Final Demand

Final Demand

[a Novel]

Book - 2017
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"A chilling, impeccably plotted novel" (Cosmopolitan UK) by the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold HotelPraised as "extraordinarily skillful" by award-winning writer Anita Brookner, Deborah Moggach has written an extremely powerful novel about the beautiful, bright, and ambitious Natalie, who should be doing something with her life. But instead, she's stuck in a dead-end job and instead of improving her place in the world by her own efforts, takes advantage of the honesty of those around her, ultimately leaving them damaged and broken. Of course she denies responsibility, even when confronted with undeniable evidence that she is involved. So, when she sees a chance to change her life, she doesn't hesitate to take it, even if it's at the expense of someone else. After all, it's only a minor crime. Nobody's going to get hurt. But Natalie's actions actually do have unforeseen and tragic consequences, and the ultimate question is will she be capable to meet the final demand to own up to what she has done? Emotionally taut and beautifully written, Final Demand is a cautionary tale about the battle between greed and love, and our own frailty in the face of temptation.
Publisher: New York : Overlook Press, 2017
Edition: 1st U.S. hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781468310931
Branch Call Number: MOGGACH D
Characteristics: 224 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 10, 2018

An intriguing premise significantly marred by a messy narrative, with an implausible ending that (unfairly, in my view) leaves a major plot point unresolved. My 2 stars are in appreciation for the character arcs in the middle that tell the stories of the victims of Natalie's supposedly "victimless" crimes. In this section Deborah Moggach gives us fully realized contemporary characters, and some heartfelt moments, especially in the relationship between Natalie and her husband who is an innocent pawn in her crime scheme.
These qualities are sadly absent in the beginning section, where the judgemental tone of the narration seems to direct readers how we are supposed to feel about Natalie. And there are dated cliche's like a smitten young woman writing "Mrs. (boyfriend's name)" over and over. I finished the book with the impression of being fed a morality tale rather than a psychological novel. The plot is sufficiently interesting that it could make a successful tv miniseries, if Natalie became a more three-dimensional character.


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