Stone Cold Fox
by Rachel Koller Croft
Publication Date February 14, 2023
Published by Penguin
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Genres: Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological, Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense, Fiction / Women
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
A perfectly wicked debut thriller 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. Filthy rich. After years of forced instruction by her mother in the art of swindling men, a now-solo Bea wants nothing more than to close and lock the door on their sordid partnership so she can disappear safely into old-money domesticity, sealing the final phase of her escape.
When Bea chooses her ultimate target in the fully loaded, thoroughly dull and blue-blooded Collin Case, she’s ready to deploy all of 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 1 percent tax bracket, particularly his childhood best friend, Gale Wallace-Leicester.
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 pursuit of the grisly truth. Finding herself at a literal life-and-death crossroads with everything on the line, Bea must finally decide who she really wants to be.
Like mother, like daughter?
Stone Cold Fox by Rachel Koller Croft is a wickedly creative thriller that I just loved. I found the book impossible to put down.
Bea knows what she wants in life, and she’s determined to get it. And Bea is used to getting what she wants. She learned from the best, her mother. She taught Bea how to swindle men and get what she deserves. Except, Bea has more aspirational goals, she wants to marry an extremely rich man and be set up for life.
Bea has set her sights on Colin a very wealthy man from a family of old money. Bea doesn’t believe in love and that makes Colin a perfect candidate, he’s boring, loyal, and completely besotted with her. Bea is confident she can get Colin to pop the question, her only challenge will be his doting family and his best friend Gale.
After reading just the first few pages, I knew this book was for me! The book is told from Bea’s POV, and her thoughts are disturbing and calculating. Bea is not a likable character, but she’s fascinating, intriguing, and very compelling. I couldn’t stop reading even though she’s a cold-hearted, and disturbed woman. And, even though she’s not very nice, I was rooting for her the entire book.
The book flashes back to her childhood with her mother, and these flashbacks definitely made me more sympathetic for Bea, she’s a product of her unorthodox and disturbing childhood.
Stone cold fox is a fast-paced, exciting thriller that I couldn’t put down.
I highly recommend Stone Cold Fox to anyone who enjoys thrillers. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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