Everything to Lose by Andrew Gross
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
As I was reading this book, I thought maybe it was one of Andrew Gross's first independent writing attempts, but as it turns out, it wasn't. I usually like his style of writing. He's sharp, clever, creates dynamic characters, but not in this novel.
Having the 7 year old calling his mother "Mommy" in every. single. sentence... got old quickly. The characters were underdeveloped. The dialogue was unnatural. The flashbacks were a little confusing. It was never explained to my satisfaction how a child who is inherently evil would turn into a man of the people, a senator, a public figure. It just didn't make sense. Nor did the way the protagonist managed to throw the money from the car without being seen by the other witness and how she came back for it later. Surely the firefighters and rescue personnel would have canvassed the area. The NYPD officer working with the "Ukranian" mob was just ridiculous. Last, the punishment of a few months in jail was completely unbelievable as was the main character getting a fabulous job after serving time. I'm also pretty sure that a boat hook through your car window would create enough havoc to either kill or disable you, not to mention your car.
I was not impressed with this particular novel, although I have enjoyed others by this author.
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