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Concealment

(Crazy Amy #1)

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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  409 ratings  ·  60 reviews
“A breathless, blistering psychological thriller guaranteed to hold you captive...” (Bestthrillers.com)

City girl Amy seems to have it all—the high-flying job, the designer wardrobe, a beautiful home. But beneath the successful façade, Amy has secrets she’d rather her bully-boy boss Ed didn’t discover—like her troubled past and the little voice she hears in her head…
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Paperback, 340 pages
Published March 23rd 2015 by Rose Edmunds
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Heather Burnside
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent novel for so many reasons. As a thriller alone it would get my vote - the writing is flawless with a cleverly constructed plot and great characterisation. However, this novel has an added dimension as it explores the insecurities that people hide behind while presenting a bold façade. The protagonist's decent into mental breakdown is well portrayed as is the insight into the effects of hoarding. The decision to write this book in first person was a wise choice because it add ...more
Terry Tyler
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 out of 5 stars

When I was about 20% of the way through this novel I described it to someone else as 'immaculate', which is an odd way to describe a book, but it seemed fitting, and still does. Concealment is flawlessly presented, so well structured, formatted and edited; not so much as a spare half sentence, anywhere. As someone who hates wading through waffle, I so appreciated that.

Now, I have no knowledge of or interest in high finance, so please note my high star rating and understand that
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Ray Green
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a thoroughly engaging thriller set in the world of big business and finance. It centres around the proposed acquisition of a large company in the construction business by another, even larger, FTSE-listed company. All seems to be going well, until the tax authorities, suspecting some irregularity in the target company’s tax position propose an investigation. The company rolls over (too easily) and concedes. It later emerges that, in fact, their tax position was sound, so why didn’t they ...more
Joel Hames
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the first paragraph you know you’re in for something a little different.

Amy is a remarkable and unusual character, with some remarkable flaws which make for a particularly intriguing narrative. You’re never quite sure who’s telling the truth – friends, acquaintances, colleagues, even the narrator herself, nobody is above suspicion. There’s a tendency in this genre for the technical to dominate, but here it blends perfectly with the thrills to give an exciting, well-paced read, a book you c
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Scatterbooker
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, thriller, mystery
‘Concealment’ is brilliant thriller set in the cut-throat world of high finance. Now I can often find tax and finance to be fairly dull subjects but even though there was quite a bit of talk about taxes and such those parts were done in a way that I wasn’t even tempted to nod off at all. Definitely a sign of top quality writing and an interesting story line!

There are so many twists and turns throughout the course of the novel that I don’t want to get into too much detail of the plot. The lead ch
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Susan
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this gripping book in two sittings. It’s that kind of read. So if corporate fraud is your thing, you’ll love this story. If it’s not, you’ll certainly learn a lot about it through this well written book.
Amy’s vulnerabilities, even though she rakes in a cool half a mil each year, mean you simply can’t help but like her, while disliking the sleazy Ed as much as she does.
Amy chooses to keep a young colleague’s secret hoping he is keeping hers.
But by doing this is she breaking the law? Is it
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Jack Page
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of Edmunds “Crazy Amy Series.” Meet Amy Robinson, a senior finance executive that is brilliant and emotionally unstable at the same time. Her life is perfect, that is until a colleague is murdered. Amy’s suspicion: It was her bullying boss. And Amy fears for herself too. Thus, she turns amateur sleuth and investigates on her own, only to discover a trove of uncomfortable truths. About herself, her company, and the business world as such.

Concealement is definitively not digestib
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Crystal
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There were some issues I had in reading this, not being from Europe or understanding some of the terms familiar to that area. For a large part of the first half of the book I had to skim past the terms I didn't understand and had never heard of before. Other than the language, I felt this was a very good book. It was well-written and followed the rules of good writing in that anything that can go wrong to the main character should and did go wrong. It was intriguing on different levels. I was pa ...more
Georgia Rose
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Concealment is a thriller based in the financial world of a large accounting firm called Pearson Malone and is written in the first person. Amy Robinson is a partner in this firm and right from the start of this story she believes she is living a lie due to the upbringing she endured in her childhood home life, the knock on effects of which are coming out now that she is under a lot of stress.

At the beginning this setting reminded me of my time working in an office and the politics that are the
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Pauline J
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read!!

This book really points just how individuals can stick together to hide the corruption going on in any corporation. Very suspenseful and intriguing friends m start to finish!!!
Cynthia Harrison
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it

This terrific thriller features reluctant sleuth Amy, a corporate hot shot who slowly starts to fall apart when a colleague is murdered. Amy suspects her new boss is a ruthless killer. She has no proof, just suspicions built slowly over time. He fires her best friend and protégé and questions Amy’s every move, slyly stabbing her in the back at any opportunity. He even takes pains to set her up to look foolish in front of company bigwigs and co-workers.

Amy’s too intelligent to go down without a
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N.A. Granger
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Concealment is quite a twisted mystery and unique in that it takes place in the arena of big business and finance. Amy, an executive in the company overseeing the financial aspects of a merger of a construction company with another, larger company, has risen through the ranks by dint of ambition and hard work. Another less determined person might not have achieved her position, given the fact she is the daughter of a pathological hoarder who made Amy’s childhood miserable and who is currently br ...more
Judith Barrow
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
There are two genres that I really enjoy; family sagas and crime thrillers. Rose Edmund’s Concealment belongs to the latter and fulfilled all my expectations.
Initially it was a bit of a slow burner for me but this was probably a lack of insight to the intrigues of corporate finance and shenanigans (I must admit at soon as the word ‘tax’ came on the page I shivered, having once worked in HMRC and hated it)
I don’t normally include spoilers in my reviews and won’t do here. I’ll just concentrate on
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Elizabeth Lloyd
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In “Concealment” we meet high flying achiever, Amy Robinson, Head of the Entrepreneurs’ Tax Advising Group in a large finance company. But “nothing is but what is not.” Amy hides a secret from her youth and she is determined to appear normal, despite the voice in her head.

If that were not enough, Amy has to refuse bonuses and deny promotions at the bid of her boss Ed Smithers, earning the enmity of staff in her department. Next day, after an unpleasant experience with Ryan Kelly, her ex brother-
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Izrael
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I got in contact with the author, Rose Edmunds, and I was given the book in exchange of an honest review.

Amy was a woman that carried herself with posh and professionalism. She was a high-achiever and always seemed to prioritize her work. This attitude of hers was a persona that she created to protect herself. ‘Young Amy’ was her intuition that guided her from the beginning as it helped her with making tough decisions. The story seemed to get intriguing after the death of her young colleague. A
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Diana Febry
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having recently read this author's debut novel I was keen to download this book and my expectations were high. Initially I didn't warm to the central character Amy, I didn't understand the implications of the tax anomalies and I was worried the book was based within the world of finance (a world I know nothing about.) But by the time I was 10% of the way into the book I was hooked and from there on the read just got better and better. As my favourite genre I read a lot of crime thrillers both by ...more
John Selby
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I do not normally read thrillers and only read "Concealment" because I know the author. I expected at best to admire it as an example of the genre but not to be engaged by it. In fact, I was totally engrossed by it and read it straight through at a single sitting, a very rare occurrence for me. Why was this?

On one level, this is a conventional "whodunnit" - it's signalled early on that there is going to be a murder, a prime suspect is identified, some tantalising false leads are thrown in your w
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Helen Christmas
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This well written novel eloquently portrays the cut-throat world of a corporate finance company: work place bullying, belittlement designed to shred self esteems, egos competing with bigger egos... It is a story written from the heart and one woman’s struggle in an aggressive environment. The principal character is likeable and tough yet struggles with her inner demons. I like the way the author depicts her and you do really get inside her head. It is not just insecurities at work but the suspic ...more
Babus Ahmed
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This mystery suspense thriller is about a career woman who has a high pressured financial job in London who has had a turbulent childhood and is trying to deal with the contempt and bullying of her immediate boss. When one of her team disappears and is found murdered, she finds herself in a position where she needs to find out if a murder was committed in relation to anomalies in a client's records. To complicate matters her ex-brother-in-law freshly disappointed by missing out on a promotion, b ...more
Elizabeth
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amy is being manipulated from all sides, and nearly suffers a permanent breakdown. Fortunately, her background, painful as it was, has given her ample strength and resources to deal with lies and manipulation! Amy, like me, is an adult Child of a Hoarder.

We're trained to present a perfect persona to the world; to cover up our Hoarder Parent's dirt and secrets, and in the process we sometimes loose track of the manipulation and secrets foist upon us by others around us. This is Amy's dilemma - ca
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Jill King
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This fast paced thriller is set in the world of professional services and corporate finance. As someone whose worked in this environment I found the story and characters very believable. There are plenty of twists to the plot and a number of surprises some of which are at times trailed at the end of chapters. Amy, the protagonist, is on the face of it a highly successful, confident tax partner. But as the story unfolds the secret that she hides from everyone about her upbringing becomes clear, w ...more
Tina
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was a little bit different to my normal reads. This book is set in the financial world which is something I would normally stay away from. I had just started a different book when I decided to buy this but wanted to just read a few pages of this just to make sure that it was for me. Before I knew it I was 30% through the book and the one that I had started the previous day was temporarily abandoned. This book centres on Amy, a partner in a financial company called Pearson Malone. One o ...more
Julie Smith
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The blurb:

Amy is at the top of her game as a finance professional despite a traumatic childhood. But the higher she climbs, the greater her fear of falling.

Her new boss Ed sniffs out insecurity like a shark smelling blood. He’s trashed dozens of careers on a whim and has Amy lined up as his next victim.

When a young colleague is murdered, Amy’s fragile equilibrium is shattered. A client’s fraud may be linked to the killing, but no one seems to care.

Caught in a tangle of business and personal co
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Elizabeth Nelson
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book-- read it in one day because I was so invested in figuring out who did it, understanding the resolution for the main character, Amy! The inner and outer conflict in this book are equally strong, there's serious suspense related to both. It's really smartly written and the perspective of Amy is raw, honest, and real. I think my favorite part of this book was the window we get into Amy's thinking and feelings. All the characters are complex and interesting, but it's ...more
ScarlettOwl
I just couldn't finish this book ,the writing style seemed very chaotic and rushed, the POV was not understandable to me either. I guess it's a case of it me not you type of reading but I couldnt find any interest to continue , the synopsis made it seeem like a real thrilller but the Main character just went on and on about her pig of a boss and the hapless drones of people who follow him.
J Barkess
Jul 05, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Not for me ! !

My main criticism of this book is it it BORING, I ploughed through it in the hope that some inkling of a story might appear but was sadly disappointed and what on earth was the point of 'little amy'
Valerie
Amy is a part of the Blue Skies Brainstorming Group at Pearson Malone, whose focus is on tax law. This company is currently brokering a big sale for one of the firm's major clients. In the beginning of Concealment by Rose Edmunds, a lot of tax jargon was present. The explanations of certain tax law are relevant clues to the plot. I, unfortunately, realized early that this did not hold my attention. It was difficult for me to push my way through it to the action.

A member of Amy's advisory group
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Nalinie
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: online-book-club
Perception is reality.

Amy Robinson has adapted to this saying since she was a little girl. Even now, as a partner at Pearson Malone, Amy presents herself as a posh professional. With a successful career in finance, a beautiful home and designer clothes, Amy appears to have it all.

Behind this facade, however, Amy harbors a secret from the world. Not even her ex-husband Greg or her best friend Lisa Carter knows what this secret is.

When Isabelle Edwards, a co-worker, is murdered Amy's carefully co
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Karen Kasson
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The author did an outstanding job in building the paranoia in Amy's mind as she comes to believe everyone around her is out to get her. They all seem to be involved in the fraud and covering up for each other. Throughout the novel, it is difficult to decide if she is going crazy or if there is indeed a murderous conspiracy going on.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars because I found it very slow going and drawn out. For being a high-level partner in a prestigious firm, I was disappointed that Amy
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Tim Terry
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Corporate mystery and intrigue in the Crazy Amy Series.

This is a pleasantly different kind of mystery and thriller which takes place in the corporate world of London and involves a plot with plenty of intricate subtleties and unexpected convolutions to its diabolical structure. The atmosphere is strongly reminiscent of the glamourous office suites and ostentatious buildings of the financial industry, but there is a lurking menace which Amy has to unravel while she also battles her own demon and
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For more than 20 years, Rose Edmunds almost passed as normal, working undercover in in several well-known financial firms in London while quietly gathering material for her novels.

Since jumping off the corporate hamster wheel Rose now writes thrillers with a strong ethical theme. Her writing draws heavily on her considerable insight into business world and in particular the uncomfortable conflict
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