November 3, 2010

Review "Hollywood Savage" by Kristin McCloy

Hollywood Savage by Kristin McCloy
Published by Washington Square Press
A division of Simon & Schuster
ISBN 978-0-7432-8647-3
At the request of Simon & Schuster, a TPB was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
  Synopsis (from back of book): "Meet me at five," the voice said on the answering machine, Four ordinary words yet, when heard by the wrong person, enough to change the course of a marriage.
  Marooned in Hollywood while writing a screenplay based on his latest bestselling novel, Miles King, records in his journals his escalating conviction that his glamorous wife, a New York-based journalist named Maggie, his having an affair.
  Amidst the un-buffed egos and the longing for connection and fame he encounters at every cocktail party and no-name bar in Hollywood, Miles finds unexpected comfort in an affair if his own with Lucy, a young mother whose open, eager mind sparks an irresistible passion in him. Miles's constantly shifting emotional state-a potent brew of lust, guilt, anger and betrayal- is only one of the perils he must navigate as his fantasies become increasingly hard to distinguish from reality.
  My Thoughts and Opinion: When I first accepted this book for review, I thought it was going to be the typical Hollywood life style that is the basis of many books, the gossip in magazines and on entertainment TV shows. The following opinion is mine and only mine. I read 50+ pages, and at that point, I still had not been pulled into the story. I found the narrative of first-person very wordy, that at times, I would have to reread sentences to process what was really being said. I felt that the storyline was slow paced in the pages read. Unfortunately, this book had to be put aside in the DNF pile.


Alayne said...

Well that's a bummer for you! Best that you stop reading though if you can't get into it. Nice job. :)

Bev Hankins said...

Well that's disappointing....I thought it looked intriguing. I was hoping to hear good things in your review...but the review is helpful anyway...I don't read a lot of current fiction, so I don't think I'll be trying this one out.

Marce said...

To bad, I hate adding to the DNF pile but it is necessary if you want to enjoy/love reading.

bermudaonion said...

Too bad it's a stinker. :(

Julie P said...

I hate it when that happens!

Unknown said...

Wow. The blurb sounded good, too, but you're right - I wouldn't enjoy it! Wordiness irks me!!

I noticed that Private is on your TBR list. It's on mine, too. Do you have a date when it's supposed to be done? I thought maybe we can post on the same day, link to each other's reviews, and make it a special JP posting day. Let me know what you think

Anonymous said...

Too bad about the book,but thanks for sharing this.