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Buried By Debt (A Suburban Noir Novel) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Cathryn Grant is the author of Suburban Noir novels, ghost stories, and short fiction. Her writing has been described as "making the mundane menacing".

Cathryn's fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines, The Shroud Quarterly Journal, and The Best of Every Day Fiction. Her short story "I Was Young Once" received an honorable mention in the 2007 Zoetrope All-story Short Fiction contest.
When she's not writing, Cathryn reads fiction, eavesdrops, and plays very high handicap golf. She lives on the Central California coast with her husband and two cats.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1346 KB
  • Print Length: 407 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: D2C Perspectives (November 26, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006F81FE6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,851,611 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cathryn Grant is the author of Suburban Noir novels, ghost stories, and short fiction. Her writing has been described as "making the mundane menacing".

Cathryn's fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines, The Shroud Quarterly Journal, and The Best of Every Day Fiction. Her short story "I Was Young Once" received an honorable mention in the 2007 Zoetrope All-story Short Fiction contest.

When she's not writing, Cathryn reads fiction, eavesdrops, and plays very high handicap golf. She lives on the Central California coast with her husband and two cats. Contact Cathryn through her website at SuburbanNoir.com.

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Format: Kindle Edition
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At the beginning this story is almost too realistic with the current economic situation there must be many people just managing to survive on their income. The two main characters in this story Devon and his wife Jenna would have been OK if Devon's expected promotion and bonus had come good but when it didn't their debts spiraled out of control while trying to keep up appearances. Up to this point about 30% on the Kindle scale it would have been a 5* book, in my opinion, the characters are well described and you can feel for them both having their own point of view that does not quite align. One of the strengths of this novel is that the author has not introduced a large cast and although the plot is quite straight forward it is a descriptive work which works well. I would have enjoyed the book more if this theme had continued but without giving the plot away the rest of the book just does not seem as plausible however still a good read which explores a topical theme which develops perhaps to the extremes that people do not usually go to try and cope with debt.
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Well, this one caught me by surprise! Pleasantly, I should add. The beginning ambles along satisfyingly enough and then... pow!

Devon and Jenna are a young married couple, living and working in Silicon Valley. They are utterly `into' each other, he perhaps more than her. His sole reason for living is Jenna, and everything he does is for her. But this is at a hefty financial cost, and when the promotion he's banking on, which will clear their overstretched bank balance, is delayed, their spirally debts have a catastrophic effect on their lives.

It's not only easy to like this gentle couple...they're completely besotted with each other...but also easy to identify the crisis in which they find themselves. An upwardly mobile young couple enjoying their success, but suddenly drowning when they find themselves financially running before they can walk and struggling to maintain appearances to their peers. So you really find yourself sitting up straight when the story takes a very dark and gripping turn.

I think I would have liked a little more attention paid to editing...there were a number of errors...and the ending was just a tad convenient. I did find myself saying, `But what about...?' and `But surely...?' However, the unanswered questions may well leave the way open for a sequel, who knows.

Overall, however, I did enjoy this and was impressed by the author's writing.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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This is one big spoiler, so be careful reading this. "Buried By Debt" was a surprise. One expects mysteries to follow formulas that we have learned from reading mysteries over the years. This one is different. The focus of the story is truly being "Buried By Debt". The victim appears only briefly and after that only as the subject of discussions. Instead the reader feels the weight that is crushing Devon. It's the weight of debt, a house he can't afford and a wife that he idolizes and indulges. He indulges Jenna to the point that he will take all of the blame even though Jenna helps him to hide his crime. Devon's victim is literally buried by his debt and Devon's entire life becomes figuratively buried by his debt. It was different and I really enjoyed it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I would have paid to read it.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book to review.

Good story of an obsessive love, too much credit to sustain their life style and fear of friends finding out about their money problems. This all leads up to a circumstance no one would have thought possible...how ordinarily nice upscale people can get themselves into a heap of trouble just by trying to keep their status quo.
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When I started this book, I had great hopes. It was easy to get into, and I got lost into the lives of the characters. The book centers around husband and wife, Jenna and Devon. They like nice things and as a result, owe some money. We can all relate to that, right?! For about "50%" of the book, the author goes on and on about the debt issue. It didn't need to be talked about for that length of time. The point could have gotten across without us having to endure all that unnecessary reading. After the first half of the book, an "accident" occurs. Lies triangulate. People are hurt. Suspense builds. Then it dies. Again, it seemed the author would take on happening and over-talk about it. I felt as if I was reading the same idea, thoughts, words, over and over. Yet, I was still curious on how it would end. As I reach the end, I expected a long, drowned out ending since the rest of the book was like that. But I got an abrubt one instead. It could have been more dramatic and thought out. I would not recommend this book to a friend. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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By Taneyuh on January 24, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I was interested in reading and then reviewing this book by the description as in today's economy every person seems to be swimming in debt. The author was definately "dead" on with how you can let your debt and credit cards get out of control and take over your life.
The characters were well described and how all of the couple's friendships came into play but eventually seemed a little too unrealistic for me. Devon and Jenna were great characters in the beginning of the book but the obsession part of the relationship was if anything, cheesy after awhile.
the author lost me after one of the "friends" ends up missing and I don't want to spoil the second half of book, but it took an unrealistic turn and I had to struggle to continue to the end.
I'm not sure "a psychological" thriller is correct for this book.
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