Title: The Arrangement
Author: Robyn Harding
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Price for Paperback: $19.99 / Kindle $4.99 / Audible $0
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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 for her 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.
‘The 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
Why I chose to purchase this book:
The Arrangement has been doing the rounds between all the ladies on my floor at work. Each one of them raved about how good it was. I quickly put my hand up to read it next.
I had never heard of the author, Robyn Harding so I had no idea what to expect from her writing style.
Instantly, I was hooked with this storyline.
Robyn Harding did the old, intense scene at the start and then flashback to a number of months prior setup. I tend to enjoy this style of writing. I become intrigued quickly and I have an idea of what is coming up. In saying that, what I thought was going to play out what not correct at all.
As you can probably tell from the back page above, the story is centred around the relationship between a sugar daddy and his sugar baby. Before reading this book I knew what a sugar baby was but the book goes into a lot of detail and explains the type of terms and arrangements that exist.
Robyn Harding spent time speaking with girl’s who are or were sugar babies, or in the sugar bowl as they say. This enabled her to write in the language actually used when these arrangements are set up.
Considering the book is based around a sexual arrangement, there isn’t a whole heap of sex described which I don’t mind. The story covers issues of divorce, absent parents, small-town politics, obsessive relationships, self-harm, cancer and financial struggles.
The Arrangement is somehow upbeat while touching on a number of deep and dark issues.
Should you read it?
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