A Pretty Woman tale turns toxic and deadly in this provocative thriller of sex, obsession, and murder from Robyn Harding, the “master of domestic suspense” (Kathleen Barber) and the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Swap and Her Pretty Face.
Natalie, a young art student in New York City, is struggling to pay her bills when a friend makes a suggestion: Why not go online and find a sugar daddy—a wealthy, older man who will pay her for dates and even give her a monthly allowance? Lots of girls do it, Nat learns. All that’s required is to look pretty and hang on his every word. Sexual favors are optional.
Though more than thirty years her senior, Gabe, a handsome corporate 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, whom he has no intention of leaving.
So when he abruptly ends things, Nat can’t let go. But Gabe’s not about to let his sugar baby destroy his perfect life. What was supposed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement devolves into a nightmare of deception, obsession, and, when a body is found near Gabe’s posh Upper East Side apartment, murder.
Emotionally powerful and packed with page-turning suspense, The Arrangement delves into the sordid, all-too-real world of shadowy relationships between wealthy, powerful men and the young women who are caught in their web.
This disappointing melodrama from Harding (Her Pretty Face) finds college art student Natalie "Nat" Murphy, who's moved from her small hometown of Blaine, Wash., where she had a miserable childhood, to New York City, at her lowest. She's friendless, close to losing her scholarship, and in danger of being evicted because her roommates are sick of her excess drinking, bringing home random men, and being behind on her rent and other bills. A classmate suggests an option a website connecting young women ("sugar babies") with wealthy men ("daddies"), who pay for companionship, but not necessarily sex. Reluctantly, Nat enters "the sugar bowl." Nat believes she has hit the jackpot with Gabe Turnmill, whose generosity includes giving Nat a new apartment. Nat quickly falls in love with Gabe, and their breakup puts her in a downward spiral of obsession that leads to violence. Nat's na vet , however, borders on stupidity, and, given her slovenly habits, the sugar baby angle is a bit of a stretch. The arrogant Gabe, his wallet aside, is no catch. Lifetime movies have more tension and twists than this clich d novel with its cardboard characters.