28 March 2015

The Knockoff; Lucy Sykes

The Knockoff: A NovelThe Knockoff Lucy Sykes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Was this really a 4-star? Well, yes and no. No in terms of "deep, thought-provoking read that illuminates the human condition" but yes in terms of "perfect rainy day or beach read". And who doesn't need one of those every now and then?

The authors definitely know the fashion and magazine worlds, which keeps the froth quotient pretty high. That this is a real hommage to "All About Eve" means that the world can take a more important role since we all know what's going to happen next. My biggest quibble is that Imogen is in her 40s, yet at times acts as though she's in her 50s or later: yes, fashion and technology move very quickly, but her attitude and m.o. seem to be from the 80s not 90s. An even bigger quibble is why she never goes to HR about Eve's antics - surely that would have happened, or they would have reached out to her?

ARC provided by publisher.

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