Today’s second team post is from Terry, she blogs here http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/
Terry has been reading Exposure by Rose Edmunds
EXPOSURE by Rose Edmunds
4 out of 5 stars
This is the standalone sequel to Concealment, which I read two years ago; I have the worst memory in the world, so Exposure read as a one-off to me. Thus, I can confirm that you don’t need to read Concealment first, though of course it’s always helpful ~ and I think it might be equally as interesting to read it afterwards.
I’d describe this novel as half way between a financial and a psychological thriller. Occasionally the financial terminology went over my head, but it’s written in such a way that I got the gist. One thing I did like very much was the way the novel was structured; there are lots of point of view and situation changes at just the right time, it’s extremely well-edited, with plenty of dangling, suspenseful threads at the ends of chapters to make you think, “I wonder what’s going to happen there….?” The whole novel is dialogue-led; there is little narrative, and the pace never lets up. Murder, deception, financial fraud, international skullduggery toxic relationships ~ it has all the ingredients of a popular page-turner.
Rose Edmunds’ Amy shows clever characterisation; she is bound to cause definite reactions amongst those who read her. The daughter of a hoarder, she grew up with all sorts of psychological problems that led her to being exceptionally ambitious and obsessed with the material, and the outward show of success. In the last book, circumstances came together to make all this come crashing down, and Exposure deals with the new, more self-aware Amy who is still trying to deal with the remnants of the old. She’s not particularly likeable; she knows it’s nasty and superficial of her to judge a female colleague on being (horrors!) 20 lbs overweight and wearing the ‘wrong’ clothes, but she can’t help it. She’s unsympathetic to the woman whose husband was in love with her – she tries to overcome the self-destructive within her, but always struggles. Her complex character makes for some interesting relationship dynamics, indeed, and we learn more about her backstory in this book, too.
My favourite character was financial blogger Toby Marchpole ~ I was most interested in his wife, an old schoolfriend of Amy’s, and their marriage. I also enjoyed Amy’s observations about the dreadful Pedley, her boss for part of the book (when she goes undercover…. I’ll leave you to find out about that!).
It’s a well thought out plot, and I’m sure readers of smart, fast-paced contemporary thrillers will enjoy it very much ~ there’s certainly no opportunity to get bored!
City high-flyer Amy has crashed and burned. Fresh out of rehab and with her career in tatters, the sudden death of an old friend propels her into an illicit undercover fraud investigation.
But Amy’s in way over her head. The assignment quickly turns sour, pitching her into a nightmare where no one can be trusted and nothing is what it seems.
In mortal danger, and with enemies old and new conspiring against her, Amy’s resilience is tested to the limit as she strives to defeat them and rebuild her life.
About the author
For more than 20 years, Rose Edmunds almost passed as normal, working undercover in several well-known financial firms in London while quietly gathering material for her novels.
Since jumping off the corporate hamster wheel Rose now writes thrillers with a strong ethical theme. Her writing draws heavily on her considerable insight into business world and in particular the uncomfortable conflict between capitalism and humanity.
Rose’s debut thriller, Never Say Sorry, was about a Big Pharma conspiracy to suppress a cancer cure. Since then, she has been working on the Crazy Amy thriller series—an ambitious project which will follow the brilliant but unstable Amy Robinson on her journey from senior finance executive to who knows where…
You can find out more by checking out Rose’s website at www.roseedmunds.co.uk or on Facebook at Rose Edmunds – Author Page. Via the website, you can also join the Crazy Amy VIP Fan Club, for exclusive access to free bonus Crazy Amy short stories and other exciting offers. There is also a closed Facebook group for club members.
Rose lives in Brighton with her husband David.