Berkley / Putnam Peguin
Date: Aug. 2003 (Re-release)
Reviewed: Trade Paperback
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Janet Elaine Smith
Notes: Reviewer, Janet Elaine Smith, is the author
of 11 published novels, including Dunootar, Marylebone, Par
for the Course, In St. Patrick's Custody, Recipe for Murder,
House Call to the Past, Monday Knight, My Dear Phebe, A Christmas
Dream and A Lumberjack Christmas. She also writes
regularly for 9 print magazines, as well as several e-zines.
Roberts does another fine job of weaving an intense story, making
you wonder from page to page what will happen next. This is set
in Chicago, with a woman who is the star of a popular TV talk show.
It has definite undertones of Oprah.
Perkins is the star of the show. The first part of the book builds
a close relationship between Angela and Deanna Reynolds, who works
as a journalist and a newscaster. Deanna jumps every time Angela
says "Jump" and she sacrifices a great deal of her own
career to try to help Angela get ahead.
Riley, the network's sexiest journalist, has been a part of Angela's
life in the past, and when he makes a dramatic return into her life
on an airplane which is in danger of crashing, Angela is on hand
to cover the landing-whether it ends in tragedy or success.
end of the book, there have been murders, Angela has left for "the
big time" in New York and Deanna has created a show that is
threatening Angela's "big hit." I certainly did not see
the end coming; it took me completely by surprise. I highly recommend
only downside of this book was that about half way through it, it
sounded very familiar. I wasn't sure if it was just too predictable,
but finally I looked at the copyright date and discovered that it
was originally published in 1993. I then knew that I had read it
before, and I have read many good books more than once, but I really
wish when a publisher re-issues a book they would say so on the
cover so a person knows that they might well have read it before.