Susan Isaacs goes Canadian in this piquant first novel, with Barbara's breezy commentary and her cronies' unblinking, eternal adulteries more than compensating for the overstuffed, underconvincing double plot.
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BOTTOM-LINE: Hate characters, okay story . PLOT OR PREMISE: Barbara Simons is a newly unemployed airline exec with nothing to do. Bored, she jumps at a chance to help her fabulous friends with their problems -- an ex-husband hiding money and uncovering a smuggling ring. . WHAT I LIKED: Better written than Reichs' books in the same setting, and the story overall is interesting. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: I hated most of this book -- every character is one of life's beautiful people, all wealthy, all extremely ravishing or handsome, and all amazingly beautiful, perky, effective at turning men's heads deliberately and/or accidentally, and supposedly downright nice...not nice enough that you like them, but Barbara obviously thinks everyone else does. But Barbara isn't any bettter -- she's supposed to be this amazing go-getter business woman but she has been wallowing in self-pity for six weeks. She goes to fancy parties with the elites, but can't relate to the average guy behind the counter at the 7-11 without going off on some trip. And while the story is interesting, the ending feels like it wraps everything up in a whirlwind 3 pages. Finally, a small spoiler, there is a small sub-plot that ends on a "to be continued" basis, kind of like Evanovich does regularly with the Stephanie Plum series. I hate that with a passion -- I like some resolution, even if there is an ongoing storyline. . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I was not personal friends with the author, but I did interact with her online.