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Reviewed by Michael McManus for Readers' Favorite
Audra Tanner thinks she is going to be made an equity partner in one of Arizona’s leading accounting firms, Winscott & Associates. Olin Kemper, the firm's CEO, personally goes through the process of making her a partner, but in a private evening meeting he brutally beats and rapes her, causing her to lose her unborn child. In the aftermath of the violence, which was compounded by her knowledge that other partners must have heard her cries of pain, and should have come to her aid, she decides not to report the incident to the police. She carefully stores the evidence and waits for the right time to exact her revenge. When the firm’s managing partner, her attacker, is caught up in a scandal that exposes the firm to prosecution by the SEC, Audra sees her chance to bring these powerful people down and hold them accountable for the evil they have done, to her and many others.
Ashley Fountainne skillfully introduces us to each of the partners in the firm, painting a sad picture of self-indulgence, debauchery, greed, and amoral egotism. By the time she is finished presenting their bios, we know these characters and utterly despise them. In other words, Ms. Fountainne does her job well. As an audience, we want to see these deplorable individuals punished in the worst way. I would recommend this book to anyone who thinks accounting is boring and anyone who likes a quick read that leaves a little bit to the imagination. It turns out that revenge may not be a one-way street after all.