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Rich Again Paperback – Bargain Price, December 22, 2009

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Popular Brit Maxted (Running in Heels) rewrites Cinderella for a meaner, more cynical age in a biting saga of a filthy-rich family brought to rack and ruin by a soulless psycho intent on settling an old score. Part social commentary, part thriller, Maxted's novel charts the complicated history of rags-to-riches-times-two Jack Kent, a hotel baron who loses a first wife to an early death, watches an adopted daughter nearly marry her own father, stands by as a wastrel biological daughter squanders her life and love, and is saved by a bitchy and deliciously vindictive second wife. It's a rip-roaring tale with a creepy villain bent on wrecking the family: I have spent all of my life thinking, plotting, imagining brilliant, twisted ways to make all of you suffer the same unimaginable hell that I did, he seethes, and the annoying thing is, you all have the presumption to think it coincidence! Though the book could lose a good hundred pages and the hopscotching time line can be confusing, when Maxted finds her groove, the flow is smart, crisp and riveting. (Jan.)
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The author of Getting Over It (2000) and A Tale of Two Sisters (2006) offers up an outlandish story of love and revenge not unlike the sudsers penned by Barbara Taylor Bradford or Jackie Collins. Former billionaire Jack Kent is too busy stewing over the theft of his fortune and business by his estranged second wife, Innocence, to pay attention to either of his daughters. The eldest, Claudia, who was adopted by Jack and his first wife, is trying to distance herself from her family by getting a job as a journalist and entering into a relationship with her handsome older boss. Her younger half-sister, Emily, has set her sights on a wealthy heir and seduced him––with unintended consequences. Unbeknownst to any of them, the family is being targeted by the sociopathic Nathan, who has a tenuous connection to them. With infidelity, incest, and murder in the mix, Rich Again may not be as introspective and thoughtful as Maxted’s previous works, but readers will find themselves engrossed in the torrid tale. --Kristine Huntley
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312570287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312570286
  • ASIN: B005IV2112
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,930,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Wendell on March 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
I rarely, if ever, review books, but this one was so awful and actually offensive to me that I just had to warn others. This book is absurd. I really enjoyed some of Anna Maxted's other novels and I had heard this one was different so I wasn't necessarily expecting run of the mill chick lit, but I also wasn't expecting this unbelievable crapfest. Sure, the writing is fine, but the story is completely insane and actually, rather disgusting. The premise is totally ridiculious. The book is about a truly horrible family (there is not one redeeming character--all are hateful, one-dimensional, pathetic, and disgusting) and their tribulations over the years which while seemingly coincidental are all because they are literally being stalked by an obsessed psychopath whose motivation for destroying them is beyond ridiculious. The things that happen are totally unrealistic and completely unexplained, i.e. it would be impossible for someone to do the things this person does to this family and have it work out so well for him. Throw in the rape of a little girl (for no reason), incest (for no reason), child abuse (for no reason), murder (more than one--for no reason), and a huge dose of sheer stupidity and you have this piece of junk. It's really long as well, so takes up way too much time to get over with. It will leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. Not sure what the title "Rich Again" has to do with the book. Pure crap - save the money and time and don't bother. I won't be reading anything by Maxted again - anyone who could come up with this (and manage to get it published) is a sicko. With all the great books out there, there's no reason to read this one.
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I read the reviews and noticed that they were unfavorable, but I thought those reviewers might just be anti- chick-lit escapist fluff and were judging it as though it's supposed to be literature. I liked one of her other books, so I figured they were wrong. They're right: it's terrible.

You know those soap operas where someone's wife dies in a tragic accident that may not be an accident, and his children become wastrels or institutionalized, and someone marries his sister who was given up for adoption years ago without she's related, and there's a horrible second wife who steals his business out from under him and seemingly kills the step-child (who really lives and goes on to seek revenge), and someone is secretly married, and the evil twin turns out to be impersonating him? Oh, and there's a psychopath stalking them all? And you think, "What a far-fetched, absurd, forced story. Could they think of another ridiculous plot point to trot out? Who writes this?" Apparently Anna Maxted could, since that's basically this book. For a while I thought it was so over the top that it was almost poking fun at itself, but I think it was serious. Cliched, undeveloped, stupid characters. Depressing, contrived plot that isn't redeemed with any humor. Dragging pacing, which is pretty amazing when you pack it this full of silly, over the top events. I finally abandoned it, after having almost done so several previous times.
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The cover of this book is very misleading--this is no light chic lit novel. Definitely about dysfunctional/rich people with sex, drugs, murder and deception--almost like an early Jackie Collins's novel! I had a bit of trouble with the time frames with characters and the years, and perhaps this was written this way to emphasize that "the past will come to haunt/hurt you"?? It's a bit absurd yet a captivating book.
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If I hadn't read it on the cover I never would have known this was a book by Anna Maxted. I have enjoyed her other books, and pre-ordered this one thinking that was what I was getting. As I read this book I was happily surprised by this departure from her regular writing.

If you can get past the sexual content (necessary for story development) of book one (the book is divided up into 5 books), you will be rewarded with a well written story that makes the melodrama of Dallas and Melrose Place seem tame. Maxted did a wonderful job of creating characters that you love, hate, and love to hate. Even though Maxted departed slightly from her past books the thing that remains the same is her observations on human relationships and showing that love is not always black and white. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a bit of humor, murder, sex, and pop culture in their books.
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This Anna Maxted novel was very different than her others. I loved the others that I've read so I had to read this one. It didn't have me laughing like the others did, and it was kind of dark; but I remember this one the most of them all. I loved it!
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This book is a prefect example of that. I picked it up while in Target and judging by the cover ( my mistake) and the description on the back of the book I thought this was going to be basic chick-lit, light and girly. Boy was I wrong!!This book is very dark and shocking in the level of vial behavior that goes on in it. Once getting past the shock of the book not being what a expected, the story was pretty good, most of the plots seemed to be taken from soap operas though. My main problem with the book was the format in which it was written, the way the chapters jumped around from the current year, then 2 years before, now 10 years before, now 5 years later, now 15 years in the past again was very hard to keep up with and totally unnecessary in telling this story.
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