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Crashers: A Tale of Cappers and Hammers

by Lindy S. Hudis

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Okay, so I have to be really honest when it comes to this book. It made me angry. I probably better clarify before people reading this think it is a bad book and decide to not read it. It made me angry in a GOOD way. I love books that make me react, that make me feel something. Because if an author can invoke that kind of emotion from me, then I know they are definitely worth checking out.

When the book starts out, its two main characters, Shari and Nathan, seem to have it all. Or at least they hope to have it all in the very near future. Nathan is up for a big promotion, and if that happens, which to Nathan seems a distinct reality, all their troubles will just go away. They won't want for anything. Nathan has their lives all planned out: proposal, house, kids, etc. The whole she-bang. The only problem is that his dream, their dream, suddenly poofs out of existence with just a few clacks on a keyboard. Yeah. Nathan is stabbed in the back by one of his co-workers and suddenly finds himself out of a job. Even worse, he cannot even get a job at another company because his license is revoked. Sucks, huh? The couple's situation gets even more dire when Shari loses her own job. But a fender-bender on the day she is fired could very well be their only salvation.

A lawsuit turns into a single idea which pretty much turns into a sudden job offer, and suddenly Shari and Nathan are thrust, willingly on her part and not so much on his, into a world of easy money...or so they think.

But this story is not just about Shari and Nathan's rise from the ashes, and the threat of falling again hanging in the background, it also tells the story of a cop searching for the head of this whole escapade. She knows about the world Shari and Nathan have suddenly got themselves into, and she's bound and determined to catch all involved, even if it means putting her life in danger to do it.

This is a heart-pounding read. We get to see what people who have nothing to lose will do just to survive in a dog-eat-dog world. We get to see every single point of view. From Shari, to Nathan, to the man who recruits them, to the Big Kahuna who started it all, to the cop getting closer and closer. Every single chapter connects the characters together and gives the book a completeness to it. And while it may not be perfect, yeah there were some grammar issues, it was still an exciting story that just made me not want to put it down. ( )
  westkayla1221 | Aug 29, 2014 |
Crashers, an intense page turner that you will not want to put down. Nail biting to the very end. Thrilling, exciting, heart pounding. All of these barely touch the surface of what Lindy S. Hudis delivers on a shiny, blue car hood. That's right, car hood.


Everyone dreams of being rich as we go to and from our mundane jobs and lead our boring lives. Nothing could be truer for Shari and Nathan when due to unforeseeable events they find themselves unemployed and neck high in debt. Too make matters worse Shari rear ends a very snooty woman, though it wasn't her fault the law states otherwise.


You see, in California, if you rear end someone it is automatically your fault. Even if a small child or animal ran out in front of the car you hit and they slam their brakes to avoid hitting it. It's even your fault if the whole accident was staged in order to commit insurance fraud.


So when the opportunity presents itself in the form of a smoking hot, handsome stranger (Bryce) who just happens to be seeking new “crashers” Shari all but jumps on the chance to get back on top. Nathan is a bit more reluctant, but he timidly goes along with his fiance's plan to jump into the driver's seat. After all he had promised her the world, but lately all he had become was a failure, and he didn't trust Bryce alone with his woman.


Crashers really brings a lot to the table, and it makes you think. If you were in their shoes, would you knowingly risk your life, break the law, and collect a huge sum of money? Could you commit murder, or irreversible harm if the cops and insurance investigators get to close? Would you take out someone you spent endless hours training just because they messed up a little, not too much, just a tad?


I literally read this cover to cover in four hours. I only took a break to cook meals. It sucked me in, disrupted my life (I was supposed to clean today, and do a ton of other things).

I thoroughly enjoyed the multiple points of view. This is how I prefer my stories that are suspense driven as it really adds this extra layer. You know what each hand is doing, but you also realize that the other party doesn't. It was also enjoyable that the Big Kahuna wasn't really revealed until the end, and it was a huge surprise. I was honestly thinking it would be someone else...It's difficult to get one over on me with a mystery like that. I'm the kind of girl who can usually pin point the bad guy within moments of them being introduced.


The characters were well-developed. I could feel what they felt, sense how they felt about others. There is a bit of a surprise with the development too, but I don't want to give too much away. All in all though I found myself really liking bad guy Bryce, and our intelligent police detective as she outsmart them all. I hope she finds some love. But really these characters bleed emotion that feels real, just like we would talk in real life. Dialogue is a toughy, especially when you try to convey that sense of fear, anguish, or even thrill.


Overall I recommend Crashers to all the thrill seeking, suspense loving, mystery lovers. Of course due to language this is best read by an adult audience. Even if you don't care for foul language, it is used tastefully, heat of the moment type thing. It brings reality to the world of insurance fraud. ( )
  AuthorRaeZRyans | May 24, 2014 |
Let me start off by saying, I finished this book several months ago, before I started publishing reviews on my blog. I felt like it deserved a proper review.

Crashers tells the fast paced often exhilarating story between Nathan and Shari, a couple who suddenly finds themselves down on their luck, and the men responsible for staging numerous car accidents. Shari, overtaken with the need to make ends meet and the sweet sound of the "good" life ahead, agrees to be a part of the cap and hammer scheme. It's a revealing story of what desperation and greed can do to a person.

The cover captured my attention right off the hop, as well as the blurb on the back of the book. The couples' struggles, their desperation, their "do-good" attitudes, all these things made me feel for the characters. I really got into the storyline, and wanted to know what happened next. I had to pry myself away from it. The ending was definitely not what I expected. I love that! I appreciate a book that can surprise you, even when you think you know what's going to happen. I could see this being turned into a movie. It is one that I will be watching for.

I enjoyed this novel a lot. Lindy has done a great job combining action, crime and love. I understood Shari and Nathans' reasoning behind jumping into such a dangerous scam, but at the same time I wanted to jump into the pages and tell them to just say NO! I read through it in a short time period because of how easy it was to get caught up in the action.

I didn't much care for Bryce's character. He was well-written, don't get me wrong, but if I were to see or talk to him on the streets, there would have been so many scumbag flags flying. He seemed very full of himself right from the start. i definitely would not have gotten into any sort of agreement with him. I guess that's just how innocent Shari was. She seemed very easy to manipulate.

I would recommend this book to readers who like a quickly paced, action/crime combo. It's gotten lots of great reviews and was very eye opening. I rated this one a 5/5.

I got lucky and won a signed copy of the book from someone's blog (can't remember which one for the life of me) ( )
  oddball2003 | Jun 7, 2013 |
The story of Crashers is not just full of oxymoron but also packed with ironic twisting of fates. It has a good pacing and sequence that builds the tension of the reader. There isn’t much fillers and the story is very straight forward. It is like a modern day criticism of this mad dog-eat-dog world. The characters have their unique respective personalities which is very distinct to each other that you could always tell who’s who. Although it has a common plot having the superior of the protagonist as the swindler, its twists efficiently divert your attention to every scene which makes it unpredictable. It also is an eye opener in which you’ll realize all the madness in the world that makes people torn into the other side. But still, it has a balance moral of karma as tragedy and success as heroism. In spite of the tragedies that is being given to the characters, it tells a story of hope and not
giving up. ( )
  saleeplessgal | Oct 27, 2012 |
Once I started reading this book~I could not put it down. It keeps you wanting more,as you will be surprised and shocked when you read how many people are involved with the insurance fraud. It took you thru many twists and turns,and made you stop to think about driving. As-no matter where you live,there are people that make a living doing this. ( )
  Deb55106 | Oct 18, 2012 |
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I really enjoyed the plot of this book. It was one of those books that you just couldn't put down. It had a lot of curse words in it which is why I will not be able to finish the book and find out how it ends. :( That makes me sad, but the bad language was a giant turn off for me. If curse words don't bug ya...then I'd say read the book-it is a great story! I received this book via Moms with Voices Media all opinions are 100% mine.
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I am not a big fiction reader so the book is going to have to grab me from the beginning in order for me to stay engaged. I enjoyed this book. It was very action driven. I felt like the book was constantly moving. It was on a subject that really could effect anyone in real life, insurance fraud so I felt like I could somewhat relate also.

The characters had a ways to draw you in and I would start cheer for them or wanting them to do something different or with the main Character, I would try to justify why the "bad guy" made the choices they made. It was very well written to engage the reader.

It has made me think a lot about how the insurance industry works as well as the ways people get taken advantage of. For it to be a fiction book, it brings reality into the world of getting caught up in a book. I loved how it brought a problem to life that is happening but we learned about it through a story line.

The book was well written and packed full of action the only thing that I really didn't enjoy was the strong language but it didn't hinder the story line for me.
 
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