Olivia takes a risk and gets entangled in a psychological maze. Her past rushes through to bring identification with a malevolent force so unhinged she threatens everything Olivia has worked for..
Olivia Stark was the highest paid teen actress in Hollywood. Not anymore. A trip to Las Vegas turns upside down when Olivia becomes privy to a secret… and events combust in a way no one expected. A bombshell opens a hatch for Olivia to spy into the deep recesses of an eerie past. It begins at a film industry charity event in Sin City drawing big-name producers, including Vivika James, the first African American woman producer to slay Hollywood. Olivia is convinced she holds the secret to her future.
Enter Jeremy Durant, a transplanted Los Angeles lawyer who dropped out of the partnership racket to work at Slaten’s Premier Hotel and Casino on the Strip. Olivia convinces Jeremy of an outlandish prospect, which leads her into darkness.
My review: It took me three goes to finish this book. I’m still not entirely sure about it. It’s billed as an arousing psychological thriller but I really didn’t come away thinking that. Some of that feeling is because I felt that the way Olivia’s character was and behaved changed dependant on the script. She went, in the space of a few days, from washed up teen actress to method actor with in depth knowledge of behavioural insight (even though later she said she wasn’t an expert). She just didn’t ring true.
Also if you’re in Las Vegas for a clandestine meeting to get a diary extract from someone’s father that was top secret why would you show that diary to a stranger that you’d met in a bar that night! And they never did explain how the bad person found out about it.
There was some good. The author wanted the story to be all about strong women. Olivia as fought back from a difficult childhood and I could relate to that. I enjoyed the parallel between Olivia and the bad person in that one used her past to push through and succeed in everything she attempted whereas the other became a serial killer. Just because you have a bad childhood doesn’t make you a bad adult later in life.
So some good points and bad points. A middling recommendation
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