Top positive review
Good story and unusual character
10 April 2019
This is a well written and engrossing book, basically about the lengths a secretary, Christine, will go to protect her employer, the supermarket supremo Mina Appleton.
Mina inherits the Appleton’s supermarket chain from her affable and socially conscious father, Lord Appleton, who’s range of supermarkets are built on ethical dealings with his suppliers. His entitled daughter, Mina, has no such qualms, and is much more interested in profit.
Mina, as the elitist and grasping business woman is easy to dislike and fathom out, but Christine is an odd character.
The crux of the story, basically, is how far Christine will go to protect her employer’s name. I found it difficult to be sympathetic to Christine, although it was clear that Mina manipulated her. Christine felt like a little bit of a modern day Uriah Heep (though maybe less ‘umble), and can see no wrong in her wonderful, feted employer, even when it became glaringly obvious.
Christine sacrifices everything, her marriage, even her relationship with her own daughter, for Mina. It doesn’t seem to be the hefty salary she receives which makes her do this or even blind, unswerving loyalty. She seems to be absolutely beguiled by Mina, to an unusual degree.
The ending initially seemed over the top and unrealistic, but then I thought for Christine it probably seemed a natural outcome. It was an unusual ending and an unlikeable central character who you never really get to understand.