Arrangement, The

Robyn Harding
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 Party 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.


Reviewed: 2020-11-04
2.5 stars
I struggled really hard with rating this book. It was a fast read, the writing is okay and I appreciate the research that the writer did giving us an inside look at the world of sugar daddy/baby relationships.
I’m not sure it was very thrilling, it did not really get suspenseful until the last 100 pages or so. The rest of the book felt like the author was haphazardly planting things every few pages so that the ending would tie up nicely, most of which to me was just entirely unbelievable. The main character has the personality of a wet mop, a naive, airhead wet mop. She fell madly in love in 3 dates, but there was no dialogue or story writing to make you feel that. You just had to take her word for it, and she told you... like a lot. The weapon hand off between virtual strangers?? The (pointless) ex-boyfriend story line that led nowhere cool. While Gabe was made out to be a total ass, (he “deserves a f*cking medal” for continuously cheating on his sick wife with young girls instead of just divorcing her), he had zero personality or reason he would be remotely interesting to a twenty-something girl other than his money.

It had great potential but it fell flat for me!
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