Thursday, August 23, 2012

Crashers by Lindy S. Hudis (Book Review)

I was surprised at how quickly my attention was caught by Crashers by Lindy S. Hudis.  First let me tell  you how shocked I was/am at the fact that there is such a thing as vehicular accident fraud!  I really had no idea, so not only did I learn something new, but the fictionalized story was very captivating.

Overall, it is a good wake-up call to remind us that taking the easy way out of a situation is not always the right choice, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is, and there are situations that can get much worse before they get better!

Such is the case for Shari and Nathan, who are engaged, and wanting to get out of debt.  When approached with a get-rich-quick scheme that seems easy, they find themselves in deeper than they want to be.

I loved the insight into the investigative side of the fraud as well, and thought Detective Louise Holley was wonderful.  This was a pretty quick read because it was hard to put down, and I constantly struggled NOT to skim ahead to see how things turned out.

Pick up a copy of Crashers and I can just about promise you will have a non-stop page turner in your hands, I enjoyed it and I'm glad I stepped away from my normal genres to give this one a try.  You'll learn a few things, you'll ask yourself if you could ever find yourself (or your loved-ones) in a similar situation, you'll hold your breath through some scenes, and you'll get a shocking twist in the story near the end.

I'll add one last note that this is a great book, but is probably best for adults due to mild language.

Crashers: A Tale of Cappers and Hammers
by Lindy S. Hudis
Bettie Youngs Book Publishers (April 27, 2012) ~ 290 pages 
Fiction / Thriller
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Edition Reviewed: Paperback - Review copy received courtesy of the author in coordination with a Karma Media Review Campaign!

About the Book: From Amazon
Fraudulent car accidents is a multi-million dollar racket, involving unscrupulous medical providers, personal injury attorneys, and the cooperating passengers involved in the accidents and who also receive a portion of the illegal proceeds. Such is the fate of newly engaged, Nathan and Shari, whose joy is tempered by the dark cloud of mounting debt. A chance encounter with a stranger in whom Shari confides her troubles, proves fortuitous: he tells her of a get-rich-quick scheme that will put her and her fiance on easy street. Seduced by the chance to move from hard times to good times in no time, she finds herself acting as a stuffed passenger the victim in a staged auto accident. Shari gets her payday, but getting out and breaking free of the insurance fraud underworld will take nothing short of a miracle. A modern day cautionary tale that uncovers how the innocent get lured into the scheme of cappers and hammers.
About the Author: (from her site)

Lindy S. Hudis is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is the author of a suspense novel, Weekends. Her screenplay “The Lesson” was made into an independent film and was screened at the Seattle Independent Film Festival and Cine-Nights in 2000. She lives in California with her husband and two children.
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*Disclosure: I received samples in exchange for my honest review in participation with this campaign. I am an Amazon Associate.


Sharon Martin said...

It's shocking the lengths these people will go to just for money.

ruthhill74 said...

Very nice review. I could not agree more!

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