REVIEW: Jealousy, Nancy Bush

Monday, 17 September 2018

It's taken time for the plan to unfold, years spent waiting, watching, hating. . . . And after the first victim, the killing gets easier and easier.
The Crissmans, owners of Crissman & Wolfe department store, were once one of Portland's most powerful families. There's still enough fortune left to sow mistrust between Lucy, her bohemian sister Layla, their brother Lyle, and his grasping wife Kate. When a charity event at the Crissman Lodge ends in a fatal poisoning, Lucy becomes a prime suspect. But the truth is even more twisted, and Lucy can't be sure which of her family is being targeted... or who to fear.
Renowned defense attorney Dallas Denton has been hired to clear Lucy's name, unaware of the secret that ties them together or of the deep cracks in the Crissman legacy. Someone is ready to eliminate every obstacle to get what they most covet, and prove that envy runs deeper than blood... 

If you have been taken in by the genre-coding of the novel's cover, blurb and introductory chapter, stop right now. Because, despite the fact that all signs point to the contrary, Nancy Bush's Jealousy is not the thriller it seems.
In fact, not a thriller at all.
Instead, it is simply a "meh" (if, as a reviewer, I am allowed to utilise the word in a review - I should be, because no other word captures the overarching vibe of the novel as well), overdramatic soap opera that is attempting to masquerade itself as such.
Think Dynasty without the big hair or the sparkling, nostalgic caches of charm.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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