My Review (5 stars out of 5)
Following her success in a long-running TV show, young actress Mai Rose is in rehearsal on a new stage play, but when the opportunity to star in a major fantasy movie comes up it seems the role is made for her. Trouble is, Mai will be in competition with four other actors – a real competition that puts her very much in the spotlight, meaning everything she does and says will be judged by the media and the public. Struggling to work out her future career path, Mai must also contend with the antics of her soldier brother, her soon-to-be ex-boyfriend and an especially bitchy actress who is also desperate to star in the movie. Will Mai get what she wants, and if so, is it what she really, really wants?
This is the first book I’ve read by Keith Dixon that doesn’t involve murder and mystery, so I was keen to see how he’d handle a very different type of story. What is fascinating is that not only does he give us a thought-provoking and entertaining read but shows his ability to really get under the skin of the characters in a way that had me rooting for them at every turn of the page and worrying how they’d all cope when the poop hit the fan. The writing is well-observed with dialogue that is not only sharp and clever but realistic and original. And of course, Mr D’s usual dry humour is still very much in evidence, though doesn’t distract us from the plot.
A deftly written book by an author who continues to surprise me.