on Dec. 12, 2013 :
A fascinating thing about this book is how every alternate chapter is written in the first person and third person. So, every for every chapter written in third person, there's a chapter after that written by a male author - thinking and feeling as a female.
This means you get the first person 'feel' of the girl realising she might be able to set up the bad guy for a fall. Then, in the next chapter, we get the third person description of the bad guy that's excited at how he has actually set her up, and how she's taken the bait. And so on.
It is worth reading the whole book to get to the fight scene three quarters of the way through. We get a first person description of the fight as the model turned actress struggles with the bad guy - catches him out with a few kicks to sensitive areas! Again, we get both sides of the chase, capture, evasion, retaliation and it keeps you guessing as it turns each corner (a maze of corners would be better analogy).
I also enjoyed the characters... and I dare say anybody who has had anything to do with show business will recognise the 'realness' of these characters - the victims, the exploiters and the rare stable person that can actually make a career out of any type of show business.
As with Mr McFadden's other books, again quite unique, and cleverly executed. I've read a few of his books now and, as ever, will reserve my judgement until I've read all his books, but I am getting ready to make that statement that you only make about great authors: "with Tony McFadden books, you just can't go wrong".
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on Oct. 13, 2011 :
Let me get this out of the way at the start: this is a real page turner.
"G'day L.A." is basically a modern crime thriller. The protagonist, one Ellie Bourke, is an Aussie trying to make it as an actor in Los Angeles, after a part in a C-grade horror flick filmed in Australia. And she's having just enough success that she doesn't quite need a real job. Her flatmate, Joel, is a stand-up comedian who is starting to make some headway in a similarly difficult career choice. Unfortunately, shortly after the story starts, he is found dead in the bathtub. In a locked house.
Though ruled suicide, Ellie doesn't believe it and can't convince anyone else. Then she discovers something that convinces her it wasn't suicide. But how to prove it?
It's been a long time since I read any crime fiction, particularly modern crime fiction; so long, in fact, that I can't remember what I last read in that genre or when. Regardless, the story moves apace. I was well into the story proper way before I realized it. I guess I'm used to longer books! But the pace keeps accelerating nicely and there were several tense moments towards the end where everything could easily go pear-shaped.
McFadden has clearly made it a product of the times. There are two iPhones in the story. GPS navigation is mentioned. So is Dr Horrible. I doubt this will date it, of course, merely set it in it's time period.
All in all, a good book and a good story.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
on April 29, 2011 :
Witty and funny! Intriguing and captivating, holds your interest till the end. Great story line. Needed a bit more editing, but an absolutely great read. Especially for someone like me who really does not read mystery books.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on April 26, 2011 :
Very good story. Hard to put down. Kept thinking about it when I was supposed to be doing other things, like work!
(reviewed the day of purchase)