Escaping Pretense by Deb Jean Miller #BookReview #OpalStonePress #4.5*

What if you could disappear forever?

Pretense Abdicator is whip-smart, socially awkward and angry. When passed over for a well-deserved promotion at the prestigious financial firm of Crawford Spectrum, she hatches a get-even plan. Embezzle money from her wealthiest clients, assume a new identity, and flee the country.

With over $2 million stashed in an offshore bank account under an alias, Pretense is certain she has pulled off the perfect crime. Only one more money transfer and she is home free. But on September 11, 2001, she is summoned to her manager’s office on the eighty-ninth floor of the World Trade Center. As her boss and the FBI are confronting her with ironclad evidence of embezzlement, a passenger plane hits the North Tower and Pretense takes that opportunity to make a run for it.

This is a story about a lonely woman’s desperate attempt to find worth in a world filled with disappointment and pain.

From the author of The Essence of Shade, this page-turning, heist crime thriller will keep the reader cheering for the protagonist until the very end.

Well-Written, Interesting Read!

Another good read by Deb Jean Miller!

Pretense Abdicator is a clever woman and very good at her job but when passed over for promotion, something snaps inside her and she makes the decision not to get mad, but to get even. She sets in place a plan which will see her enjoying the rest of her life in the kind of place we would all like to live and with a healthy enough bank balance to see out the rest of her days. However, even the best laid plans can go awry and Pretense finds herself rumbled but, as luck would have it, she finds a way out. The question is, will her conscience allow her to enjoy her spoils?

Having enjoyed The Essence of Shade – this author’s previous novel – very much, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to read and review this one. From the very beginning I had a fondness for Pretense and as her story developed so did her character, although her past is revealed only in a timely manner. This is a tale of a realistic scenario and clever writing keeps the reader engaged throughout. I really enjoyed reading this one but I did wonder, upon reflection, what are the chances of things all working out so well? That, of course, was just my thoughts and doesn’t take anything away from an excellent story. I appreciated that the epilogue tied everything up nice and tightly, leaving no unanswered questions to niggle at me in a quiet moment. A well-written, interesting novel and one I’m happy to recommend. 4.5*

My thanks to the author for my copy of her novel; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime suspense

Author Details

Born and raised in southeast Michigan, Deborah retired from a long career in advertising before penning her first novel—a story that had been simmering in her brain for over fifteen years. When she is not writing, she can be found in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes. She continues to live in The Great Lakes State with her husband, and enjoys traveling across the United States to visit family.

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