I have always been fascinated by Elizabeth Taylor. I adored Richard Burton, and was drawn into their love, life and subsequent demise.
I was hoping to find a generous, kind, drama queen in Liz, and a sensitive passionate man in Burton, but on reading this book, all illusions have been (rightly) shattered.
Kelleys'information sources seem very sound, and truthful. She plays Elizabeth through from her early family life through to her marriage to a US senator very skillfully, drawing in characters and friends that Elizabeth depends on so crucially.
I started the book enjoying Liz. I ended it totally demoralised and disappointed in this woman who used her fame to get what she wanted, and didn't really put anything back. She turns out to be as shallow as a saucer and as greedy as Midas. Burton also has huge ego issues, and is quite a spiteful, greedy character.
Sadly it only goes to her 7th marriage, so hopefully she has a renaissance and changes dramatically, but if you want to see this lusty, greedy woman at her best, then read this book.