ARC Review | Good Rich People by Eliza Jane Brazier

Good Rich PeopleTitle: Good Rich People
Author: Eliza Jane Brazier
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: January 25, 2022

“Sometimes I ask myself why I stay. But I have known money long enough to realize that it always comes with strings attached. And I have known the world long enough to know that as its core, it’s a game. Either you play or you are the one being played with.”

I’m so torn, because this really hooked me at the beginning – the cold indifference, the satire, and complete out of touchness were perfect for the story, and though that did continue, the actual plot grew tedious and frankly boring.

While I did really enjoy the writing style, the switching POVs which I normally love felt drawn out here because we’d backtrack in time and get repeat scenes from different perspectives. Some of these scenes really worked, but they often made the story drag and added no additional insight into the characters or their motivations. I also think a few of the side characters were underdeveloped for the role they were supposed to play in the story. And I think it’s appropriate that Graham complained about being bored all the time because he was so dull. All the characters were flat to me, so it was a little harder to get lost in the story like I wanted.

But the ending was probably the most disappointing to me. The lead up to this big game was rushed and the results unsatisfying. While I always enjoy a full circle moment, while a clear parallel to the beginning of the story, it mostly left me unsure of what was actually happening. I think this just disappointed me in too many small was for me to actually enjoy it, which is a shame.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


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