Hank Mitchell thought he lived an ordinary, ordered life. But on one chilly afternoon, Hank, his brother Jacob, and Jacob's unsavory pal Lou, make a discovery that offers a chance for a life filled with riches beyond their wildest dreams. And in a fateful moment, Hank lays a plan to claim that life... and the horrific crumbling of his ordered world begins.
©2006 Scott Smith (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Who knew such a bargain could be such a great listen? This book is like a slow motion train wreck that you can't stop watching. You know pretty well what is going to happen but when it does, can't believe it!
This is a simple story kind of like the simple plan that this book reveals. The adage "nothing is as simple as it seems" applies here.
Great narration too!
Chilling tale you will not soon forget. Riveting story as you are helplessly drawn into the train wreck Hank creates of his life through one fateful decision after another.
You know that phrase, circling the drain? That’s the best way to describe this novel about greed and the lengths people will go to in the name of it. Recently I was involved in an inheritance process that involved more money than at first suspected. It brought out the worst in some family members so the actions and attitudes of the people in this novel seemed on the money to me. I was a bit surprised by the fluidity of criminal schemes that Hank and Sara came up with on the spur of the moment and also their lack of caution in some areas (keeping the money under the bed? with a newborn in the house???), but mostly the book hung together. It’s basically one bad decision after another with things getting worse and worse, scene by scene.
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There isn’t anyone to root for in this book, but there are degrees of dirt-baggery to be plumbed and not all the deaths are lamentable. Most are though and by the end I was hoping Hank would get caught. He and Sara deserved it. They don’t, but neither do they profit by their crimes and they seem pretty comfortable with them on the whole (all that self-serving justification must have gone down well). The FBI logged about 10% of the serial numbers and without knowing which bills are on the list, the whole pile is worthless. Sara tries everything in her power to hang onto it, right to the bitter end. In a way, I’m glad there wasn’t much denouement to the book since it would have meant spending more time with the two of them. I’m not sure the kid’s accident and subsequent near-vegetative state is effective as a sop to justice though. And I can’t imagine the law ignoring so many deaths in such a short time period, especially when there’s no GSR on Lou’s body. But other than those things, the story is good, compelling and reasonably believable if a sad testament to one of humanity’s least admirable traits.
Unbelievable plot! A Simple Plan? I don't think so. Riveting. Alfred Hitchcock worthy storyline. Highly recommend.
A little repetitive, more towards the beginning, but overall well written. It wasn't as exciting as I was hoping, which is strange given all the surprises throughout. Not sure I would recommend it
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