Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Book Review: Betrayal by Danielle Steel

On the jacket

At thirty-nine, Tallie Jones is a Hollywood legend. Her work as a film director is her passion and the center of her life; one after another, her award-winning productions achieve the rare combination of critical and commercial success. With no interest in the perks of her profession or the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles, Tallie maintains close and loving relationships with her college-age daughter and her aging father, and has a happy collaboration with Hunter Lloyd, her respected producing partner, confidant, and live-in lover. Rounding out the circle and making it all work is Brigitte Parker, Tallie’s devoted personal assistant. Friends since film school, they are a study in contrasts, with Brigitte’s polished glamour balancing Tallie’s artless natural beauty, and her hard-driving, highly organized style a protective shield for Tallie’s casual, down-to-earth approach.
As Tallie is in the midst of directing the most ambitious film she has yet undertaken, small disturbances begin to ripple through her well-ordered world. An outside audit reveals troubling discrepancies in the financial records maintained by Victor Carson, Tallie’s longtime, trusted accountant. Mysterious receipts hint at activities of which she has no knowledge. Soon it becomes clear that someone close to Tallie has been steadily funneling away enormous amounts of her money. In the wake of an escalating series of shattering revelations, Tallie will find herself playing the most dangerous game of all—to trap a predator stalking her in plain sight.
In this riveting novel, Danielle Steel reveals the dark side of fame and fortune. At the same time, she brilliantly captures a woman’s will to navigate a minefield of hurt and loss—toward a new beginning.

My review
I have been reading Steel since I was about 13, in school. Accident was the first I had read, I was hooked for life. I haven't read much of her in the last 5-6 years, but with Big Girl, I am back to devouring her books. Like always before, I was not disappointed.

Tallie Jones's life is perfect, and how she would want it. She is happy with what it seemingly lacks, but an over achiever in her own line of work, Tallie is happy and content with how things have balanced themselves around her. 

But, perfect life is a myth, as Tallie realises. Her world falls apart as she realises, of the people who thinks she can trust her life with, someone is not as trustworthy as she considered them to be! To find out someone really close to you, is swindling you and causing you financial damage is not easy to digest and cope with. 

Does Tallie manage to, or does she succumb? How does her family deal with it. Yes, Tallie has been gullible, but how big a price does she pay for trusting her own? I suggest you read on to know more, I might sound biased here, but Steel doesn't disappoint her readers!

Rating: 4/5

[This book was reviewed for Random House IndiaThe opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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