him, the wife and daughter he never mentioned (he told her he was divorced and she believed him), he dumps her, yada, yada, he gets dead, and she gets blamed.
Gabe (the sugar daddy, a lawyer of course. It's NY) is a caricature. Natalie is too: a complete rube. The daughter isn't much better. Luckily, the wife is a lot smarter than she appears, although she has misgivings by the end.
Competent, highly readable genre writing that gets the job done. Natalie's "roofie" amnesia was an unnecessary cliche IMHO. She more than earned her victimhood without it.
A extended episode of Law and Order with unfulfilled pretensions to noir.