Review: The Siren by Katherine St. John

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“In the midst of a sizzling hot summer, some of Hollywood’s most notorious faces are assembled on the idyllic Caribbean island of St. Genesius to film The Siren, starring dangerously handsome megastar Cole Power playing opposite his ex-wife, Stella Rivers. The surefire blockbuster promises to entice audiences with its sultry storyline and intimately connected cast.

Three very different women arrive on set, each with her own motive. Stella, an infamously unstable actress, is struggling to reclaim the career she lost in the wake of multiple, very public breakdowns. Taylor, a fledgling producer, is anxious to work on a film she hopes will turn her career around after her last job ended in scandal. And Felicity, Stella’s mysterious new assistant, harbors designs of her own that threaten to upend everyone’s plans.

With a hurricane brewing offshore, each woman finds herself trapped on the island, united against a common enemy. But as deceptions come to light, misplaced trust may prove more perilous than the storm itself.”

REVIEW:

I picked The Siren up on a whim while exploring the bookstore and it was a perfect summer read. It gives off if The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo were a thriller vibes. If you like Hollywood and tabloids, you will enjoy this book.

The Siren follows three very different women as they arrive on the set of the new film The Siren. Each woman has a different motive for taking this job. Stella has struggled for the last decade and is trying to revive her failing film career. Taylor, the producer whose career has taken a beating, is hoping for a scandal free shoot so she can bury her past scandal. And Felicity, Stella’s new miracle worker assistant, harbors a secret that could ruin everything.

We have three dueling perspectives that help to move this story forward. This book sucks you in as you try and put all of the pieces together. All three female leads are unique and interesting and make this book fly by. This book has a little bit of everything and the last 100 pages are wild. The setting beautifully transforms as the plot moves forward. Tensions grow just as a hurricane arrives offshore. There are also various tabloid articles interested throughout to help give the public perception of these characters. We know their inner workings and their side of the story, but all the facts aren’t always shared with the public. This helps to really understand the stakes for these women and their careers.

Katherine St. John writes three very flawed women who even if they initially, seem unlikable you are ultimately rooting for them by the book’s end. I enjoyed that these women come together and end up working incredibly well with each other. You think they will be oil and water, but with them being able to work together they have a real chance of saving themselves.

This book is the perfect beach read, and I definitely recommend grabbing this for the Labor Day holiday.

RATING: 5/5

Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six

Daisy Jones & The Six is the history of a fictional rock band. Taking place in the 70’s we meet Daisy Jones, a hard partying, gorgeous, singer-songwriter. We also meet Billy Dunne, also hard-partying, guitarist and lead singer of the rock band The Six. They happen to be on the same record label. Both struggle with drugs and alcohol. Billy finds himself hitting rock bottom, but thanks to his wife Camilla; he is able to recover, enter rehab and turn his life around for his now growing family. Daisy has had a moderately successful first album singing other people’s songs, but that isn’t what she wants. She wants to create her own music. The Six, after having a small but successful first album and tour is looking to really breakout. Enter their record label.

REVIEW

I originally picked up this book because I had read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, which I had loved. This book is told in interview style, we don’t know who is doing the interviews until the very end of the novel, which made it a breeze to read. Once I picked up this book I couldn’t put it down, literally I finished this book in one day. Even though it is done in an interview style, each character is fully realized and I almost could hear each different voice in my head. My dad loves to watch music documentaries so I have seen my fair share of them, and I feel like this book fits that world so seamlessly.

This book feels like the perfect summer beach read, now if only their wasn’t a pandemic happening and I could’ve actually enjoy it at the beach.

RATING: 7/10