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First Colin the 'King of Kiss and Tell' who has uncovered celebrity and non celebrity scandals for years is unmasked as being a cheating husband, then Valerie the vitriolic columnist who rails against gay marriage and other 'crimes against society' is show to be a bitter resentful hypocrite. The entire world is watching as Adam's website releases the truth behind the people who hide behind their Press passes to wreck lives. The author adds fun bits of fictional twitter excerpts and articles and story comments following each unmasking so you get a feel for the public's feelings.
It is easy to sit back and be gleeful as the nasty people seem to get their comeuppance but in reality this book asks the same question many people grappled with 20 years ago following the death of Princess Diana. Do you blame the Press for writing these stories and hunting the people who they put in the publication? Do you blame the people who read these stories; if no one bought a magazine or paper that splashed a celebrity scandal across the front page then the papers would stop reporting on them. And what about the celebrities themselves? In a culture where one can be famous for being famous; Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, cast of the shows like the Bachelor and Big Brother, is there a trade off of privacy for fame? And lastly what gives the Press the right to pass judgment upon people and what constitutes news? And what percentage of a story needs to be truthful?
The final chapter unmasks the person who truly wanted revenge and why, but I actually felt this detracted from the book.
This is a suspenseful page turner that shows sympathy for the devils of journalism while never forgetting how wicked they are. The story unfolds from the point of view of the villains. The good guy is the enemy. The story is filled with delightful twists and turns. No one is quite as clean or as dirty as one might expect. There is a lot of depth to the characters and in the end it is a tale of revenge with a bit of warm ending.
It is also a proper mystery. The facts are there for the observant to solve the mysteries before they are revealed.
Despite Paul's robbing me of a good night rest, I thank him for writing such a wonderful book.