It says this is a novel ~~ but reading the others' reviews, they say it's loosely based on a real story ~~ and to be honest, I really don't care if it's loosely based on anything because I didn't pick this book up to read up on the rich and famous. I picked this book up because I was bored and it needed to go back to a friend of mine. And I was not able to put the book down. Fortunately, it has been raining nonstop the last two days, so I was able to read it all.
This is my first Dominick Dunne book and it really surprised me on how good it was. It was very well-written and very engrossing. It is steamy but it could have been worse. It shows a little bit of the world that the Mendelsens live in as well as the writer, Philip, lived in and the lifestyle of the rich & famous in LA and how they chose not to intermingle with Hollywood celebrities.
This book focuses on Flo March, a young woman who was Jules Mendelsen's mistress. It showed the exchanges between those two, his wife, Pauline, his lawyer, and their circle of upper-crust society. It begins with a lavish party that the young writer, Philip, was invited to. After the party, Pauline's best friend, Hector, was found murdered. Jules hushed it up and that aroused Philip's suspicions on why it was covered-up, letting the real murderer go. And it all spirals downhill from then on for the Mendelsens, and Flo, who was caught up in the middle of it.
It was well-written, intriguing and definitely engrossing. I couldn't stop turning the pages in order to find out who did what. The lavish descriptions of the houses, jewelry and the lifestyles, were interesting as well. I will have to admit to being a little bit dumbfounded though at the thought of why the rich and famous always need to have more than what they have. It seems like they're cursed.
It was definitely a perfect rainy day reading material ~~ and surprisingly so.