(Review) The Starlet

TITLE: The Starlet
AUTHOR: Mary McNamara
PUB DATE: June 2010
PAGES: 320
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
SOURCE: I received an advance readers copy of The Starlet from Leigh at Regal Literary. Thank You for contacting me with the request to review this.

It’s a not-so-well-respected rule in Hollywood that what happens on location stays on location. But when a hot young leading man winds up dead in his Rome hotel room, his costar’s life is about to go off the rails in a very public way—even by celeb standards.

At the tender age of twenty-three, Mercy Talbot has won an Oscar, battled addiction, wrecked more than her share of cars, and burned down her house. Her look-alike mother keeps her on a tight leash (and fueled with an endless supply of OxyContin and cocaine) and her producers demand a grueling schedule. By the time she stumbles across Juliette Greyson, a Hollywood insider on a much-needed vacation, Mercy is surrounded by photographers and about to emerge drunk, high, and naked from a public fountain. Whisking her away to an idyllic Tuscan ‘retreat,’ Juliette is about to discover another rule of Hollywood: wherever the starlet may go, the drama will follow.

I have to say that I really love the cover of the finished copy. I just love how the “S” is done compared to the ARC version. Very smoky-ish. (Is that even a word?)

As I was reading this for some reason I kept thinking of all the Hollywood starlets that have been making the news headlines ie Lindsey and I could almost picture Mercy as her. The reason I say this is because what Mercy did. Lindsey basically did too so I found it made the character really believable. Granted there was times I would have reached into the book to strangle her because of the things she was doing.

Another great element in the book was the deaths of the characters such has Mercy’s boyfriend Lloyd, who is found dead. Was it a suicide? Perhaps a drug overdoes? Murder? So many things lead to each one and I have to admit I was curious to find out because the books opens with Lloyd being dead.

Lloyd’s death isn’t the only one we see another one happening. This was appears to be accidental but we quickly find out that perhaps it was being at the wrong place and the wrong time. Just when you think you might have it figured out Mary throws a twist into the story.

Publishers Weekly describe this book as “sexy, scandalous and suspenseful” and I have to say that this is exactly what this book is.

Mercy is only 23 years old and strung out on all kinds of illegal substance. She is grieving the lost of her boyfriends death. She is in Italy filming a movie. Mercy is so strung out of her mind that she doesn’t realize what she is doing and has jumped from the top of King Triton into a famous Roman fountain. So being a famous celebrity the paparazzi capture this whole event. Thankfully Juliette sees all this and jumps to Mercy’s rescue.

Juliette is use to celebrities and their behavoirs because she is a PR who works in a very posh LA hotel. She knows how to handle these kinds of celebrities. What we quickly discover about Juliette is that she is also a recovering addict and she has left LA behind her to get her bearings back and she is at the family estate in Cerreta. The estate is a two-hundred acre family farm near Siena that she and her cousin, Gabe, have inherited from their families.

Will Juliette be able to save Mercy or will it be too late?

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