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Rich Again

2.5 of 5 stars 2.50  ·  rating details  ·  369 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Walk-in closet full of designer everything? Check. Private Caribbean island? Check. Connection to the aristocracy? Working on it. Cunning, malicious stalker? Double check.

Welcome to the world of the Kents, a charismatic, ambitious, and fabulously wealthy English family with two sisters – one as strong and sparkling as the other is delicate and wounded – who must somehow pu...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2008)
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If it was possible I would give this book zero stars.

There are so many reasons why this book is awful.

First off if you look at the cover you think this book is a enjoyable happy read. It's not. If I had any indication of what a dark story this is I would of never picked it up, however the cover and description never give any indication.

Second the story is not told in any sort of linear form which is confusing. It switches back and forth between different characters as it goes, also switching b...more
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This is my least favourite Anna Maxted book yet. Of the main characters, there was only one that was ALMOST likeable, the others were immensely unlike-able and I hoped they would meet a gory and torturous ending.

The plot was rambling and disorganised. The ending was predictable from about a quarter of the way into the book. Plot twists required such a ridiculous amount of suspension of disbelief that they were almost predictable again. I can't count the number of the times I rolled my eyes readi...more
Jennifer Wilbanks
This was not the Anna Maxted I am used to. This book was much darker - very much different than the wry, light material she usually writes. With that said though, I did still enjoy this book quite a bit. It was well written and had a lot of plot twists and turns. I will admit though, the "bad guy" of the story was one evil character, it gave me the creeps. I would recommend this book to people who like the mystery or thriller genre, but I don't know how much it will appeal to the readers who are...more
This book really confused me. Perhaps I should have read the description more carefully, but it sounded like a "chick lit" novel. Yes, the description mentions a malicious stalker, but this line does not give the reader any hint at the darkness and violence in the story.

The story centers around the wealthy Kent family. Patriarch Jack has been brought low through bad investments and scandal. He is "saved" from complete ruin because he devious second wife Innocence stole part of his company from h...more
Dec 27, 2009 Theresa rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Theresa by: First reads
Shelves: first-reads
To say this book was a terrible disappointment is a huge understatement. I had high hopes to sit down and read a novel about the cut-throat big business world of the rich and powerful with some family scandal thrown in. Instead, it was nothing more than a trashy novel. The first chapter alone contained underage drinking, drug usage, sex, partying all centered around a 15 year old. I had hoped the book would get better and there was a reason for such a distasteful beginning. Sadly, that never hap...more
Disappointed one of my favorite meaningful fluff british chick lit authors, Went Hollywood thriller.
Looking for the literary equivalent of a soap opera? This is your book. This story is drama-filled to the point of being over the top. Every dramatic twist you can think of is in here: business tycoons with their empires, family drama, adoptions, love affairs, murders, etc. The last 100 pages felt like they were trying to out-do the previous pages making me want to nearly give up as it was all too much.
Aimee Stacy
I must say that this book was not at all what I expected from Anna Maxted, and I have not figured out if that's a good thing or a bad thing. She is well known for dealing with serious subjects such as eating disorders, death, abuse, and rape with both humor and sensitivity. It's her comedic voice that makes her such a brilliant writer, and that was missing from this novel. It was very, very dark, and more of the Sandra Brown or even Jackie Collins than her usual work. With that being said, I am...more
Ugh. If what you like about Maxted's book is a believable, relatable heroine dealing with serious issues then there's absolutely no reason for you to read this book.

And talk about a case of "don't judge a book by its cover"! If you're thinking you're getting chick lit or even "women's fiction" BEWARE - this book goes heavily into psychopath territory, with very little warning.

Add to all that that the writing is far below Maxted's usual quality and I have to wonder if she wrote this or if someon...more
This was one of the most unenjoyable books that I've ever read and I could kick myself that I actually spent money and time on it. I should have just stopped reading, but I was halfway through the book before I realized that it really wasn't going to get any better.

The characters were all shallow and with no redeeming features, so I didn't even care when bad things happened to them. I'm just so happy that I finally finished it so I can read something else!

I've read several of Anna Maxted's books...more
She has always been a favorite author of mine, but I found this book very disappointing. She does have a flair for writing about the darker parts of human personalities and experiences, but this book is dark to the point where there is only one redeemable character in the book, and the rest are vile. It was not an enjoyable read.
I LOVE Anna Maxted, so I was very disappointed to get 99 pages into this and realize that I was hating it. Bad characters that I didn't care about. Confusing structure. Weird brand-dropping. Melodrama out the wazoo. I stopped reading it.
Makenzie Collie
This is the second worst book I've ever read. It stands out memorably. I usually like Anna Maxted books, but this one felt really contrived and awful.
I just really couldn't care about any of these characters... only read the rest because I was stuck on a plane!
I just want to say first off that I’m really sorry it took me so long to read/review this for my First Reads win. Master’s degree, marriage, buying a house…Anyways. (I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.)

Jack, Innocence, Claudia, and Emily Kent are rich. Filthy rich. The English family owns a chain of fancy hotels and because of this, they live a privileged life. Anything they could every want, they have. Despite this, the family is not happy.

Jack and Innocence do not have...more
Sara (smb+jab)
Given the book’s description I thought this novel was going to be much different. What I thought would be a fun chicklit book detailing the lives of two wealthy sisters who had to put their differences aside to ban together once their father is disgraced by a business deal gone array, turned out to be a far cry from it.

The story centers around the Kent family, Jack, Innocence, and their two daughters, Claudia and Emily. Jack is the patriarch of the family, who built his business from the ground...more
Heidi Lauren
If you want to get in touch with your greedy, shallow, twisted, resentful side, read this book. If you want a typical Maxted book that makes you laugh and cry and go bake cupcakes, don't read it.

I takes guts to write characters who are virtuosic in their awfulness. Sure there are far fetched story lines but why not?

My only beef is that there is a character who becomes a great actor by being duplicitous and callous, and I think that's actually impossible. Acting requires compassion, and maybe no...more
Kathleen Kelly
I went and read a few reviews about this book when I first knew I was going to get it. After reading more negative reviews than positive, I was a bit apprehensive on whether I really wanted to read it or not, or if I was going to be able to finish it. I stuck with it and I am really glad I did.

The story is basically about a very dysfunctional family, the only difference between the Kents and other families is that they have money and of course the family members are not the kind of people that...more
The Kents are an extremely wealthy family with a lot of problems and dysfunction. Daughter Emily is into drugs and alcohol and is busy scheming about how she can get the son of an earl to marry her. She is 15 at the time. Daughter Claudia just wants to escape from the family and falls for an older guy, but something is not quite right. Mother Innocence Kent is not all that innocentand is more interested in herself and wealth than her children and father, Jack is more into creating more wealth to...more
I just won this from Goodreads. Not the kind of book that I would usually pick up so I am excited to read it.
Wow! Hold-on. Don't get too excited because it is not a happy sigh for this book. This book was a huge disappointment not simply because I did not enjoy the story, more related to the fact that it was the first book that I had ever won and I didn't even like it. On top of that, I couldn't finish it. I never give up on a book. Some folks need more time than others to develop a story, but t...more
2.5 stars

Did Anna Maxted really write this? Wow. I've read everything she's written for years and felt safe picking this one up without even reading the back cover. I've come to expect a certain quality from Maxted. I've seen her books referred to as the thinking girl's chick-lit (even though I've never considered her novels chick-lit).

Maybe Maxted wanted to take a break from her usually serious subject matter and have some fun. Who could blame her? But I sure wish the cover had come with a dis...more
I'm a fan of fun, easy, chick-lit novels. This had the cover of one, but it definitely was not. While I wasn't a fan of the thriller/suspense style, I kept with it until the end. Too bad that happy(?) ending was given a super small chapter... Basically, a page. I liked other books by Anna Maxted, but this is not one I will reread.
I started reading this book because I was reading another book that was really depressing and I needed to step away from it for a while. I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but if you look at this book's cover it seems like it would be a fun mental vacation, right? Perfectly harmless? WRONG! I almost had to put it down because there was child molestation and abuse, murders, almost-incest, and people literally and figratively screwing each other over. A kind of updated Jilly...more
Well that was a chore. First book I read by Anna Maxted, and I don't think I'll go back. The endless descriptions of everyone's extravagant lifestyle was annoying. Yes, they're rich. Move on!
I also didn't find the villain to be very believable. Maybe I'm just naive, but I can't see someone going to such great lengths to destroy a family. Even someone who's that crazy. The book was just confusing and drawn out. The write up on the back cover made the book sound very interesting, but I lost intere...more
It took me forever to read this book, which is strange because the writing is good and the story is engaging. However, I disliked all of the characters. There was no one to cheer for because these people were all seriously warped. I think, since I would guess that the reader is supposed to cheer for Claudia, that there needed to be more of Claudia in the book, and then make her more like-able. Although the most normal character, she played too much on her victimhood by her totally self-absorbed...more
Moira Smith
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Rich Again is a story of a wealthy family and the ups and downs of their life. This story is told from the points of view of all of the family members through various points of time. This style of writing is ultimately why I have given the book two stars. Following all of the changes was confusing, especially given that I was reading the book for about 20 minutes a day in school - I am a middle school teacher. Every time I went back to the book I had to reread some of what I read the day before,...more
What a bummer. I had read other reviews and they were baaaaadd, but I thought, maybe it just wasn't chick lit enough or something. Well, I gave this 200 pages before I finally said I am done. The characters all seem to be EXACTLY the same. I was confused almost at the get go and could not even figure out what the point of what she was telling me was, and why I should even care one bit about any of the characters she was writing about. I have liked her other books, but this one seemed like a tota...more
I've enjoyed other books by this author. Her books are fun, mindless chick-lit. But this book -- her latest -- is absolutely horrible. The book opens up with a character that's not likable at all, and the others pretty much follow suit. The plot lines are over the top and deal with pretty horrific and tragic subjects. There's even a psychopathic serial killer. This is such a departure from the author's other books - she wasn't thinking at all with this one!
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Anna Maxted is a bestselling author based in North London, England. Born in 1969, she is married to fellow author and journalist Philip Robinson and they have three young sons. She writes female contemporary fiction which is viewed to be at the high end of the chick lit market. Anna Maxted read English Literature at Girton College, Cambridge, before becoming a journalist. She is former Assistant E...more
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