This is the sort of book you read with fascination and disgust, a good bit of the disgust reserved for yourself for reading it The author carried on a long term affair with Mr Madoff She reveals graphic details which are extreme and unnecessary One is amazed that her husband and son approved of the book, which is likely due to the fact that they lost all their money with the infamous Madoff Still, by writing such a lurid book, I m afraid she lost a lotthan money. I found the author to be just as disgusting as Bernie Madoff The two were made for each other Her need to include details about the size of Bernie s anatomy was off putting, vulgar and seemed motivated by revenge It was unnecessary I also didn t care for her attempts to make excuses for her infidelity Kettle meet pot. I read it to learnabout the impact of such a theft on people s lives I also read sort of The Bag Lady Papers for the same reason I didn t finish The Bag Lady Papers Both authors lost money after investing with Bernie Sanders Neither of them revealed how much, although this author said it was everything and reason to believe everything was substantial Not so clear in The Bag Lady Papers I don t doubt that both of them were severely hurt by Madoff s Ponzi scheme They both seeme I read it to learnabout the impact of such a theft on people s lives I also read sort of The Bag Lady Papers for the same reason I didn t finish The Bag Lady Papers Both authors lost money after investing with Bernie Sanders Neither of them revealed how much, although this author said it was everything and reason to believe everything was substantial Not so clear in The Bag Lady Papers I don t doubt that both of them were severely hurt by Madoff s Ponzi scheme They both seemed to be landing on their feet well enough and it isn t clear to me how, given how much it seems they lost What I did learn in this book that was interesting I ve sometimes wondered how people pull off affairs How does the first move get made and second and third I guess it s probably a lot like dating before being married, except for the BEING MARRIED and having to keep a secret part Keeping secrets is not easy and as best I understand, HAVING to keep a secret of any kind is often not good for the soul Now that I know how, I m not sure I m glad I m not all that pleased with having read the details of how to have an affair Not sure why It just doesn t feel that uplifting to know, I guess She also provided a picture of an incredibly powerful and successful man who 1 was sort of afraid of his wife, to whom he was very loyal, too well, wouldn t divorce At the end of the book, it was unclear whether he was loyal to her because he believes in being loyal as in not leaving, not as in no other sex obviously to his wife, or genuine affection, or because he couldn t afford to get a divorce that would require filing financial affidavits under Penality of Perjury know as the 236b form in New York regardless of whether both spouses agreed what to put on the form that was not accurate.2 may have done what he did in part because of toxic messages about masculinity, particularly physical masculinity, that he absorbed but did not have the physical ability to meet I don t know that that is part of why he did what he did, but I find it plausible that it at least contributed to it, and heartbreaking How so many people may have suffered because he may have been compensating at least partially he had other toxic messages from his family also for not being having what he could never be have.3 at the end, it was unclear how much he cared about the author Throughout most of the story he seemed to have genuine affection for her and yet he took her money, and her mother s money, and her child s money I suppose it would have been hard to explain why he didn t want her to invest with him.4 I have a bitvisceral understanding of someone who could pull off the biggest Ponzi scheme, for years It s still an enigma to me From this and other books, it s almost like he didn t care if he got caught he didn t even think about it much He was doing what he needed to do today I also learned a few interesting tidbits a glimpse of the life of the ultra wealthy going to Europe for the week end, and Unlike Bag Lady Papers, I finished this book, and quickly Depressingly over indulgentthis story could have been written in less pages I was forced to put it down numerous times in shear boredom.but always finishing a book, nevertheless.The author wrote about a time in her life, the only problem was she sometimes repeated feelings and or actions I didn t need to know of the size of his penis and did not need that point to be repeated twiceDisappointed in this version of events and profoundly saddened by the fact that I purposely searched thi Depressingly over indulgentthis story could have been written in less pages I was forced to put it down numerous times in shear boredom.but always finishing a book, nevertheless.The author wrote about a time in her life, the only problem was she sometimes repeated feelings and or actions I didn t need to know of the size of his penis and did not need that point to be repeated twiceDisappointed in this version of events and profoundly saddened by the fact that I purposely searched this book out after reading stephanie and Mark s books I saw this book at the library a few days after 60 Minutes had done an interview with Madoff s wife, Ruth, and his one remaining son It appears that Sheryl Weinstein wrote this book on her own with no co author She writes well but not great I believe she must have written this book to clear her inner self of demons and to raise money to offset the everything that she and her husband lost by being investors of Bernie s firm For 20 years Mrs Weinstein had a personal relationship with Madoff I saw this book at the library a few days after 60 Minutes had done an interview with Madoff s wife, Ruth, and his one remaining son It appears that Sheryl Weinstein wrote this book on her own with no co author She writes well but not great I believe she must have written this book to clear her inner self of demons and to raise money to offset the everything that she and her husband lost by being investors of Bernie s firm For 20 years Mrs Weinstein had a personal relationship with Madoff and he professed to love her, yet he stole all of their savings The book is written matter of factly and gives a glimpse into not only her life, but that of Madoff s also I found this at Goodwill while treasure hunting for books This is an easy and fast read, and it gives you great insight into Madoff as a person On the other hand, while I appreciate Sheryl s honesty, she seems to lack any accountability whatsoever for her actions while stabbing both of her romantic interests in the back She seems to take pride in the fact that she was loyal to her husband for decades and only cheated once during that time She also writes as though she deserved the adventure I found this at Goodwill while treasure hunting for books This is an easy and fast read, and it gives you great insight into Madoff as a person On the other hand, while I appreciate Sheryl s honesty, she seems to lack any accountability whatsoever for her actions while stabbing both of her romantic interests in the back She seems to take pride in the fact that she was loyal to her husband for decades and only cheated once during that time She also writes as though she deserved the adventure This was all while her husband was changing for the better for her , and while he threw her a surprise b day party and bought her the expensive watch she hinted about Ugh Perhaps I m incorrect I hope so , but Sheryl strikes me as an American princess type of woman This is NOT an attractive or likeable trait Not feeling as though I was on the same team as the protagonist made this a bit of a challenging read, yet not in the traditional sense since the story moved Nobody knew Bernie like I did, and nobody knows about me Sheryl Weinstein met Bernie Madoff when she was just shy of forty, and went on to have a twenty year secret, intimate relationship with the man now known as an evil mastermind, a villain of the greatest proportions It wasand Sheryl was facing a huge dilemma Bernie Madoff was paying her a great deal of attention She was in the midst of a rocky marriage and feeling vulnerable, when the powerful Wall Street mogul began making overtures As a successful CPA and head of a major charitable organization, she had a lot to lose She directed him to take things slowly Over the next five years, there were business meetings over lunch, followed by intimate dinners in hotel rooms and finally, private moments that for a time seemed intensely satisfying to them both I m not to be trusted, he once told her casually She ignored it, having no idea how prophetic those words would be After all, her relationship with Bernie was passionate and profound She felt desirable She was the one nobody knew about, with the window into the real man So careful about investing her money, when the SEC cleared him inshe decided to get in all the way with her heart, her soul and her financial futureSheryl was in the wrong place at the wrong time She couldn t possibly have imagined the devastation that would befall her Learning the truth was shattering on so many levels Many books are being written about the scale of Madoff s fraud, but until now, nothing has shown the man through private eyes Sheryl Weinstein s riveting story reveals a Madoff who will shock and surprise you From the boardroom to the bedroom, in each other, the two found something that had been lacking in their own lives It s a story with tragic overtones a drama that only now could find a devastating conclusion I truly enjoyed Quite upsetting knowing so many trusted and lost everything Sheryl s impact statement was brilliant and brave It s truly hard to believe he could use, abuse and steal from people he claimed to care about The only place anyone s money is safe is with their own self I hope his sentencing has at least allowed some healing to take place for some Thank you for sharing your story. This is the best book I ve read in a while because a it has nothing to do with law school and b it s trashy I m slightly obsessed with the Madoff case as it is, so this book only fed my obsession A quick read for anyone who needs a mindless fix. I think this is the worst book I ever read, but loved the trashy story.