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Good rich people
2022
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Successful people who have made it on their own might count themselves lucky when they are invited to live in the guesthouse of a Hollywood Hills mansion owned by Graham and Lyla, but not so. The wealthy couple revels in wrecking the lives of their guests, whom they see as intolerable upstarts. But their latest guest is downtrodden Demi, who has secretly taken over another person's life, and she knows how to fight back. Won in a boiling-over six-way auction, this book from the author of two YA thrillers has been bought for television.
Publishers Weekly Review
Lyla Herschel, the principal narrator of this fiendish psychological thriller from Brazier (If I Disappear), suffers from boredom, as does her super wealthy husband, Graham, with whom she lives in a grand house perched on a cliff in the Hollywood Hills. To alleviate their mutual emotional ennui, the couple initiate a dangerous game with the well-to-do tenants they solicit for the guesthouse on their property. Meanwhile, Demi Golding, who's homeless, stumbles into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take on the identity of a well-paid director of a tech company. Lyla is happy to accept Demi when she applies to be their new tenant, and she soon becomes unwittingly engaged in Lyla and Graham's nefarious schemes. Brazier plays delicious homage to Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" and Nathaniel West's The Day of the Locust as the action builds to a climactic out-of-control 30th birthday party that involves guests in a battle of "simunition" ("Real guns but fake ammunition"). Along the way, the two women--one trapped in a dead-end marriage, the other in an audacious attempt to improve her social status--bond. Readers with a taste for the idiosyncratic and the macabre will find much to relish. Agent: Sarah Bedingfield, Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary. (Jan.)
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