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review 2017-04-09 05:52
The Widow of Wall Street
The Widow of Wall Street: A Novel - Randy Susan Meyers

By:  Randy Susan Meyers

ISBN: 9781501131349

Publisher:  Atria Books

Publication Date: 4/11/2017 

Format:  Hardcover

My Rating: 5 Stars 


Randy Susan Myers returns following Accidents of Marriage (2014) with her latest riveting domestic suspense, THE WIDOW OF WALL STREET bold and edgy an inside look at betrayal in a marriage.

The blind love, lies, dark secrets; the unraveling, devastation, and the need to rebuild a life after the fallout of Wall Street and a fraudulent husband's Ponzi scheme. Was the wife living in denial?

Phoebe and Jake met when they were teens. Jake and Phoebe come from different backgrounds. Jake is obsessed with money and success. He wants and needs a different future than his childhood. He thinks this will earn him the respect he craves.

Phoebe makes a wrong decision, leading her to guilt and loyalty to Jake. They marry, despite her overbearing mom’s warning.

He soon excels and opens a brokerage house. Things go well. However, soon greed, power, and money get in the way. He is dishonest. He thinks it is temporary. He has a private fund. A Ponzi scheme. A crime soon to be uncovered. The time bomb. Fraud.

Phoebe is blind to it all. The money is flowing – wealth, prestige, homes, and power,

Starting from Nov 2009, we learn Jake is now in prison. They have lost everything. Phoebe takes a Greyhound bus to the upstate NY correctional prison. She despises him. He still has her under his thumb, worrying about what she is wearing and appearances. He still has not acknowledged his part in the disaster.

However, Phoebe is struggling. She has taken her husband’s side over her children, causing a huge strain. Her children are strangers to her now. She must face Jake’s crime. The wife of a demon.

Her entire marriage had been a battle against being known only as Jake’s wife—now she feared the battle could be over for good. She had become a widow to a living man and a childless mother.

How did they get to this place? People wondered if she knew. Was she this naïve? She trusted this man. Her life is shattered. How many people has he fooled? A monster.

The author takes us back to the early days to the 1960s, where we hear from two points of view: Phoebe and Jake. The roller coaster ride from mansions, and wealth to prison.

When yet another tragedy occurs, Phoebe is forced to make a decision. She has to cut Jake free, even though he felt he could straddle the world on other’s people’s legs. Love and loss. Survival. He had squandered and cheated people and fooled millionaires, and lessons never learned.

Can Phoebe survive this disaster and come out whole once again? A different person perhaps?

The author does an outstanding job with the couple's journey from both perspectives. What a ride. The dark secrets of a husband and his scheming. A financial empire crumbling. The betrayal. From domestic suspense to psychological.

If you enjoyed the Madoff miniseries, (good), assured to find THE WIDOW OF WALL STREET engaging. Of course, in Palm Beach we hear his name often; however, Trump has taken over the spotlight here on the island.

Randy Susan Myers tackles highly charged topics, telling deeply personal stories of women. Their complexities, fear, pride and despair are woven brilliantly into the absorbing narrative.

Fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain, (A Stolen Marriage) Kimberly S. Belle (The Marriage Lie) and Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies) will appreciate the complex relationships and the emotional inner lives of women in crisis.

Read the backstory.

A special thank you to Atria and NetGalley for an early reading copy.


Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2016/09/01/The-Widow-of-Wall-Street
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review 2015-01-28 00:00
Ventures and Investments
Ventures and Investments - RoughDraftHero There's a lot of mixed reviews about this.
I'm curious. I'll try it myself.
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review 2015-01-05 21:17
Ventures and Investments (RoughDraftHero)
Ventures and Investments - RoughDraftHero


First of all, I feel like I need to apologize to the author somewhat.

The truth is I don't really give out 1-star ratings on principle -- those books I hate or despise, I will DNF early on, thus no rating. But this book was picked as my Indonesian M/M Readers group reading challenge for January, in which one of the rules is no DNF (but we can skim haha), so I needed to force myself to read skim in to the very end, which ended up with my 1.5* rating there.


So yes, Justin was PATHETIC -- really, man, GROW A FUCKING SPINE, why don't you?!? And here I thought that nothing is worse than reading pathetic character. Oh, wait, there IS something worse ... in which I had to endure Tony, who is ARROGANT AND POSSESSIVE JACKASS!!!! So Justin hurt you in the past. Well, BOO FUCKING HOO! The whole "I need my revenge, I want to humiliate you because you hurt me in the past" seemed like it came from a VERY BAD Harlequin trope (you know the billionaire blackmailing the heroine kind of trope) from years ago.


Added the snotty bitchy female who thinks "Tony is my boyfriend, he doesn't love you, Justin, he would make me a star" and I was ready to tear my hair out! Chris might be a little interesting, if I didn't already dislike him on sight for being another conceited rich boy.

I was forced to skim because if not I would've thrown my Kindle to the wall, and I love my Kindle. I did NOT love this book. Wait, scratch that, I hated this book.

But I need to say something nice about this book too -- because that's how I am taught. Okay, I like the cover. How's that?

** off to find something better to wash away the bitter taste **

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review 2015-01-04 00:00
Ventures and Investments
Ventures and Investments - RoughDraftHero A barely reached 2 stars for me. This story sure took "misunderstanding" to a whole new level. More so when it involved our naive oblivious indecisive pride-less Justin Plank and the golden brooding suave man, Tony Torroda, who was his friend(??)-nemesis-tormentor-lover. I so didn't get what the fuss was all about.

Told (mostly) from Justin's perspective, didn't give clear clue of what's going on inside his head and what made this story seemed so very complicated. He was a broken, sad, lonely young man desperate for his father's approval. So??? I also didn't get all the repeat descriptions of he's being sleazy, skeezy, social pariah, whatnots. Well, Justin had no backbone or self-respect and a drama queen twink, that's what I get.

And don't get me started on Tony Torroda! He seemed like a mysterious bright enigma with no background aside from his Oregon origin. I also didn't get his obsession and fixation on Justin. True love? Nuh-uh. I don't think so.

Also distracting were the random flashbacks with random timeline. Those also messed with my "trying to enjoy" the story. And while I initially was rather hopeful toward Chris part in this story, he also turned out to be rather annoying. The closing were too rushed and stretched out at the same time. I guess I was just too tired with pull-and-push fire and ice interactions throughout the story. Misunderstanding solved though. Finally.
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