Review by Mee_maw -- Concealment by Rose Edmunds

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Review by Mee_maw -- Concealment by Rose Edmunds

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Concealment" by Rose Edmunds.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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This book tells the story of Amy, a highly motivated professional in the business world. Amy did not have a stable childhood; she was raised by a pathological hoarder and this continues to have negative effects on her even in adulthood.

The story is set in present day where Amy is carrying on with her life as a business executive. Some tax irregularities are reported in the company she works for and shortly after there is a death in the company. Amy is convinced that something sinister is going on and she sets out to uncover the truth. The plot builds up at a steady pace and is well written to portray the world of big business and finance.

The writing is remarkable with a masterfully constructed plot and excellent characterization. The author’s decision to write in the first person was also a refreshing change. I have not read too many books written in this style. Most books written in the first person are biographies while this is not. The author took quite a risk in choosing to write this way.

Concealment is set in the world of high finance but there is no reason to feel intimidated if you are not familiar with that world. There are quite a few business terms but they are all used in context. It is possible to infer their meaning without reaching for a dictionary.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. At first I thought I might not connect with the material. I feared it might not be relatable. However, this is an excellent psychological thriller that inspired me to be as resilient as Amy was. The story has universal appeal, it covers themes that are also relevant to people who have never wanted to climb the corporate ladder. No matter what we do for a living we can all identify with Amy’s struggle. This is not a typical story about business mergers and fraudulent executives. It focuses more on the actions of the characters and their motivation for doing the things they do.

There is a stereotype about business executives. Amy’s boss fits into this stereotype perfectly but he never appears too cheesy. He sure is evil, but you never expect what he does next. It is difficult to read his intentions from his mannerisms. There will be moments where you doubt Amy’s sanity all because her boss does such a good job covering up his true character.

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