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The Girl in the Blue Blazer

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I’m not sure about this book, having just finished it. I became a bit bored with it towards the end, when it became more and more unbelievable. I just wanted it to finish.
The part of the story written by Elizabeth is written in a young voice with an amateur style, as I would expect, given how young she was when she started writing her journals. She was incredibly naive regarding Andrew and his motives, but was also very young, with little world experience.
By contrast, Pamela’s carefully thought out revenge on Andrew looks on the face of it, to be very clever. The convoluted plan she has devised to bring down his business empire, has been many years in the making. But then Pamela makes the most elementary mistakes in her execution of her plan, and completely underestimates her prey, despite having proof of what he is capable of.
The story becomes very drawn out and long winded, and so far fetched I was losing patience by the time it finally ended. Three stars.
My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my advance copy of this book.

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Highly recommend this book! Kept me on my toes the whole time and got through it in a day - just wow! So many brilliant twists and turns, and wonderful characters! This is a must-read!

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A really smartly written book with so many twists and turns that you are kept on the edge of your seat.
Brilliant and fun characters

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This book is the third I've read by AT, and each one has been so different! This author does not shy away from off-beat topics, writing style, or plot lines.

In TGITBB, we meet Pamela as she is embarking on a journey to right a wrong from long ago. This journey takes her deep into the world of California financial firms, where she gets a front row seat to all the major players. The story bounces back and forth between "then" and "now," and it took me quite a while to make the connection. I'd describe it as "Pretty Woman" meets Wall Street -- with a lot of risky behavior and fatal decisions thrown in the mix.

4/5 stars -- would recommend!

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The girl in the blue blazer is a must-read.

The structure of the writing is very interesting. The chapters alternate between the present and the past and we get to know two great protagonists with strong and resourceful characters.
In 1993, we make the acquaintance of Elizabeth and her friend Sandy, afflicted by a series of childhood traumas and subject to sexual aggression, racism and sexism. The two women decide to work as waitresses at a strip club to scrape together some money and lift their tragic economic situation. One night, Elizabeth meets Andrew, a young entrepreneur at the beginning of his career, who helps her realise her dream: to find a way out of Harem hell and become a writer. The two end up dating and embarking on a relationship. But not everything goes according to plan. Andrew becomes very suspicious and, soon, Elizabeth finds herself involved in a tragedy.
While, in 2019, we make the acquaintance of Pamela, a beautiful woman who is very determined to get her dream job at the company of billionaire Andrew Clifford III. But, just as in Elizabeth's case, everything does not go according to plan. The company's shares plummet and Andrew mysteriously disappears.
I particularly enjoyed the author's writing: super detailed, researched and fluent. Between secrets, lies, manipulations and truths that come to light after years, it is impossible for the reader to get bored. The mystery involving the figure of Andrew is very interested, a real treat.
It is a book that really entertains and builds up a lot of suspense. I just couldn't tear myself away from this book! And the ending... AMAZING!
This is, without a shadow of a doubt, a story that will leave you breathless. Highly recommended!

I thank Alretha Thomas, Diverse Arts Collective Inc and NetGallery for the ARC copy of this amazing book in exchange for an honest review.

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Much more than meets the eye on first reading the blurb! This is cleverly written across multiple time lines and touches on some dark topics very effectively. With characters you will both love and hate, the author has created a network which will make you pay attention as you read!

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I enjoyed the twist and turns in this book. I read some previous reviews before reading this book and they did not disappoint. I’m so glad I choose this one to read. I highly recommend giving this one a try if you have time to sit in read because you won’t want to put it down.

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This story is told over multiple timelines, narrated in the perfect sequence, to progressively build suspense and keep the reader guessing. The reader gets to know Liz and Sandy, two best friends who are trying to overcome the obstacles of childhood trauma, racism, sexism, sexual aggression, and poverty. In alternate narratives, we meet Pamela who has her heart set on an internship at a financial company owned by Andrew Clifford. She has been following his career for years, and this is her last chance at the position. We quickly find out her intentions are not purely career motivated. These narratives are artfully tied together as we reach the climax of the story, and all the questions are answered and the secrets revealed. The character development was strong and complex, and every detail was thoughtfully tied to the events, and, ultimately to the conclusion of the story. I loved the strong female protagonists. This is a great read!

Thank you to NetGalley and Diverse Arts Collective Inc for providing this digital copy.

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1993 - Elizabeth Westlake and her best friend Sandy are young and struggling and working as waitresses at a topless bar to make ends meet. Elizabeth gets in a situation at work and a handsome young man steps up to defend her. His name is Andrew and she spends the evening taking with him. She tells him of her dream of becoming a writer and he promises to help her out.

Things with Andrew start to become a little suspicious and Elizabeth keeps her distance. Things take an interesting turn and Elizabeth finds herself engaged to Andrew.

Sounds like a dream come true, right? But everything is not what it seems.

2019 - Pamela Carte is interviewing to intern for Andrew Clifford III. This is her third time interviewing and she prays this time she gets the position. She has waited 10 for this opportunity so she can put her plans into action….this is personal.

This is a great read! I could not put it down and read it in one day. This is the second book I have read by this author, and she is one to keep an eye on! Get this one, you won’t be disappointed!

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