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Everything to Lose: A Novel

Everything to Lose: A Novel

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by Andrew Gross

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A determined mother becomes entangled in a murderous conspiracy to keep a twenty-year-old secret buried in this blistering thriller, set during the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, from Andrew Gross, the New York Times bestselling author of 15 Seconds and No Way Back

While driving along a suburban back road, Hilary Cantor, who's just


A determined mother becomes entangled in a murderous conspiracy to keep a twenty-year-old secret buried in this blistering thriller, set during the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, from Andrew Gross, the New York Times bestselling author of 15 Seconds and No Way Back

While driving along a suburban back road, Hilary Cantor, who's just lost her job and whose deadbeat husband has left her to care for her son who has Asperger's, witnesses a freakish accident when a deer suddenly darts in front of the car ahead of her. The driver careens down a hill and slams into a tree. Rushing to help, she discovers the car smoking, the driver dead—and a satchel on the floor stuffed with a half million dollars.

That money could prevent her family's ruin and keep her son in school. In an instant, this honest, achieving woman who has always done the responsible thing makes a decision that puts her in the center of a maelstrom of unforeseeable consequences and life-threatening recriminations. It isn't long before someone comes looking for the money, and as they get closer and closer to Hilary, she is pulled into a terrifying scheme involving a twenty-year-old murder, an old woman whose entire life has been washed out to sea by the storm, and a powerful figure determined to maintain the secret that can destroy him.

With everything to lose and putting everything she loves at risk, Hilary joins up with a dogged police official from Staten Island who has his own connections to the money and is dealing with his family's tragic struggles in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Together they must fight to bring down an enemy who will stop at nothing to keep buried what that money was meant to silence.

Everything to Lose is a propulsive thriller filled with tension and unexpected twists. Pitting an ordinary woman against powerful and desperate figures, this explosive and heartbreaking tale of suspense will appeal to readers of Harlan Coben, Lee Child, and David Baldacci.

Editorial Reviews

RT Book Reviews
“The reader will develop an emotional attachment to the heroine and hope she finds a way to save herself…very clever.”
“[T]he characters... are beautifully, acutely, and sympathetically drawn.... [Gross is] a terrific story-teller and an astute observer of the best and worst of human nature. And those qualities are brilliantly illuminated in Everything to Lose.”
Hearst Connecticut Media
“Sets a new high bar for this master of the high octane thriller.”
“A fast read with twists, crime, history and motion.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch
“[A] one-sitting, nail-biting chronicle of how one bad decision can lead to destruction.”
Military Press
“A First class book that the reader will not want to put down.”
“A realistically creepy plot that delivers myriad logical and exciting twists.”
“Loved every word of the book as I tore through in one sitting… Enjoy this wild ride.”
San Angelo Standard Times
“A realistically creepy plot that delivers myriad logical and exciting twists.”
Suspense Magazine
“A first class read.”
Publishers Weekly
Down-on-her-luck 36-year-old Hilary Blum, the heroine of this enjoyable thriller from bestseller Gross (No Way Back), has run out of options. She's lost her job at a small marketing firm, is overwhelmed with debt, and is getting no financial help from her deadbeat ex-husband, the father of her seven-year-old autistic son, Brandon. Everything changes when, on a backcountry road between Westchester County, N.Y., and Greenwich, Conn., she sees the car ahead of her swerve to avoid a deer and roll down a steep embankment. Hilary stops her car and rushes down the slope. In the wreck she finds not only the male driver dead but also a leather satchel containing $500,000 in neat bundles of crisp one-hundred-dollar bills. In a moment of sheer desperation—and against her better judgment—Hilary swipes the cash. After beginning to pay off her debts and getting her life back on track, she discovers that this money didn't belong to the dead man himself, a Metropolitan Transit Authority worker, but rather a murderous third party who will stop at nothing to retrieve what Hilary has taken. Fearing for the safety of herself and Brandon, Hilary races against the clock to uncover the source of the illicit bounty. Readers will cheer her every step of the way heart-stopping climax. Agent: Simon Lipskar, Writers House. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
Best-selling author Gross' (No Way Back, 2013, etc.) latest is a hard-driving caper that chronicles the trials of a suburban divorcée seduced by temptation. Joseph Kelty had $500,000 in his car, but he was texting while driving; he lost control, crashed and died. First at the scene is Hilary Cantor, recently downsized, with a crippling mortgage and an ex-husband behind on alimony and child support. Her son, Brandon—"This is what God gave me to protect, to keep safe"—has Asperger's syndrome, and he attends a specialized school with break-the-bank tuition. Gross does yeoman work in setup, circumstance and motivation—Kelty was a retired transit worker with a pristine past and Hilary is all wavering conscience, focused on need rather than consequences. Hilary throws the money into the woods and later returns to the scene to recover it—but that $500,000 is dirty money, and there are bad guys who will kill to get it. First to die is an innocent pharmacist who was a witness to the crash. Hilary and Brandon are targeted next. The tense, fast-moving narrative takes in Superstorm Sandy, Ukrainian mobsters, a knee-capping political fixer and a psychopathic thrill-killer. Hilary traces the money to storm-ravaged Staten Island and seeks help from Kelty's police-officer son, Patrick, thinking "[m]aybe I just wanted a partner in this"—but Patrick's caught in his own financial trap. Hilary and Patrick are well-defined, sympathetic characters, and assorted bad guys are thoroughly believable. Gross sustains momentum while flipping back and forth in time and point of view. Segments following the psychopath are confusing, however, and then indeterminate; only late in the book do they weave into the main narrative. The conclusion is unsentimental though not quite satisfying. A tightly wound, realistic thriller.

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Meet the Author

Andrew Gross is the author of the New York Times and international bestsellers Everything to Lose, No Way Back, 15 Seconds, Eyes Wide Open, Reckless, Don't Look Back, The Dark Tide, and The Blue Zone. He is also coauthor of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages.

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Everything to Lose: A Novel 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
Hilary Cantor is a desperate woman. Her ex-husband is a deadbeat dad who had left her with a huge mortgage and their special needs son, who needs expensive schooling. On top of that Hilary loses her job and doesn't know how she will get out of her mounting debt. Driving home after getting nowhere with her ex, she happens on an opportunity and takes it. A man has crashed his car and when Hillary goes to his aid, she realizes he is already dead but next to him is a satchel that can make all of Hilary's financial woes go away. As in most of Mr. Gross's books the main character usually makes a bad choice that sets a roller coaster of bad events in motion. This story is no different. Instead of ignoring the satchel, Hilary's choice will put her and her son in danger as well as other people she doesn't know. Along the way she will befriend Patrick Kelty, who has his own demons to contend with. Patrick will need to help Hilary and her son as well as stave off his own problems. This is a thriller that runs at a nice pace and never gets so fast that you need to catch your breath. The story also shows you how good people can be driven to do wrong things out of desperation to protect their families. The author also shows how even more than a year later, those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy are still feeling its effects. This is not the author's best books but it is a well written and fairly good thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok. This particular book missed the mark. I always liked reading Andrew Gross' books but everything moved in slow motion for me and I think the two plots intertwining didn't help the story. Also, some of the plot lines seemed a little far fetched to me. As far as the ending goes let's just say I was disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read almost all of Andrew Gross' books and liked them. This one was definitely below his usual standard. I'm glad I borrowed the book rather than buying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always looked forward to reading this authors books, but this one was a disappointment. He made this woman to be rather stupid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all his other books and loved them. Until this one,that is. Don't wast your money. Not up to his good srds. You see almost everything coming miles away and the things you don't see coming should not have happened. And I won't even talk about unpleasent endings! Let me just say this book was a huge letdown!
colo48 More than 1 year ago
I have read several of Andrew Gross' books. This one had interesting plot, suspense, and mystery. However, the narrator (Hilary) seemed very unemotional and detached. The main focus of her troubled son and Gross leaves his future in jeopardy as a possible psychopath. Not very uplifting. Agree with others that the ending was a downer, and unsatisfying. I realize Gross was aiming for everyone who had knowledge of Sen. Landry (totally different novel here), died. Even the friend Robin. Unsatisfying ending .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I as hooked from the beginning and could hardly wait to see what was happening between reads. The end was a little disappointing but it doesn't take anything away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would have given it a 4 star until I got to the ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not his best work. Could see the ending very early
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I so thoroughly enjoy Andrew Gross' books! Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes. U dont remember?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read!
guacamoleNYC More than 1 year ago
I got this because Lee Child recommended it in the reviews. So far it's really interesting, and the protagonist is female. Yay.
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Dawnna_Hale62 More than 1 year ago
Completely hooked after the first page! "Everything to Lose," is INTENSE! The beginning of the book starts with a young couple who are getting ready to experience a change in their relationship, but a surprise happens. The story then begins to evolve into the life of Hilary Cantor. Author Andrew Gross, takes you into each scene and you become one with Hilary who has a son, Brandon, with Asperger's. She's in debt and her ex husband is not helping out. She witnesses a car accident in which the driver dies. She finds a satchel full of money. Hilary is then faced with the biggest moral dilemma of her life...She has no one to count on to help pay for Brandon's special needs school, she has issues at work, she can't pay her bills...Will anyone miss this money? She makes a hard decision and this decision leads her into a world of terrifying consequences. Hilary meets Patrick who is a police official and has his own connections with the money. Patrick is trying to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Hilary and Patrick form a bond as they are forced to try to outwit some very dangerous people. You are pulled into the action and as always, the author delivers some unexpected surprises that will simply take your breath away. I found the ending to be emotional and eloquent with all the loose strings tied up perfectly. You will love this book and ponder over it. My pick for the summer! Enjoy!
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You won't be sorry usual he out did himself!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked how he portrayed the hot homosexual sex scenes. It got me to divorce my wife. Thank you mr. Gross!