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The book held my attention..but !
on 28 January 2013
The book "Shadow of the dolls" written by author Rae Lawrence was a book I wanted to read. I had read the book "Valley of the dolls" by J Sussann many years ago several times and always enjoyed it. The movie was good but as always a bit different from the book. I wanted to read the sequel. The book was interesting and held my attention, but if it had been a proper sequel the ages of Anne, Jen, and Neely and Lyon would have put them at a pensionable age ! So Miss Lawrence had to make them younger to try to get a more up to date story.
The part that I think spoiled it for me without giving too much away was the story about Gretchen ! Miss Lawrence need NOT have brought Gretchen back into the story under another name, a person who had lived a very unbelievable lifestyle which I though was a bit silly and rather trashy. Miss Lawrence let her imagination run a bit wild here and as a reader it seemed stupid and rather silly and spoiled part of the story. I think the writer of this book ought to do a rewrite and think up something more believable, as in my opinion this part of the book was rather "daft". It puts me in mind of a perfectly good book that I read many years ago by Harold Robbins called "The Lonely lady. Robbins spoiled the end of the book..what he wrote was just stupid trashy and silly and it wasted a good ending of the book. Miss Lawrence spoils the part where a character called Gretchen comes back under a different name ! As I read this part I thought to myself "What a load of bull !"