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Book Review

Falling off the Fast Track

By Gail Hewitt

Published by ArbeitenZeit Media

ISBN Kindle Edition 978-0-9882712-0-3

ISBN Trade Paperback Edition 978-0-9882712-2-7

I received this book as a free copy through Library Thing. Falling off the Fast Track is a diverting and salutary read about corporate skulduggery set in New York and other parts of North America.

Samantha Susan Hudnutt likes men and men like her but experience has fortified an early cynicism about their motives in relationships.

Recently released from a high powered, well-paid corporate position and ruined expectations of a continuing future with the company, Sam struggles to subsist on the erratic freelancing consultancies she is able to attract. Her life revolves around a nuisance and needy male friend, constant resort to her email inbox in the hope of work offers, her iPad, trusty Kindle, her spartan loft accommodation, and Patricia, a wealthy friend and sometime confidante.

Although suspicious about an urgent call from her previous corporate boss to undertake a covert consultancy, her dire financial position and a genuine interest in the project entices her to accept. Determined to protect her interests she negotiates a solid contract that she believes covers all bases. Her in-house experience stands her in good stead but she soon realises that nothing much has changed in the organisation as she hurtles through the roller-coaster experience of an off-and-on project, unwelcome contact with a previous competitor and secretive support from a trusted mentor.

Between phases of the project she undertakes different consultancies and is disappointed to find that her happy detour into the refreshing arena of fashion and advertising has a downside. Amongst various disappointments Sam has some fascinating and positive work experiences, is blind-sided by a personal proposition and becomes irritated at a developing liking for an erstwhile colleague.

The story takes readers on an entertaining romp through troublesome insights and the common experiences of both women and men in high-end business environments, and the suspicions and competition for recognition that prevent people getting to know about the real values and philosophies of their colleagues.

This is a well-written story with humour and twists, reference to recent real incidents, and a satisfying outcome with all getting their just deserts. It will appeal to those who know similar work environments, those who guess what they are like and those who are thinking of taking a step in that direction. I certainly intend to read other books by this author.

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