What She Knew will be enjoyed by those who appreciate romantic drama, or stories in which women break through professional ceilings and characters who get the chance to do something different with their lives. Those who see their own life’s course and choices reflected in What She Knew may find this a poignant, personal read.
The conflicting emotions of despising the Wall Street snob and hoping that things work out for her makes for entertaining reading. And the reader hopes Liz will see the light. It gives hope that no matter what, people can change their ways if they really want to. This accomplishment is a feat for the author. Liz is flawed, but not so flawed she can’t change.
Award-winning author Nadine Feldman brings to life an uncomfortable portion of recent U.S. history in her latest novel. Using Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme as a springboard, Feldman's third person narrative centers on Liz, a woman whose confidence and career are shaken by the rude realization that she has been hoodwinked. Feldman tactfully weaves in factual information associated with Madoff's arrest and prison sentence, while delving into Liz's background and love life. Key to Feldman's plot is the tension set between Liz and Aunt Eddie and her aunt's past, which is shrouded in mystery. Feldman's tight and well-established cast covers a wide range of personas. Although there are distinctly good and bad classifications, many of her characters are a mix of both, which creates a hefty handful of red herrings. Feldman keeps her plot alive and fluid by combining the above-mentioned literary tools with un-clichÃ©d character scenes. What She Knew is a wonderful balance of a human-interest tale, romance, and historyâall wrapped up in a riveting thriller.
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