Could you cause car accidents for money? That's what the young couple in Crashers has to decide. Will it save them or ruin them?
"A riveting story of love and desperation, greed and redemption. Fraudulent car accidents is a multi-million dollar racket, involving unscrupulous medical providers, personal injury attorneys, and the cooperating passengers involved in the accidents—and who also receive a portion of the illegal proceeds.
A chance encounter with a stranger in whom Shari confides her troubles proves fortuitous: he tells her of a get-rich-quick scheme that will put her and her fiancé on easy street. Seduced by the chance to move from hard times to good times in no time, Sheri finds herself acting as the “victim” in a staged auto accident. The act goes according to plan and Shari gets her payday, but getting out and breaking free of the insurance fraud underworld will take nothing short of a miracle."
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Talk about a suspense novel! Crashers kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire book! I couldn't put it down and read it in two evenings. The two main characters, Shari and Nathan, are sympathetic and realistic, especially as we see them working hard in their lives before everything begins to spiral downward. I really felt for them as they tried to hold their lives together. However, people can do things under stress that they didn't know they were capable of--and that's why the fake auto accidents begin to seem like a reasonable option for the young couple.
Under stress, the couple struggles with money as well as their relationship. These struggles and their reactions to stress seem realistic and really allowed me to feel the pain and fear of their situation. In the novel, the character shifts from upbeat and in-love gradually show a much darker side of both of Shari and Nathan.
The writing was riveting and realistic, owing of course, to a very compelling topic. Some of the scenes in the book were shocking and some very moving. It's incredible to think that there are actually people out there every day who are in the business of car crash insurance fraud. Getting a glimpse into that world was amazingly fascinating, and at times, disturbing. (As it should be.) The novel Crashers really captures how illegal get-rich-quick schemes appeal to people for different reasons, and how greed, pity, pettiness, and excitement can all play into these scams in varying ways. At times I felt like a bit of innuendo was thrown in just because that kind of thing "sells", but mostly this was kept to a minimum. (Nothing is explicit.) The language in the book got pretty colorful, which made me a tad uncomfortable. However, because many scenes in the book involve crime lords, criminals, bars, and other types of questionable establishments, I'm sure that the language was accurate.
Overall I recommend the Crashers Book. I give the writing a 4/5, the characters 4/5, and the story line a 5/5. You can purchase the book on Amazon in print version or in the e-reader version.
Lindy S. Hudis is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is the author of a suspense novel, Weekends. Her screenplay “The Lesson” was made into an independent film and was screened at the Seattle Independent Film Festival and Cine-Nights in 2000. She lives in California with her husband and two children. You can follow her on Facebook or Twitter!
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