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Good Rich People

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“The game never ends. Playing is the reward.”

Lyla, Graham, and Margo are ridiculously rich and completely bored with their lives. Until they figure out how not to be. Renting their guest house to a tenant of their choice and then promptly ruining their tenant’s life. Lyla usually watches from the sidelines but after what happened with the last one, its Lyla’s turn to take the reins. 

Oh my lord. This was unreal. Completely depraved and vicious and insane and an absolutely delicious read. You know those books where you hate every single character and it ends up being an absolutely thrilling read? This is one of those books. Something about the delicious wickedness of every single character is this book is exhilarating. Every character is perfectly abhorrent. I requested Good Rich People because the concept reminded me of the Most Dangerous Game if you added ridiculously rich people and set it in the Hollywood Hills and honestly that idea didn’t fail. The hedonistic pleasures of the ridiculously rich are front and centre in this gripping read. 

It is completely twisty, unexpected, and intoxicating. I was on the edge of my seat for every page and I was genuinely shaking with excitement near the end, waiting for what was going to happen. I didn’t expect most of the twists and was so pleasantly surprised by that. The writing was so gripping and had me in a chokehold waiting for each development. The dual POVs made for dozens of opportunities for cliffhangers which had me so invested in getting through each portion of the story. 

This is an incredible, twisted, wicked, disturbing read. 

“You wouldn’t think you would be able to do a lot of things until you do.”

*Thank you to Netgalley, Berkley Publishing Group, and Eliza Jane Brazier for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Good Rich People is an entertaining thriller about the evils of an uber wealthy family.  The characters are amazingly wicked and you’ll love to hate them all!!  The story line is unique and cleverly written.    Twist You won’t see coming are abundant!!  Loved it!
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Wow. I read this entire book in less than 12 hours. I started and just couldn’t stop, That 12 hours is including two of my classes AND sleep, This is the first book in a very long time that I started and immediately got sucked into, couldn’t stop reading, excluding sequels to books I had already read. Anyone who likes any mystery or thriller absolutely has to read this book, It was absolutely amazing and kept me enthralled throughout, The two perspectives were amazing and oh my God I cannot rave ENOUGH about the character development. There were a few flaws with the book that made it a 4 star read. First, there is little to no racial diversity in this book. It has many themes of white feminism and classism but seems to avoid inclusivity. I understand the population being elite and wealthy, but in no scene, not even at grocery stores or on the street or at a party or a tent city, was anyone described as anything other than white. Second, both spoiler and trigger warning, a dog is killed. I dont see the use to the plot for this except to establish convience by leading a character to something else. However, all criticism aside, this was a wonderful book. Highly recommend.
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I want to give this more stars for being entertaining and a quick read, but there are a few dropped storylines. I'm not sure why some were introduced and then not followed through. I also found the ending to be a little confusing, but I'm sure that's just me.

Good Rich People is another story of wicked rich people ruining lives and being shallow, nothing new there. Lyla and Graham are filthy rich with no moral compass. They have a guest house that seems to only exist to give them unsuspecting victims to destroy. After looking the other way throughout her marriage, now it's Lyla's turn to play. And then Demi shows up. Or at least someone who says she's Demi. 

My thanks to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Good Rich People by Eliza Jane Brazier was a fabulous read of characters the reader does not want to like but they pull you in. This book was twisted and even strange. Yet I found myself loving it! The characters in this book infuriated me but there was no way that I could put this book down. It was a total train wreck that you can’t stop watching. I highly recommend this book if you wanted a twisted, intriguing, and overall great read!
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The plot of Good Rich People is both original and a little crazy.  I think the degree to which readers will enjoy this title will largely depend on their ability to suspend disbelief.  The writing is solid and atmospheric and the tone is dark as night.  These are very bad people, behaving in monstrous ways, and the book will be a hit for those who enjoy black comedy and social satire.
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What do you want when you already have everything? 

A dark and twisted psychological thriller about depraved uber wealthy. There's blood from the first page, so Brazier never lets you slip into comfort and the game starts immediately. Gossip Girl meets Ready or Not.
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The rich are different from you and me.  They have so much, boredom is a constant issue. In Good Rich People, Graham, Lyla and Margo have found a way to relieve that boredom.  They rent out their guesthouse and then try to ruin the life of their tenant.    “I wonder if wealth isn’t a little like heroin. My dad once explained to me the feeling of being high: You don’t feel good.  You don’t feel bad. It’s the absence of feeling.  Good and bad cease to exist.” 
Needless to say, these are not characters that are likable.  Graham and his mother Margo were the ones that designed the game.   But Lyla seems equally messed up in her own weird way.  These are people who do what they want and never suffer the consequences.  
But then the latest tenant throws a spanner in the works.  
It’s interesting that I can enjoy some books where I hate the characters and others just irritate me.  This falls in the latter camp.  These people just turned my stomach. There’s no delicious wickedness here.  They’re just ugly.
 I felt the writing was scattered. There are some scenes that just don’t really go anywhere.  
Warning - there are some violent scenes, including violence to a dog.   This is not a cozy mystery.  
My thanks to Netgalley and Berkley for an advance copy of this book.
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This will not be everyone's cup of tea and unfortunately it was not mine, either. The style was not to my taste. I found this absurd, confusing, and the characters completely irredeemable.  That was the point of it, but it wasn't enjoyable to read. Horrible people doing horrible things to others for no apparent reason except they are rich and  bored. If you like dark, absurdist humor with a lot of twists and turns this may be the book for you.
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I've professed numerous times to love a story about well-off people behaving badly, and this book takes that trope to the absolute next (final?) level. The hedonistic eccentricities in this book are wonderfully contrasted with what is happening in the rental unit below Lyla and her husband, and "Demi" couldn't be a less likely and more well suited player to enter the game. This is vicious and unbelievable, and while it took me a bit to get a hold on the story at the beginning, it became one I didn't want to put down.
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Good Rich People is the perfect binge read!
I read this in one sitting on a flight and I was engrossed in it! There's just something soothing about reading about absolutely terrible people and this book has some of the worst.

 Margo and her son Graham, are insanely wealthy and have everything they've ever wanted. Margo lives in a literal castle behind Graham's house complete with gardens designed as Dante's circles of hell.
Graham lives in a glass architectural marvel with his wife Lyla. Lyla grew up wealthy, but not as wealthy as Graham and she'll do anything to keep him and her riches.... anything including playing his sick game he and his mom invented. They play with poorer people's lives  by renting a spot in their house to them and enjoy totally ruining them. Lyla isn't a fan, but goes along with it because she's a bored housewife.

Enter Demi the new tenant .
Demi isn't really Demi, but no one knows that. She's actually a former houseless person who took over Demi's live and home, but she's determined to hold on to this new life no matter what it takes.

Think Ready or Not mixed with the parties of the Great Gatsby. 

Throughout entertaining, but just like the author's last book the ending fell flat for me.
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Lyla and Graham Herschel, a powerful wealthy couple along with his mother Margo partake in a devilish game with one another where they invite someone to live in their guesthouse on their property so that the family can ruin and destroy their lives. 

The game is quickly turned from good to bad when their newest houseguest isn’t who they thought she was. With many twists, turns and surprising events it’s clear that this game is not what anyone expected it to be. 

This book contains so many messed up twists and turns. While discussing themes such as wealth and success, poverty to some murder mystery scenes it makes it the perfect book to read for any thriller-drama book junkie. 

I would definitely recommend to this book to my family and friends. It kind of gave me Desperate Housewives vibes! Which I absolutely LOVE!
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There is something so intriguing about a book with completely unlikable characters that you just cannot stop reading. And believe me when I tell you, I could NOT stop reading this book… even when it made me crazy!

Lyla lives in a beautiful cliffside home in LA with her husband. In the game of life, she won… But there is darkness surrounding them. Lyla’s husband Graham has an insatiable appetite for destruction. He and his mother, Margo use the apartment downstairs to rent to unsuspecting tenants so they can ruin them completely. And after how the last one went so wrong, this time it’s Lyla’s turn to play the game. Lyla doesn’t really want to play this twisted game but in order to keep her husband she must play.

Demi is the newest tenant and mouse in their cat game. But she has her own secrets and if it gets out, it could ruin them all.

This book was twisted and weird. And I loved it. Each of the characters were detestable in the absolute best way. They infuriated me but there was no way that I could put this book down. It was a total train wreck that you can’t stop watching.
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Good Rich People 

I loved Good Rich People and all of the completely messed up twists it had to offer. Rich couple Lyla and Graham, in collaboration with Graham’s mother, Margo, partake in a game where they invite a guest to live in the guesthouse on their property and ruin their lives in order to win. When the game is turned on its head by a houseguest that is not exactly who she seems, chaos ensues through to a fatal finale, begging questions of what would you do to live a life of luxury, how far would you go to maintain that status, and is any of it actually worth it?

I enjoyed the level of over-the-topness the rich characters were portrayed as, especially juxtaposed Demi’s character, who was very likable and a character you could root for.  I feel like there were enough twists to keep the plot an ending interesting, which can sometimes be difficult in this genre.  I would definitely recommend for fans of Liane Moriarty, or shows like Dead To Me.
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Good Rich People has small hints of Cruel Intentions paired with American Psycho, but much less sex and much more snark. 

Although I picked up on those subtle vibes, this truly is a story all its own and brings a unique flavor to the thriller genre. 

There’s just something about Eliza Jane Brazier’s writing - It is incredibly refreshing  and strange. She writes unlikable characters who are simultaneously fascinating. I love it. 

Good Rich People is about a extremely wealthy and beautiful couple who like to toy with those who have less money than them. It’s a game. They are sick in the head, but thrive where they believe it counts- their bank. 

To escape the depression of having so much money *boo hoo, so sad* they get their kicks from ruining the lives of those who they believe are beneath them. But this time they may have chosen the wrong poor person to mess with, and things aren’t as they expect. 

This story explores the extreme contrasts between wealth and poverty. It provides a distorted + exaggerated look into how the disgustingly rich live and think vs. how people struggling to survive in a world that caters to the wealthy experience life. 

I was completely addicted to this story once I started. I had a hard time putting it down for even a moment.
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I only finished about a quarter of this book, but that is more a reflection of my current mood, than of the book, as this is very much right up my alley. This book wasn’t for me at this particular moment, but I appreciate the premise and think it will be a great pick for a lot of people. I think this is something I’ll pick back up in the future when I can better appreciate the feelings of horror and dread it evoked. It’s very twisty and suspenseful and will appeal to fans of dark thrillers. It’s pervasively dark and atmospheric with some deliciously unlikeable characters. Thanks to NetGalley for providing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
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It is difficult for me to get into a book where I don't like any of the characters.  This is one of those books - snotty rich people playing with other people's lives as a game.  Husband/wife power couple along with her horrible mother-in-law rent out their Hollywood Hills carriage house to unsuspecting young women so they can torment them.  The tables do get turned however when a woman off the streets and her drug dealing boyfriend show up and she pretends to be the intended mark.  The story is very intense and moves at a rapid pace and it would be a terrific choice for those people who are fascinated and sickened by Succession.  My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.
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This book had such an amazing premise - it hooks you from the start. I love the characterization and the setting, you can tell it's a brilliant idea for a psychological thriller and it is one of those books that would make a great movie. 

Unfortunately it ended up not being the right book for me. I love thrillers and suspense, and understand that this book was more satirical and had a lot of dry humor in it. On me, I should have checked TW before reading but it's hard to do with an ARC, and I just never like reading about abuse of animals. I think a lot of those plot lines with the animals were extremely unnecessary in getting the point across. 

Overall I loved the concept, and I would definitely read more from this author but this book just wasn't for me.
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Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the eARC of Good Rich People by Eliza Jane Brazier in exchange for an honest review. not sure what I just read... Wealth and power corrupt absolutely; tale as old as time. Brazier takes this trope to a whole new level. Graham Herschel and his mother Margo are rich beyond belief and they are bored with their lives. The only way they find excitement is by playing the game of life (read: ruining other peoples' lives). Graham and Margo live for the bloodlust and play the game by bringing tenants into their home to hunt. Graham's wife Lyla has always been on the outside. She wasn't born into money and doesn't match the Herschel family ruthlessness. In order to prove her place in the family, the next tenant is her responsibility. Lyla has to play the game; it's her or the tenant and she's willing to fight for her own life and status. What Lyla doesn't know is that the new tenant, Demi, is hiding secrets of her own, and she's also willing to kill to protect herself. 

This book was a lot. It's very cinematic. From the very first page, the setting plays a strong role in the storytelling. The glass castles and the gardens clearly convey the unattainable opulence of the Herschel family. The ominous pressure that Lyla experiences on a daily basis looms throughout the entire book. I was wrapped up in this world. Conversely, Brazier paints a clear image of "the other side of the tracks". Demi's desperation and motivations for playing this sick, hidden game are strong and believable, despite outrageous circumstances. This book discusses the age old question of what it means to be a 'good' or 'moral' person, and what lengths people will go to survive. 

I feel that my thoughts on this book are a little scattered, because that's a bit how I felt reading the final 10% of the book. Throughout the book, we are leading up to the grand event of Graham's 30th birthday party where the final showdown between Lyla, Graham, and Demi happens. That was expected, we were building to that. What I didn't expect was all that happened in the aftermath. Part of me was not expecting any more twists because we as readers are aware of the major twist from early on in the book while Graham, Lyla, and Margo remain in the dark about the true identity of their tenant. I should have known better than to not expect another twist. The final scenes of this book are a twist of the knife into an already bleeding wound of confusion and disgust with these main characters. I'm not sure exactly how to feel about the plot, but these characters definitely did their job in making me feel things. 

I'm not quite sure what to say in conclusion. This is a 3-star read for me. There's nothing wrong with this book, but there's not necessarily anything that will keep me thinking about this book for much longer than it takes me to write this review. If a cold-hearted psychological thriller is your thing, definitely pick this up! But if you're not into reading the woes of the obnoxiously rich, this may not be the vibe for you.
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Thank you Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.

I am sorry to say this novel just wasn't for me. I was very intrigued by the concept of this story, but the execution didn't live up to my expectations. I wasn't invested in either of the character perspectives, and I found myself skimming pages as the story just didn't hold my interest. Further, I felt there were aspects of the plot that felt very loose, open-ended, and at times even redundant.

Although this thriller wasn't my cup of tea, I would encourage readers to seek out other reviewer's thoughts and opinions!
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