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Buried By Debt (A Suburban Noir Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Cathryn Grant
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Devon worships Jenna. Their friends say he’s obsessed with her. Maybe he is. He wants to give her the world. Counting on a lucrative promotion, he bought a multi-million dollar home in Silicon Valley for her. It’s all good because Jenna adores him. He’s a lucky guy.

Jenna loves Devon, loves her job, and loves nice things.

Now, the economy’s gone south, the promotion is delayed, and Devon and Jenna are desperate to hide their sky-rocketing debt.

When a childhood friend confronts them about the money they owe, jealousy and secrets erupt in violence.

Buried By Debt - A love story.


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About the Author

Cathryn Grant is the author of Suburban Noir novels, ghost story novellas, and short fiction. Her writing has been described as "making the mundane menacing". Her fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines and been anthologized in 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 works in high tech, reads, and plays very high handicap golf. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two cats. Visit her website at cathryngrant.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 428 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: D2C Perspectives (November 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006F81FE6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,228,651 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very topical to start with December 20, 2011
By Bob
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book free to read and review.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love, lust & money (or lack of it) May 29, 2012
By Kathy I
Format:Kindle Edition
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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4.0 out of 5 stars I felt the weight February 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Love and Debt December 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a free copy for review. It is a story about a couple who are obsessed with each other. Devon (the husband) wants to give Jenna the world. He counts on a promotion that falls through and thus begins their problems. At first I was really into the story. It was kind of slow moving but I kept expecting more. I just didn't find the story believable. And I hated the end. It just didn't make any sense. I did not like this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good plot, but dragged things out.... October 27, 2012
By M. Ross
Format:Kindle Edition
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Too much love October 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Two self-absorbed yuppies, Devon and Jenna, one of which is vain beyond belief, find themselves debt-ridden when a promotion doesn't come through. Then, because of a wedding of another friend, they get further in debt, only this time to a third friend. When they can't pay the debt to the friend, things spiral out of control in a dizzying way. Increasingly the friendships start breaking apart until the debt is finally settled. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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More About the Author

Cathryn Grant's psychological suspense fiction reveals the motives and desires that lead to suburban crime. Her Suburban Noir novels, ghost story novellas, and short fiction have been described as "making the mundane menacing".

Her fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines and been anthologized in 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.

She's the author of five novels: The Demise of the Soccer Moms, Buried By Debt, The Suburban Abyss, The Hallelujah Horror Show, and Getting Ahead. She's also the author of the Madison Keith Ghost Story series. The eight novellas in the series are: Fatal Cut, Shallow Water, Unholy Child, Stone Cold, Deadly Streets, Lonely Ghosts, Last Chance, and Eaten Alive. The ninth novella, Empty Home, is coming in October 2014.

When she's not writing, Cathryn works in high tech, reads, and plays very high handicap golf. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two cats. Visit her website at cathryngrant.com


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