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Hollywood Wives Paperback – 1 June 2012
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They're a privileged breed - glamorous, beautiful and demanding. When life is this fast, there are no guarantees. Status is everything - and that's only as high as the box office of your husband's latest movie...
Elaine Conti - wife of a fading star, who'll do anything to out his career back into orbit
Angel Hudson - a breathtakingly beautiful starlet with a wildly ambitious stud for a husband
Montana Grey - gorgeous renegade, she'll stop at nothing to make it in the male-dominated world on the other side of the camera
"Hollywood Wives" is a scorching blockbuster that exposes the glittering bithery of Beverly Hills - before racing to a chilling and unexpected climax...
'Miss Collins at her raunchy best' New York Times
About the Author
- ASIN : 1849836256
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster UK; UK ed. edition (1 June 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 704 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781849836258
- ISBN-13 : 978-1849836258
- Dimensions : 13 x 4.29 x 19.81 cm
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OK, so the story follows the lives of the Hudsons, the Contis, the Grays and the various characters around them, like agents, hustlers, lovers. Throw a brilliant portrayal of a psycho killer into the mix and you've got the usual Jackie Collins story going on.
What was good was the build up and tension, especially at the end. It's also crammed with her usual very funny take on personal interactions. I loved the OCD aspect of Oliver Easterne. I have to say though, that I found the Hudsons disappointing. Buddy is just a lying, useless, selfish user, who only tells the truth when things are going well for him. And Angel his wife, isn't naïve, she's dumb. In contrast, I loved the Contis. So OK, they weren't perfect, but that makes them human, and you root for them both throughout the novel. This is the second time I read this book, and it's still good.
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I had to have a look to see what the fuss was about . Boy, am I glad I did ! What a corker !
This book is absolutely hilarious, a little dated but I couldn't put it down. Immediately gave it to my daughter in law. Total hoot, read this and forget pretentious tosh, this is really effective writing from a woman with her finger on the pulse of what people are like and what they want to read about even if they don't admit it afterwards .
Regularly dining at the most expensive, must be seen at restaurants, Elaine and her two best 'friends', Karen and Maralee, gossip, bitch and generally pamper themselves within an inch of their lives. But Elaine's finances are slowly dwindling and the only way to boost the bank balance is to revive Ross' career.
Ross Conti is on the verge of the big 'Five-O' and not happy about it. Having not worked for several years and the last time he saw one of his movies was as a re-run on TV, his career prospects don't look particularly illustrious. What he needs is a decent vehicle to get him back on top again.
As for his marriage to Elaine. Why does she have to nag so much? Spend his money like it's going out of fashion? Always criticising his spreading midriff. And just because she's gone off sex, doesn't mean he has.
Buddy Hudson. In his mid-twenties, stunningly good looking, arrogant, newly-wed and aspiring actor with a highly peppered past will do anything to get into the movies (almost).
He ran away from home is his teens and headed for the bright lights of Hollywood. Desperate for money he became involved in various dubious dealings he'd prefer remained in the closet.
In a town where it's shallow residents only care about how good your last film was, or how many A-listers will be attending your next soiree, it's not what you know but who you know that counts.
HOLLYWOOD WIVES is a melting pot of many flamboyant characters that all have one thing in common - their only concern is for themselves.
This was my first Jackie Collins novel and I have to admit, I'd always dismissed her as a 'fluff' writer. How wrong I was.
Collins grabs you by the throat from the very first brutal, shocking scene.
The first quarter of the book involves introducing and developing the considerable amount of central characters. And what 'juicy' characters they are. She tells you of the uber rich lives of Hollywood film stars and their wives, to the almost destitute lives of aspiring actors and what they have to do to make ends meet. Each in their own way, makes for great reading, whether you like them or not. Even the periphery characters I found to be very alluring and hoped they'd have more involvement in the plot.
Whilst reading the character traits I couldn't help but think, this person reminds me of someone famous but I can't quite think who...certainly many famous names are dropped into the story.
Collins has the ability to switch from writing with humour on one page, to the convincing thoughts of a psychopath on another. She conveys the inner opinions of both male and female characters with sharp individualism that makes each of their actions totally credible. I felt as if I was inside their heads with them.
The aspect of this novel that had me firmly in its grasps was that Collins draws upon people she knows and her own experiences. I was left thinking, sometimes these characters seem unbelievable to me, but Collins states there are many people in the Hollywood community, which most of us will never meet, that really do lead lives described within her books. She's said that her characters are toned down versions of people she's encountered and that in reality their behaviours far more outrageous.
HOLLYWOOD WIVES was an extremely entertaining read, containing a bit of something for everyone.
The plot moves fast and is relentless. It's a very hard book to put down.
I'd recommend this novel to anyone who has an interest into the lurid lives of Hollywood's rich and famous, written by someone who's on the inside, looking out.
A note on the Kindle version; great formatting, easy to read, no proplems with typos etc. Recommended.