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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Crude Ambition is a work of fiction in the thriller and suspense subgenres. It is suitable for the adult reading audience and was penned by author Patricia Hunt Holmes. In the aftermath of a party, a woman is found injured and unconscious and taken to the hospital by the only other woman there, but she vanishes overnight. When everyone involved agrees to hush up the incident for the sake of their careers, that seems like the end of it until ten years later when the wounded woman reappears with a view to using her new position of power to seek vengeance on the people who hurt her.
This is certainly a timely novel that explores the dark web of personal corruption that sees people turn a blind eye to what is right out of a selfish sense of self-preservation. Author Patricia Hunt Holmes has developed a savage critique of the patriarchal culture that sees innocent women, like her lead characters, attacked and then ignored, and her scorching prose is a perfect fit for this story of seeking justice and striking out at a system that has regarded you as disposable. Outside of the main plot, I’d like to highlight Crude Ambition’s gorgeous descriptive prose when it comes to the Texan backdrop. Balanced alongside the exciting web of dark intrigue being woven by the author, we have a wonderful love letter to the beauty of Texas which does an excellent job of grounding the story in the real world even further. A dynamic and powerful thriller, I'd highly recommend this book to all readers.