Title:- Stone Cold Fo
Author:- Rachel Koller Croft
Date published:- February 14th 2023
No. of pages:- 368 pages
Overall rating:- 2.5/5
A compelling debut novel about an ambitious woman who, after a lifetime of conning alongside her mother, wants to leave her dark past behind and marry the heir to one of the country’s wealthiest families.
Like any enterprising woman, Bea knows what she’s worth and is determined to get all she deserves—it just so happens that what she deserves is to marry rich. After a lifetime of forced instruction in the art of swindling men by her mother, Bea wants nothing more than to escape her shadow, close the door on their sordid past, and disappear safely into old-money domesticity.
When Bea finds her final mark in the perfectly dull blue-blooded Collin, she’s ready to deploy all her tricks one last time. The challenge isn’t getting the ring, but rather the approval of Collin’s family and everyone else in their tax bracket, particularly his childhood best friend Gale. Going toe-to-toe with Gale isn’t a threat to an expert like Bea, but what begins as an amusing cat-and-mouse game quickly develops into a dangerous chase. As the truth of Bea’s past threatens to come roaring out, she finds herself racing against the clock to pass the finish line before everything is exposed.
This is one of those books where you read so many raving reviews and then ended up thinking, whether you should really trust the reviewers or not. So this book happened to be one of them.
Let’s start with the positive side of the review
- The setting of the book was unique
- I like the shift between the past and the present so we can get a glimpse of Bea’s childhood.
- The middle and the ending was OK.
- The sister thing (SPOILER ALERT) at the end was an unexpected twist.
And the negative points?
- This book is labeled out as a thriller but there’s nothing in the book that should be labeled as thriller genre
- The first part was boring.
- I felt like I was watching a rerun of Revenge TV series and Gossip Girl mingled together
- The characters are all unlikable perhaps except Bea in my opinion.
- I am not sure about what the point of having unnecessary characters
- Overall, it was a disappointing read in my opinion
For some people, this book maybe worth the hype. But in my opinion, this book wasn’t that great. There are so many book out there that needed and deserve recognition and I feel this was disappointing in my opinion. And last I heard, this book is going to be turned into a movie.
Overall this book worth 2.5 stars.
Rachel Koller Croft is an author and screenwriter in Los Angeles where she has scripted projects for Blumhouse, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Comedy Central, among others. She lives by the beach with her husband, Charles, and their rescue pitbull, Juniper. STONE COLD FOX is her first novel.