A Pretty Woman tale turns toxic and deadly in this provocative and riveting thriller of sex, obsession, and murder from Robyn Harding, the “master of domestic suspense” (Kathleen Barber) and the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Party and Her Pretty Face.
Natalie, a young art student in New York City, is struggling to pay her bills when a friend makes a suggestion: Why not go online and find a sugar daddy—a wealthy, older man who will pay her for dates, and even give her a monthly allowance? Lots of girls do it, Nat learns. All that’s required is to look pretty and hang on his every word. Sexual favors are optional.
Though more than thirty years her senior, Gabe, a handsome corporate finance attorney, seems like the perfect candidate, and within a month, they are madly in love. At least, Nat is…Gabe already has a family, whom he has no intention of leaving.
So when he abruptly ends things, Nat can’t let go. She begins drinking heavily and stalking him: watching him at work, spying on his wife, even befriending his daughter, who is not much younger than she is. But Gabe’s not about to let his sugar baby destroy his perfect life. What was supposed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement devolves into a nightmare of deception, obsession, and, when a body is found near Gabe’s posh Upper East Side apartment, murder.
Emotionally powerful and packed with page-turning suspense, The Arrangement delves into the sordid, all-too-real world of shadowy relationships between wealthy, powerful men and the young women who are caught in their web.
Robyn Harding’s novels include The Party, Her Pretty Face, and The Arrangement, and she has written and executive produced an independent film. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and two children.
“An insider's look into the world of sugar daddies . . . full of shocking revelations, volatile characters, and vice. Look out: THE ARRANGEMENT will blow your mind.”
– Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl
"A nightmarish deep dive into the underbelly of a secret world. Rivetingly dark, THE ARRANGEMENT delivers on every level - a shocking premise, a forbidden obsession, and a plot that builds slowly and masterfully escalates to a chilling end. Prepare to be blindsided."
– Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Not a Sound
"The most compelling, gripping, and entertaining book I’ve read in a long time. Nobody writes about young people and their obsessions as authentically as Robyn. The Arrangement is her best yet. I absolutely loved this book."
– Liz Nugent, author of LYING IN WAIT
“Pretty Woman meets Fatal Attraction, with a twist . . . or three. A riveting look into the world of sugar dating, Robyn Harding’s The Arrangement is deliciously seductive from start to finish. Hang on for the ride, because this tantalizing thriller will knock you sideways.”
– Jennifer Hillier, author of JAR OF HEARTS
"A potboiler that will appeal to readers who enjoy twisty thrillers and are looking for a bit of a soap opera."
"Welcome to the sugar bowl. . . . The world of sugar babies and their daddies is fascinating."
– Kirkus Reviews
"Pretty Woman’s creepy counterpart. . . . Throw a little murder in there, and you have yourself a page-turner."
– 29 Secrets
“No list of thrillers is complete without Robyn Harding. If you liked The Party and Her Pretty Face, you’ll devour The Arrangement, a must-read novel.”