I was definitely intrigued by the behind-the-scenes look at a fictional reality show (a la Real Housewives). However, there were too many characters to keep track of right from the start and too many different POVs, which resulted in me not being able to connect to any of them. It was also hard to root for any of the characters, as they’re all pretty despicable humans. I felt like there was so much build-up trying to keep it suspenseful, but I just got frustrated during the middle because of the lack of action. The ending was a good twist, but it didn’t make up for that fact that this was just not a fun read with a theme that should have been delightfully wicked.
I’d love to hear what Andy Cohen (the brains behind the Real Housewives franchise) thinks about this book. Yeah, these reality shows are trashy, but this makes it sound like every cast member is completely bonkers and homicidal. It’d be interesting if he thought this was a fun take-off on the premise or kind of insulting.
Also, this is a side note, but it really bugs me when publishers design covers that have nothing to do with the book. I have no clue why this title has a cover with an umbrella on it. Huh???
3 stars out of 5
*Free ARC provided by NetGalley*