REVIEW: Never Say Sorry by Rose Edmunds

AccountingWEB member Rob Brown provides his review of the book Never Say Sorry by Rose Edmunds.

Firstly, I must say that this is an intriguing and compelling story with a beautiful concentration on a very relevant subject matter. However it seems to be based around some very stereotypical examples of the world of high finance and the accountancy world in general. 

The mode of finding out an indiscretion in someone else’s work with the potential of exploiting that has been done and dusted in several recent works (Dan Brown, John Gresham) and the demeaning of high flying individuals,  who have  a double life of normal humanity versus a professional reality does nothing  to extol the virtues of the  professional practices.

In my amateur opinion, I think a book with this kind of candour and extreme matter should explore more the internal virtues of the people involved.

As an FCCA I can see the personal conflicts that arise in this but the story seems to lead to something outside the professional ethics and more to a personal drive. Where do you draw the line? It’s a good conflict argument which should have been played on more.

As an uneducated writer, but an avid reader of thrillers, I would say that the audience you are appealing to wants to play around with facts and speculation and not characters with quiffs and six-packs.

Rich people and high fliers were Jackie Collins. You seem to have a gift for filling a scene and creating it but please don’t chuck every stereotyped Dallas character into it.

Look to people you know and love or hate or pretend to be. Do either but people relate to real people with all their inherent faults. We all see it and in fact possibly relate to it because we all lie and pretend we’re not it.

For me there was too much character analysis and not enough character mystery - we knew what they were about from the start. I would have liked a ‘sting’ in the middle with one or more characters evolving, a bit like Stephen Donaldson or James Herbert, maybe John Gresham again.

I do thank you for the chance to read your book and my comments, may be, are not totally as you would have wanted, I trust you will appreciate that they are from an uninformed non-expert. But, I couldn’t have tried to apply myself to such a prominent and relevant subject the way that you have. Congratulations on a formidable read.

Wish I had the wherewithal to have a go at doing this myself.

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