While perusing the library stacks for any Charlaine Harris books, I ran across a title that caught my eye:
by Lynn Harris
I thought to myself, that sounds like fun! And, it was. It was a typical chick lit story with the added bonus of a mystery. The main character, Lola, is a budding novelist trying to hit it big. She has one novel out, which did just okay, and has writer’s block when it comes to a second novel. While at a friend’s book party, Lola comes across the friend’s dead body. Soon, other chick lit authors are turning up dead. Lola decides this is her chance for her next novel. She’ll solve the mystery and turn it into a new book. Entertwined in the mystery is the typical themes of friendship, betrayal, trying to find oneself.
The characters in this book were nothing too special. Lola, like many women in these chick lit novels, was a little over the top. Why do these chick lit authors do this? I’d like to see more light stories with a strong woman rather than these silly women. Lola’s husband was a little too good to be true; you had to love him. Her best friend was somewhat forgettable.
Having expected these kinds of characters, it turned out to be a fun book. The mystery added something a little fun and the author did a pretty good job with it. There were some twists and turns. She threw in some possibilities and some rogue characters to consider. I thought the conclusion of the mystery was well done.
As for the conclusion of the other parts of the book, again, predictible. It always amazes me how these crazy women do such a 180 before the book is over. If only change was so easy!!
All in all, I thought this was a fun novel. A good one for the upcoming summer reading season.