The society-bred wife of a celebrity producer takes a lethal dose of poison in her bedroom. Twenty years later, her daughter Hannah is convicted of stealing a priceless necklace. And when Hannah attempts to change from wild child to purposeful young woman, she begins to uncover secrets that will make her the target for murder. A suspenseful and witty page-turner that combines a murder mystery and a love story, with Hollywood financial intrigue and the unearthing of old family secrets.
Review: To start with, I love books (and movies) that involve many characters that intertwine with each other. The au pair that shows up in a somewhat unexpected place, the private investigator who is hired by more than one person, the friend who knows someone who knows something about someone else – they all weave together to create a wonderful story of a girl who only wanted to find out the truth.
Hannah is a former wild-child desperate for her father’s attention. It’s sad how many phone calls she makes to him and how many times she asks to see him, hoping for that one time when he actually sounds happy to hear from her. However, this is her only weakness. No matter what is thrown at her, Hannah rebounds and, despite being raised in Hollywood privilege, she has the smarts to make it on her own.
Mitch is a paparazzi-type photographer out to get photos of Hannah after her release from prison. When he shoos her away from a murder scene and hides the photographic evidence, we know he’s the hero of this story. What we don’t really know is if he’s a good guy or just a sleazy paparazzi trying to get a story.
This book is less about Hannah’s attempt to change her life than it is about the mystery of how she came to be arrested for shoplifting as well as the questions surrounding her mother’s suicide. There is also the overwhelming theme of Hannah’s relationship with her father.
The one flaw, for me, was the ending. I thought it came a bit too abruptly and without any fanfare. It just didn’t seem to line up with the rest of the book. Despite that, it was probably more realistic than anything else that could have been written (Hollywood be damned).