Tuesday, July 30, 2013

G162 E-Reading Book Review of Whitley & Austin by Parker Paige

Name of Book: Whitley & Austin

Author: Parker Paige


Publisher: Pluto Books

Type of book: mystery, murder, changing self, revenge, legal, adult, Romantic suspense

Year it was published: 2013


THREE beautiful redheads - THREE Motives - ONE Murder

Tapping into the common wish to be someone else, if only for a short time, this suspense drama explores what happens when a woman, bored with her humdrum existence dyes her hair red and takes on the persona of her late sister.

After the murder of her beloved sister, a quiet and warmhearted legal secretary, Charlie Weiss, who works for the prestigious Whitley & Austin, is in search of an escape. A few sessions with her psychologist propel her to the realization that the excitement that she seeks is in a new life, the life of her late sister.

With a daring wish to continue the wild life of her late sister, she colors her hair red and dares to reinvent herself. And with this new persona comes a different type of experience, including becoming one of three redhead suspects to a murder.


I really liked the characters of Laura, Camina and Charlie. Charlie is a mousy sweet girl who never got noticed until her whole family dies. However, after being bored and angry, she completely redoes herself; dying her hair red and acting like her sister Sandy, although I imagine that Sandy was a regular firecracker. I would have liked more background about Sandy beyond what Charlie gives us. There are some actions that I disapprove of, but at least Parker Paige was realistic with the lesson. Laura is Charlie's and Camina's friend who is always friendly, sweet and generous. Camina is dating Bruce Colby, a married attorney and is red-headed, fiery, sarcastic and inconsiderate. I enjoyed the scenes between Camina and Charlie.


The change has to come from inside, not outside


Its written in third person narrative from Charlie's point of view and Camina's to some extent. The last quarter of the book is pretty suspenseful, and half the time I did wonder whether or not a red-headed woman committed murder and why. I felt that it resolved a little too quickly at the end, and wished that the author would throw a loop or something. Parker Paige did use an interesting technique where she caused me to suspect one character of murder, while it was another in fact.

Author Information:
(from the media kit)

Parker Paige has been writing fiction for several years with a passion for creating eccentric characters. She is fascinated with true stories and for that reason, she is drawn to the network Investigation Discovery like a drug. She is the author of “The Color Pink” and “Whitley and Austin.” She is not completely insane, maybe just a little bit crazy. She lives in Los Angeles. 

Her website is  parkerpaige.wordpress.com 

Twitter: @ParkerPaige86


At first I was worried that I would find it offensive or a frustrating read due to the message I felt the book was setting: if you want the best to happen, then change everything about yourself, physically and mentally and so forth. I had a friend who had problems with his own appearance, and even when he altered something about himself, it didn't make him a happier person! Much to mine relief, the message is completely different than I thought it would be. The last quarter of the book is non-stop action of who did it and why? I even thought that perhaps someone else besides the three redheads has done it, but no. Most of the book consists of everyday interactions between Charlie, a secretary of Whitley & Austin and her co-workers, mainly Laura, Camina and her boss as well as Bruce Colby, and Lee. I would have liked more background information on Charlie as well as her family. Still, the last quarter more than made up for most of the book. I myself couldn't wait to find out who committed murder.

Buy it here

This is read and reviewed for Sage's Blog Tour 

July 22nd Author-Reader Mixer
July 23rd Christine’s Blog
July 24th Devoted Mommy of 3
July 29th Literary, etc
July 30th Svetlana’s Reads and Views
August 1st WiLoveBooks
August 2nd Yah Gotta Read This!
August 3rd my name is: Sage
August 4th Romance and More
August 5th Books and Bindings

4 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.)

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