on 18 August 2012
The lives of the High Society rich in New York are shaken by the arrival of a nouveau riche husband and wife determined to fit in. The wife however, has a secret which she shares with a famous author struggling to deal with the murder of his daughter, some years earlier.
A pacy read, Dunne obviously knows his stuff, the people, the attitude. The plot is also good, the AIDS strand could be really cliched but is nicely underplayed. A little dry in places and overall it feels like the book could have done with a good polish. It's a little episodic in places and it doesn't always hang together. However, the characters are well drawn and it brings to life a time when old money met with new money. A good read, not particularly trashy, but not too worthy. This was also made into a mini-series starring Ben Gazzara, Connie Selleca from tv's 'Hotel' and Jean Simmons.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2010
I enjoyed this book when I needed an escape book to take on a cruise this last Christmas holiday. This was so Dunne and when I was finished I knew that this would be one of the last books I will read by him. I still have the latest one to read and then that will be it - I will have read them and loved them all. I will miss Mr. Dunne when I need a good read on holiday.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2010
After reading his section in "Vanity Fayre" for many year up to his death, I have always found Dominic Dunne to be highly entertaining, and this novel, the second involving these characters, does not dissapoint.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2010
I would sincerely love to read 'People like us' through to the end. However, what deters me is the confusion created by the myriad personae in the the novel. What could ultimately be a rewarding reading experience is marred by the endless profusion of characters dropping in one after the other without giving the poor reader a chance to build up the character in their mind.
There is something to be said for a gradual introduction in order to allow the reader to filter the line-up and thereby smoothe the way for the characters to settle in the mind.
This is a shame, because 'People like us' has an intriguing story - "...a tragic secret - and ... a violent plan."
Being a huge fan of Dominick Dunne, I will persevere once again, but DO have a thought for my poor head - spinning like a top with the multitude of dramatis personae!