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Killer Affair: The Sexiest, Most Gripping Thriller You'll Read This Year Paperback
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Caroline is approached by agent’s assistant Campaspe Norton-Brown (I can confirm that they certainly do indeed have some curious names in the publishing world) to ghost write a book on the life and loves of celebrity star Lexy, married to lovely footballer Frank Callis, who is the rock in her life. They live in a beautiful home – The Gables – at Sandbanks (Bournemouth), on the south coast of England, with two children stylishly named London and Laylah. Frumpy and overweight, Caroline is the perfect shadow to probe the recesses of Lexy’s hitherto colourful life, and is dubbed by Lexy as the Ghost Mouse. She also isn’t particularly taken with her new moniker, it rather incenses her. But Caroline is not exactly the retiring type, as she discovers to her own surprise. She is as yet unpublished but writes Regency bonkbusters, and the more she discovers of Lexy’s life, the more she yearns to be like her and to experience life in the public eye – oh, and she is more than attracted to hubby Frank, so loving and devoted as he seems to be to his wife. A real regular, nice guy, too nice perhaps for the likes of Lexy and her coterie, muses Caroline.
A chance meeting for Lexy with top American celebrity Silantra (which as I write nattily Auto Corrects to Cilantro, another name for Coriander – she has real wit, does this author) sets Lexy’s star to rise even further. These two are thinly veiled characters, easy to guess on whom they might be based in real life.
But an ill-advised encounter soon puts paid to Lexy’s all too comfortable life of the three Fs (Fame, Fortune and Frank) and she has some real scrabbling and pondering to do. Lexy is now confined to barracks of her own making and a period of detox is carefully managed by her PR team, who step in at the drop of a hat to make sure their celebrity icon remains in the public eye. Caroline, meanwhile, has to somehow plug the gap….
I was also pleased to see that Darrell Rose got a good mention (even though he is a ghastly character in the book). The author sought suggestions for names and under an alter ego, that was the name I put forward.
In terms of location, the novel has a very English feel to it, London and Bournemouth get a look-in, but locale isn’t a huge character in the novel. There is too much else going on and to be honest, setting would not be the primary reason you would buy this book.
So, if you like sizzling, sexy bonkbusters, then this will be a novel for you, it packs in lies, deceit, sex, revenge and ultimately a bit of romance too. You WILL learn new things, I guarantee you, even if you didn’t particularly want to know about them. You might even work out how to pronounce Campaspe, I am still working on it!
Just off for a Pinot and Lemon (breathes deeply), the drink of choice in the book….
These women are both fabulous to read. They both know what they want and are ready to go fro it. They are so different and yet watching them grow and change over the course of the book is really entertaining. Of course we know that Lexy being 'Queen of reality TV' is going to play a certain character but there is definitely more to her than meets the eye. And speaking of more than meets the eye, Caroline really does surprise you as you turn each and every page. I really liked her storyline and the way she dealt with the drama of it all.
The other thing that I really liked about this book was the insight it gives you into the world of ghostwriting and publicising a book. Just a little of the world of publicity and publishing. I thought that everything rang very true to some of the things I had heard and there was a lot of detail to take in. Some of the detail made it that the book read a little slower than I am used to but it didn't take away from the drama of the storyline at all. There are also some familiar face that pop up in this novel, so if you have read Rebecca's other books, you will be pleased to see a recurring character here!
Overall this was a really good read and definitely up to par with what I have come to expect from this author. The sex scenes were fabulous, as always, and the drama was on point. This is definitely something to read this summer, something to heat up the cold British summer weather!
The writing is well done. The characters are ambitious, self-indulgent, and vain. And the plot is a clever, captivating mix of humour, drama, action, and sex.
Overall, I have to say Killer Affair is truly a scintillating, enjoyable treat that’s perfect for anyone who loves all the backstabbing, glamour, gossip, and sexual hijinks of reality TV. It will make you smile, laugh, and at times even leave you at a loss for words.