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Good Rich People

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This book was SO GOOD! So dark, with incredible introspection on the lives of the homeless and the ultra rich. I couldn’t put it down and thought the story and the way everything played out was extremely unique.
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This book sounded so interesting but unfortunately fell flat for me. While the premise sets up for a 'poor girl gets her revenge' type of plotline (which I love), what actually happens is steeped with stereotypes towards unhoused people and only a surface level analysis to class dynamics. I appreciated the dual POVs and how the author allowed the audience "in" for all exchanges between Lyla and Demi, but the payoff in the end was not worth the journey.
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I got confused about what this book was trying to achieve, which is, of course, more of a statement on me than on the book.

I read Brazier's first novel "If I Disappear" last year and enjoyed it. When I learned she was coming out with a new novel, I was excited to see what dark world, I'd be thrown into next. Unfortunately, this world I don't want to be a part of.

The story is told from the perspectives Demi and Lyla. I personally wasn't a fan of the switch between the two POVs and having to recalibrate to the changing timelines. I think it's fine if one of these is done, but both are a lot to mentally keep track of. I also didn't think the inner thoughts of both characters were distinct enough. 

The most unique aspect of this novel was this "game" played by Lyla and her husband where they rent out their guesthouse and have to ruin the life of their guest. It's dark and twisted-- I got major "Cruel Intentions" vibes. However, there is a twist in this game and that lies in their guest Demi, who has something to hide as well.

Honestly, there were just too many things going on in this to flow well and not be confusing. However, there are some spectacular scenes that I still think about which is rare for me in novels.
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Honestly the subject matter and tone had me out off a bit. The neglect for other people who don’t have money or class was hard to read at times. 

I really kept wondering what the hell I was reading. 

However the ending redeemed itself and made me give it a little more credit. 

It just wasn’t my favorite thriller unfortunately but I liked the concept.
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I have truly been blessed in 2022 with finding new author's and absolutely loving their books and Good Rich People and Eliza Jane Brazier was no exception!

This book was so exciting because it was so different from anything I had ever read before which brought a whole new sense of fulfillment for me! Don't get me wrong, I love your classic mystery book, but I also love a good book that can throw you for a loop and for me, this book does that!

The characters were horrible, but I think that's part of what made the book so great! They were horrible people, doing horrible things, and let's just face it, it was pure entertainment to see where this book was going to go! I was guessing until the very end, even maybe actually having to pick my jaw up off the floor! This book is THAT GOOD!

I see Eliza Jane Brazier only has one release prior to this book, and it's my understanding that she has a unique writing ability that you either love or hate and considering I LOVE this book, I can't wait to pick up her other book and see what else she comes out with! She reminds me of Chelsea Cain and there's absolutely nothing wrong about that!

This book has it all...humor, excitement, mystery, intrigue, a story that keeps you guessing long into the last chapter...what's not to love about it? If you haven't read it're missing what has to be one of the the best books published in 2022! I think this is the year for books!

Overall, don't wait...get yourself a copy of this book and indulge yourself! You won't be disappointed!

**I would like to offer a huge thank you to Eliza Jane Brazier, Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of "Good Rich People" which allowed me to contribute this honest and unbiased review."
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Good Rich People is a fast-paced, unpredictable thriller that keeps readers hooked until the end. Brazier expertly weaves together multiple plotlines and subplots, creating a rich tapestry of deceit and manipulation. With intricate plotting and well-developed characters, Good Rich People is a must-read for fans of page-turning thrillers.
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Can I just say that I’m freaking OBSESSED with this book??? Brazier is now an auto-buy author and I will order anything she writes without even looking at the synopsis! I LOVED the alternating POV in first person perspective between Lyla and Demi. I LOVED the whole book from the first page through to the last! It was fast paced and kept my attention with quips and jaw dropping moments! Little things like Lyla thinking pasta sauce needs to be pricey: “Why is this so inexpensive? Is there something wrong with it? … Do you have anything more expensive?” 😂
And more serious things but if I tell you, I’ll have to kill you. Nahhhh just kidding. But it WOULD be a spoiler. So you’ll have to read it to find out! And I promise that you’ll love it!!!
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Lyla is married to a man who is best friends with his mother, both of whom enjoy playing games that ruin the lives of those around them. When they make Lyla take a turn playing the game, she must decide whether to play by their rules or come up with her own. 

I am both very confused and completely enraptured by this book. I flew through it in one day and found myself not wanting to put it down. This is a twisted book full of unlikeable characters who do terrible things; I ate it up. I really enjoyed the back and forth between Lyla and Demi’s perspectives, although there were a few times when I got a little confused on the timeline of the story. I’ve been on a thriller kick recently, and I’m glad I decided to pick this one up. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first started reading it, but it definitely exceeded my expectations!

CW for murder, violence, death of animal, drug addiction, overdose, cheating. 

A huge thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for the ARC of Good Rich People by Eliza Jane Brazier!
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These characters are unhinged. It takes a talented author to write a story that’s so compelling without having a single likable character. I read this book in just over 24 hours, and while the very end fall flat for me, it kept me engaged until the very end.
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I am always going to jump on stories involved rich people behaving badly and love to read about ALL the shenanigans they get up to because it's usually so entertaining and completely outside my *normal* (AKA boring) lifestyle. I picked up a copy of GOOD RICH PEOPLE because several friends were planning to read it at the same time. Unfortunately, this story fell a little flat for me. I appreciated the author's writing, just had a tough time staying engaged.
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BATSH*T is the word that comes to mind when thinking of Eliza Jane Brazier's sophomore novel. Rich people playing with the lives of poor people for sport, how else could you possibly describe a book like that! Good Rich People is deliciously deviant and completely over the top - but a fun ride in the process & exactly what you would expect from the synopsis - utterly batsh*t from start to finish!

Thank you to Berkley for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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I couldn't handle this book well. It bored me and I only pushed through because I was doing it as a buddy read for a book review.
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Good Rich People is a solid, dark psychological thriller with everything isn't quite what it seems. Lyla and Garrett are a wealthy couple who love to play games. They'll invite someone to live in their guest home only to destroy their life. Demi takes over the life of someone who is moving into the guest house and isn't about to go down without a fight. Game on! This is a fun read that is truly original in a sea of so many. The alternating POVs is excellent. Highly recommended!!
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Wow.... What did I just read? It was so crazy that it was bingeable. I had to know what was next. The title may suggest they are "good", but better words would have been "horrible", "snarky", and "bored". Case and point: in one scene, they were all shooting each other with blanks inside a mansion for fun. 

Don't read the book summary for this one. It's best to go in completely blind, anticipate craziness and eye-rolling one-liners, and enjoy the wild ride.
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Eliza Jane Brazier immediately became an autobuy author for me after her debut If I Disappear, and I have to say book 2 is not too shabby either! Good Rich People involves (shocker) rich people behaving badly, and both Lyla and Demi end up caught in the middle of it. There is a game that is mentioned in the synopsis but not expounded upon, and I don't want to explain this part because I feel like it is a small spoiler. All I will say is that it is a very devious and mean game, and I hope the uber-rich aren't actually doing things like this when they get bored, or we are all screwed. Good Rich People is filled with unlikeable characters and unreliable narrators, but if that is your style you should really enjoy it.

And just like I loved the book itself, I also loved the audiobook - go figure. It is narrated by Karissa Vacker & Sophie Amoss, and they were SO GOOD. Everything I could ever want and more in a 'full' cast, and they each voiced their characters perfectly. This was a total binge read as well, and I finished it the day I started it because there was no way I was going to wait to see what would happen. There are some great twists, especially at the end of the book, and Good Rich People had an ending to die for. Some books out there make you smirk a little at the end, and that is exactly what I did here. It was fitting for the story, and I couldn't have created anything better myself. Thank you Brazier for writing another messed up book that was just what I needed, and I fully intend to keep this one on my shelf.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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This one just wasn't for me. I couldn't get over the writing which wasn't exactly enjoyable for me. There wasn't anything that caught or gripped my attention. I tried, I really did but I just could not finish Good Rich People. I'll give it 2 stars though because I'm very drawn to the cover and I could see the potential, it just wasn't for me.
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I DNF'ed this one.  I got so bored and I just didn't like the characters or the story.   
I guess it just isn't for me.
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WHAT THE MOET?  You will either be so wrapped up in this book OR you’re going to completely lose your mind and check the lost in found to try to get it back. This is a book that makes you question everything you think you know about rich people. I had little to know clue of what I was getting into with this one. This is not a simple story, it’s downright crazy. There was a twist that starts off right away and it made the rest of the story so unpredictable. While this book was just insane, I did appreciate seeing the two perspectives in this book, where the exact scene would repeat but with a different character. The chaos that follows reminds me of the movie Ready or Not, if that gives you any sort of clue of how you can prepare for this one.  Just say a little prayer before you read this one. The last thing I will say is, I would rather be poor and also drink Cook’s.
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Another interesting and unique romance from Eliza Jane Brazier! This had me super intrigued to keep reading and figure out what was going on -- you won't want to put it down!
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I enjoy Brazier's stories because they are so unique and definitely don't fall into the thriller tropes that have been overdone. She's clever and creative and I always feel like there a bit of a "cult" factor - which is my favorite. 

This one definitely grabbed my attention right away and I flew through it. It was really fun to read. I enjoyed to power dynamics between the excessively rich and the down and out homeless - it was a such a juxtaposition of POV's as it went back and forth between them and I loved the extremes and that feeling of almost whiplash as you enter each narrators thoughts.

I do wish it had been fleshed out a tiny bit more in the beginning for the rich people's past - as it did for Demis past. I craved more of "the game" (does that make as wicked as them?! lol) I wanted to know how it started - how past games have been played - and wish the details had been more thoroughly provided for us. I think maybe having a POV of Graham - or even his mother. Or even just more of their pasts.

I loved the concept of it and how it went down at the end so much. Rich people behaving badly is so frustratingly fun and always makes for an enjoyable read.
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