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Amy Robinson, a partner at a tax firm, has had an eventful life, having built an illustrious career on rather questionable foundations. Growing up in a difficult environment, she was subjected to various external influences that shaped her tough character. As a result of her complicated childhood, she developed an aversion to any mention of her family, especially her mother. This emotional trauma lasted well into her adulthood, to the point where it drove a wedge between her and her partner, Greg, resulting in their separation.
The main plot is centered around the acquisition of a company that was audited by Pearson Malone, Amy's firm. A fellow colleague (who happens to be Greg's brother, Ryan) is passed over for a promotion, while Ryan's partner, Isabelle, receives a double promotion, which sparks drama in the firm. She disappears after the promotion, shortly after people find out that Isabelle and Ryan had argued right before her disappearance, and rumors begin to spread, eventually leading to Ryan being taken into custody under the suspicion of murder.
Speculation spreads like wildfire amongst the firm and the media, and Amy picks up on an anomaly in the company's books. She soon discovers that this anomaly might just be the reason behind Isabelle's disappearance, and is led down a trail that lands her in hot water with almost everyone in her personal and professional life.
Concealment by Rose Edmunds was one of the more enjoyable books I have read. This is because I am highly familiar with the concepts discussed. While some may have been put off by the technical terms being used throughout the book, I believe that it gives a higher level of definition to the story and demonstrates the author's knowledge of the field that the main character is involved in. Personally, it was very well-illustrated.
I especially liked the British humor found in the book and the fact that it went into quite a bit of detail especially when references were made to financial terms. I believe this was necessary considering the setting of the book. There was nothing much I disliked about the book, but if there was anything that I felt could have been written better, it would be the epilogue. It felt a little too simple, and while it served the purpose of a 'victory cheer' for the main character, it did not fit into the realism that the book was written around. As this was rather insignificant, it does not affect my rating for this book, and I give it 4 out of 4 stars.
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