Private Lives Paperback – 4 Aug 2011
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`A thrilling, sun-drenched beach blockbuster' --Glamour
`Perry weaves a juicy and topical story about media law and some very true-to-life Hollywood characters...A brilliant read...far superior to your typical bonkbuster chick-lit' --Heat
`This pacy read lifts the lid on a tantalising world of glamour, intrigue and super-injunctions' --Daily Express
`Bursting with scandal, lust and glamour - you won't want it to end! *****'
Escape with Tasmina through the streets of Soho to the sun-soaked island of Capri and enter an intoxicating world where games are played to hide the truth, where there is no one to trust and where being too good at your job could put your life in danger...See all Product Description
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For one, our heroine is not some dumb wannabe starlet or a ditzy, charming girl running a flower shop or doing another suitably `feminine' job which she can give up as soon as she finds a (rich) man... she's a tough, bright and driven lawyer, admittedly in the `glamorous' area of media law, and perfectly capable of supporting herself.
Our heroes, too, (this is an ensemble novel so there are, arguably, more than one) might be good-looking but they also have a moral centre usually noticeably lacking in this kind of book and choose to use it within the world of the novel.
Perry manages to keep various plot-strands bubbling very well and handles them with detail rather than simply skimming the surface. These lawyers don't just flit around London in taxis and designer suits, they stay up all night working on cases before going to court.
That said, the book also has a deliciously shallow side with Hollywood actresses, models, call girls, the paparazzi and private jets; and is fairly topical with various plots concerning super-injunctions and the quest of celebrities to keep their private lives out of the papers.
So this certainly won't be winning any literary prizes, but for a surprisingly intelligent read that is still glamorous and full of deliciously scandalous goings-on this is perfect.
Although Anna is central to the story, there are many other characters with a story of their own. I enjoyed how all the plots eventually came together for the inevitable happy ending, but I must say that you do keep guessing right until the end.
It's about a whole host of characters,some of which work for Donovan Pierce, a group of lawyers who specialise in protecting celebrities from the press. The latest recruit is Anna, who begins her work for the company by going all out to prevent a sensational exposure about Hollywood star Sam Charles. Unfortunately it all goes pear shaped and Anna is left to carry the can. But slowly she begins to realise that someone deliberately set out to sabotage her work, and that someone is closer than she thinks. This then takes her down the road of trying to discover why a young woman died and whether it was the accident everyone claims, or something more sinister.
It's chicklit with a little darkness thrown in, entertaining, easy reading that would be a great holiday read.
I couldn't have been more wrong l thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it even though the first quarter was a little slow after that the plot really picks up
and there are so many twists in the plot you just didn't know what was going to happen next. The heroine of the book is a young lawyer - Anna Kennedy
whose job is to protect the stars from the media. The one thing that really impressed me with this book is how much knowledge of media law Tasmina Perry
has - she has either a profound knowledge through meticulous research or she has studied media law at some point.
l expected chock lit and when l finished reading l realised to call it chick lit is doing Tasmina Perry a great disservice it really is a great work of
fiction which kept me engrossed and entertained and l really was sorry to finish it - read it and enjoy....
You will not be able to put it down even if you wanted to as you are instantly hooked from the word go!
Anna, our lead character ignites a lot of empathy with the reader due to her unlucky in love past and feel and she, like many of us women and of course men, she doesn't seem to be able to get it right. Instead she avoids it and constantly puts her work career in law ahead of herself and her needs. The nice thing about that is, that she is a lawyer for celebrities, which is a new take not really covered a lot in books before, it added a nice touch and different side to what we all read in the gossip mags and in the papers, showing just what lengths those in power have to go to help their celebrity clients stay out the papers and avoid scandal. Very current considering the whole celebrity injunctions as of late too.
Anna is new to the law firm who specialise in these matters and everything doesn't really go to plan when she tries to impress on a big job trying to stop information on a big scandal for a Hollywood actor called Sam Charles. Being the new recruit she is the scape goat and is left to bear the brunt of the failure in preventing it from happening.
It becomes clear though that this wasn't her fault, we the reader are privy to our own scandal, that she was deliberately set up... and what uncovers in a mystery like fashion of piecing together information and circumstances surrounding a young women's death leads her to some scandal she may wish she hadn't uncovered...
While not having read any of her other works I will definetly be checking them out since this one was so enjoyable. It was full of tension mounting moments, twists and opens the window for a look in to what goes on behind closed doors of some of the famous and rich.
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Got hooked after a couple of pages, definitely recommend! Holiday, bed or leisure reading!Published 5 days ago by Kirsty Lal
Tasmina Perry is a great author this is my third book of hers and cannot wait to buy the nextPublished 4 months ago by Barbara Matthews
Wonderful book. Tasmina Perry never ceases to amaze me. You cannot put down any of her book because they are so well written. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mrs. Judith L. Smithers