Gossip by Clara Grace Walker is a bit of a one-size-fits-all novel with something for everyone - a gripping murder mystery, some raunchy sex scenes, an awww-inspiring romance and the usual glitzy A-lister adventures and misadventures often encountered in summery chicklit.
The book starts with a darker side. Newshound Nick Beck chases off to a murder scene at the local golf club, hoping for an exciting new story to cover, only to discover that the victim is his wife. There is some poetic justice here but I felt some empathy for him because, while he is happy to dish the dirt on the rich and famous in his celeb-filled tabloid, he does also have a more highbrow news publication so he seems slightly less ruthless and opportunistic than his purely scandal-seeking rival, Peter Arnold.
With a seedy porn studio and its lowlife employees, a string of used and abused starlets and endless acrimonious divorces and extra-marital affairs popping up in the story, there are more suspects than you could shake a stick at !
It's a fun read with an engaging storyline and characters that you either love to love or love to hate. It reminded me of the atmosphere of Desperate Housewives and was perfect for devouring by the pool in Turkey. Gossip is one book from the Desire Never Dies trilogy, but it works perfectly as a stand-alone novel.
We even had fun with the front cover taking selfies !
star rating : 4/5
Disclosure : I received a copy of the book in order to write an honest review.