Tuesday, June 25, 2013
G102 E-Reading Book Review of You Know Who I Am by Diane Patterson
Author: Diane Patterson
Part of a Series: The Drusilla Thorne Mysteries
Type of book: Mysteries, Hollywood, blackmail, revenge, open marriage, Las Vegas, running away, sisterhood
Year it was published: 2013
Drusilla Thorne's husband Colin walks out on their marriage of convenience with style: he disappears right in the middle of their magic act. Before he vanishes, though, he steals a bracelet from her, a bracelet that could tip off the people who’ve been searching for Drusilla and her younger sister Stevie for years. Drusilla won’t allow that to happen.
When she finds Colin in Los Angeles, he’s dead. Before dying, he got the both of them involved in a nasty game of Hollywood blackmail. The investigating detective finds out her identity is as fake as her marriage was and he’s determined to find her guilty of something. Her lawyer might have more allegiance to the shadowy figure footing the bill than to her. And her sister does something Drusilla can only hope they live to regret.
Drusilla had better figure out who killed Colin before everything comes apart and the police figure out who she really is.
The characters are well rounded and well done, at least in terms of Stevie and Drusilla, but lack of background information really frustrated me. Drusilla is best described as manipulative, an expert body-language reader and very resourceful as well as protective, loyal and beautiful. She has a mysterious dark side to her that hints of murders, sexual abuse and so forth. She is loyal to her sister Stevie and will do anything to protect her. Stevie is highly intelligent, asexual and I couldn't decide if she was an adolescent or an adult already. She has went through trauma and is also loyal, hard-worker and is willing to put comfort aside to do the best she can for Drusilla. Other characters are interesting as well, but Drusilla gives very little information about them, thus I can't judge or know them properly.
Don't trust anyone
This is written in first person narrative completely from Drusilla's point of view. She and her green-card husband Colin have a magic act together, and in the middle of the show Colin walks out and disappears, taking away Drusilla's bracelet. Drusilla, with the help of Stevie her younger sister, finds Colin, but then he mysteriously gets murdered and Drusilla is plunged into the blackmail of who and why in Hollywood. I have to admit that there are numerous things that didn't seem to work for me, or that sounded a bit too unbelievable; first are Drusilla's abilities in terms of manipulation, and that she could seemingly mind-read and get access to the well known stars. I also admit that the strong point of the story are the characters and possible fascinating character backgrounds and the plot. I do hope that in the future more about Drusilla and her sister will be explained.
Nothing is known of her on goodreads.com
Its an intriguing story with an interesting plot and interesting characters, but I have to admit that the hints to the back-story of the characters really killed me. The author plants some interesting clues and hints throughout the story when it comes to Drusilla and Stevie, but she never pieces the back-story together. Half the time I was wondering if I was reading series or something, and while there are plans to turn this into the series, this is the first book! I have to admit that the mystery for me was confusing and I was too distracted by the unmaterialized backgrounds to enjoy the mystery in front of me.
Quick notes: I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read and review the book.
3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)