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Everything to Lose

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  2,853 ratings  ·  346 reviews
A determined, (down on her luck, ) mother caring for her handicapped son becomes entangled in a murderous conspiracy to keep a twenty year old secret buried in this blistering thriller, set during the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, from Andrew Gross, the New York Times bestselling author of 15 Seconds and No Way Back.

While driving along a suburban back road, Hilary B

Hardcover, 325 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by William Morrow
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After the divorce, Hilary Cantor’s sole focus was caring for her son Brandon; he had been diagnosed with a severe form of Aspergers syndrome and it wasn’t until Hilary found a special school for Brandon that she found more hope for him. Jim had deserted them but she had Elena who cared for Brandon when Hilary was at work – picking him up from school, taking him to appointments; she was a godsend. But when Hilary was put off from her job; Jim had stopped paying for school fees long ago and she wa ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Andrew Gross can't start his latest book, "Everything to Lose" (William Morrow 2014) any more depressingly than what's he's done: Hilary Blum, beleaguered single mom of an autistic child, loses her job. When she asks the boy's father for help, he's too busy taking his new family on vacation to pay attention to the desperation of a son he appears to consider 'broken' (I might be reading into that, though--I was pretty angry with Dad by then). Hilary tries everything she can come up with to save h ...more
Dale Harcombe
Hilary Cantor is faced with a choice. Through a mix of circumstances that involve a car accident, Hilary can do something she knows is wrong to try and keep her son Brandon who has Aspergers at his expensive school where they seem to be helping him, keep her home and pay off her debts. But what will it mean for her and those around her if she makes this choice? Sure, she could go to Jim, her ex and Brandon‘s father and ask for help. But if he refuses to help what then? And with his new wife and ...more
Mark Rubinstein
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Everything to Lose is a blistering thriller. Hilary Cantor comes upon an accident and finds a dead man in a car with a satchel containing half a million dollars in cold, hard cash. What to do? The novel begins with the line, "Every life is the story of a single mistake and what happens afterwards."

And what happens afterwards is a pulse-pounding story of a woman's struggle with right and wrong, her need to survive, to help and even save her child, and to find a new direction in her life. A well-d
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I really struggled over the rating of this book. I am a huge Andrew Gross fan and was dithering between 3/5 and 4/5. Sadly after thinking about it, this latest release just didn’t cut it for me. Although, having said that, this is entirely a personal choice and is also based upon his previous work. Hilary Cantor is the lead character in this book and her life seems to be literally falling apart at the seams. Her son has Aspergers Syndrome and she has been left to deal with that and her mounting ...more
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hilary Cantor is a good person, but like all good people, she has seen her share of hardship. A single mother of a son with Asperger’s syndrome, she has been working hard to maintain a quality life for herself and her son. Despite her best efforts, her world has begun to drop out from under her. Her deadbeat ex-husband is waning in his financial and emotional support, her bills have begun to stack up, and she has recently become a victim of the recession when she loses her job. Facing bankruptcy ...more
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Everything to Lose by Andrew Gross
4.5 Stars

From The Book:
While driving along a suburban back road, Hilary Cantor, who's just lost her job and whose deadbeat husband has left her to care for her son who has Asperger's, witnesses a freakish accident when a deer suddenly darts in front of the car ahead of her. The driver careens down a hill and slams into a tree. Rushing to help, she discovers the car smoking, the driver dead—and a satchel on the floor stuffed with a half million dollars.

That money
Sadly I was expecting much more from this book than what I was given.

The premise was great, I really loved the idea. There was so much potential, with so many possibilities of where the story would head. What would she do with the money? How would it come back to bite her? Who, and what, would be behind the cash? So many questions even before you pick up the book. Due to this I was expecting a fast paced thriller, keeping me interested from the get-go.

Alas, such was not the case. Things failed t
Virginia Campbell
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Everything to Lose" features a flawed, but fascinating, heroine with a compelling character's voice. Author Andrew Gross fleshes out his leading lady, Hilary Blum, as a woman devoted to the care of her son, Brandon, who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome. Hilary's ex-husband, Jim, is an absentee father whose emotional and financial support is an increasingly diminishing commodity. Remarried to woman of means with two sons of her own from a previous marriage, Jim's own loss of his construction bus ...more
May 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
Eh, this wasn't my kind of book. From the synopsis, it seemed like something I'd definitely be interested in, but I think maybe it was the style that I found a little lacking.

I liked the premise--a cash-strapped woman finds a half million dollars, and decides to take it so she can provide for her special needs child. But of course, $500,000 doesn't just appear for no reason, and people are usually pretty upset when that kind of money disappears on them. So the woman, Hilary, finds herself in a c
Jo Dervan
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mother stops on a dark Westchester road to aid an accident victim. She discovers that he is dead but she sees a satchel filled with cash in the damaged car. Her first impulse is to take the money and hide it nearby. She is convinced the money will solve the grave financial problems that she and her autistic son have had recently.
However when she retrieves the money and begins to use it to pay her mortgage, taxes and son's tuition in a school for special children, she gets involved in a tangle
Scott Stewart
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
First I want to thank the publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Andrew Gross' new novel.

This was a thrilling ride that makes me want to read Gross' other books. You really get caught up in the story and cannot put the book down. I read it in 3 sittings. The main character Hilary was a person most people can relate to, and sympathize with even when she was doing illegal things. If there was one thing I didn't like about the story was how tidy the ending was. Everyone "lived happil
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was a lucky winner of an advanced reader's edition of this book here on The story line has excellent twists & turns in it that keep you on your toes & makes it hard to put down. I highly recommend this book to anybody that loves a great mystery/thriller.

I am so glad that I did win this book, as I have discovered another author that I will be reading more books from in the very near future.
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another great novel by Andrew Gross. I got into him when he wrote under the James Patterson writing factory and instantly liked his work. Since then I have read most of his books and rarely am I disappointed. It is a fairly simple story but nevertheless keeps you gripped and entertained as the novel twists and turns.
May 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
The story moves along quickly but I didn't like any of the characters. The author seems to think that because the protagonist has a "special needs" son the reader will excuse her behavior that puts others in harm’s way. I didn’t find her a sympathetic character at all.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read in 2014 and somehow did not mark it as read in Goodreads. Excellent!
Kristi Sawyer
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, Gross kept me gripped throughout. A mother, struggling to make ends meet, is suddenly presented with the opportunity to solve all her money problems...the only problem is that she is pretty sure it's illegal. In making such a decision, she entangles herself in a web of conspiracy and crime that she can't get out of, without someone getting hurt.
Terri Lynn
I am always annoyed when bad guys have a millions dollars (or $500,000 in this case), there is an accident or some other event, and some nice deserving person- in this case divorced mom Hilary Cantor- finds it at a time of desperate need but winds up dodging evil guys only for the government to rob her of the money, put her in jail, and then demand restitution for money that wasn't the government's money in the first place. For once, I would love to see the person just get to keep it!

Hilary Can
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Mar 19, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars this time. I'm a fan of this author, but have mixed feelings about this one. I found it gripping, and unlike other reviewers, I did like the protagonist, Hilary. She is a single (divorced) mother with an autistic son (Asperger's syndrome) who at times has violent fantasies. She was gutsy, with the mother-bear instinct about her son, loving him unconditionally. I could see why she was tempted to keep the money she found, based on her circumstances. She did try hard to get help from her ...more
Paul Pessolano
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Everything to Lose” by Andrew Gross, published by William Morrow.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – March 01, 2014

What would you do?????

Hilary Cantor is in dire straits. She is divorced and has a child who is in need of special care. Her ex-husband’s business has failed and he has remarried and has two children. Hilary is now faced with being the sole support with trying to pay a large mortgage on her house, paying for he son’s education and care. All of this, and she has just been
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Completely hooked after the first page! "Everything to Lose," is INTENSE! The beginning of the book starts with a young couple who are getting ready to experience a change in their relationship, but a surprise happens. The story then begins to evolve into the life of Hilary Cantor. Author Andrew Gross, takes you into each scene and you become one with Hilary who has a son, Brandon, with Asperger's. She's in debt and her ex husband is not helping out. She witnesses a car accident in which the dri ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

What would you do if you found a half million dollars, hid the money, laundered the money, and then found out that it was money that someone would kill for to get it back?

Hilary was being a good Samaritan when she stopped to help at the scene of an accident, but what she didn't know was that the accident victim had a satchel of money in the car that didn't belong to him and that definitely didn't belong to her. The money would really help Hilary pay her bills, though, since she was spending her
V.E. Lynne
Hilary Cantor is a desperate woman. Divorced with a young son who has Asperger's, Hilary's situation becomes desperate when she loses her job, cannot sell her house in a bad economy and can no longer afford her son's school fees. Her ex husband has remarried and cannot or will not help her. It therefore seems like all her problems have miraculously been solved when she happens upon a fatal car accident and discovers a satchel full of cash in the crashed car. She decides to take the money but, fa ...more
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy this author. Hillary is a divorced, single mom. She has a son who has Aspergers.
She also has a deadbeat ex. So when she loses her job due to down sizing, she is desparate. Where will she get the $50,000 a year needed for her son's school, not to mention paying her other bills. One night, she is following a car that swerves to miss a deer, and goes off the road. Hillary stops to help, only to find the driver dead. She notices an open satchel, spilling bundles of money on the floor.
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
Your life is in a financial toilet. On the drive over to hit up your ex for some financial help you witness a car accident. Stopping to help you find the driver dead, and a satchel full of cash in the car. So, what do you do? Great premise for a story that keeps the tension wound up pretty tight right to the very end. And another great thing about this book is that it is a stand alone. Seems as if everyone is writing a series these days and has forgotten that a book can be just that, a book. Wit ...more
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all I need to give a BIG thank you to James Patterson for all the books that he has co-authored because without that I never would have found out about Andrew Gross. The books that Andrew Gross was the co-author with Mr. Patterson were so much better because he was involved in writing them. Everytime a new Andrew Gross novel comes out I can't wait to get my hands on it. I have now read everything that he has written and each book is better than the last. He has obviously been a great st ...more
Kelly Hager
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is ridiculously fun. It grabbed me immediately and while I could tell that Hilary was making a huge mistake, I also completely empathized. I think that most people would be incredibly tempted to take half a million dollars if they knew that nobody else was aware of its existence.

Unfortunately---as Hilary learned and as was the case in Marcus Sakey's Good People---someone else WAS aware of the money...and that person is someone you really, REALLY do not want after you.

This was my first
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I very much agree with Cindy's opinion of this book and wish I'd read it before I started the book. I also found the main character whiny, entitled and annoying. She was in desperate financial straits but somehow it didn't occur to her to try to sell her almost four carat diamond ring from her ex-husband? Nor had she given up her pedicures yet? Good grief. I also was unhappy about the ending.
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: andrew-gross
Your driving along and you see a car avoid a deer and crash into a tree down in a forest. You go to help and find him dead and 500 G's in a black case lying on the floor and think.Who's going to know??That's when all the action and fun began..One of best efforts by Andrew Gross to date.Good believable shady characters,with a mix of great action that will have you Turing pages to see what's going to happen next..Great book to take on a long trip...
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am a big Andy Gross fan! Read his books as soon as they come out and then I have to wait an entire year for the next one. I especially enjoyed this book because it took place in Staten Island and I knew all the places he mentioned and also a chapter that took place in the neighborhood in the Bronx where I grew up so there were a lot of identifying factors. Great storyline! As always, great job Andrew Gross!
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