Beauty - Louise Mensch
Source: Review copy courtesy of Headline Review
Blurb: Dream Big. No Limits. Be Bold. Manhattan is there for the taking.
Blend it. Sculpt it. Shape it. Use it...
There isn't a woman on earth who doesn't have her beauty secrets. But for Dina Kane, beauty is more than just business. It's power. And it is the secret. She's dragged herself up from poverty to Park Avenue. She's rolled with the punches. And she's learned how to win.
Now someone is out to destroy her, and all she's built. They've underestimated Dina Kane. She's staying at the top - and she's happy to wait for the perfect moment to exact her revenge...
Review: I'm ashamed to say I am a book cover snob. I know I shouldn't be because I've read so many books that have been brilliant, but do have poor covers. Knowing Louise Mensch is Louise Bagshawe is the only reason I read this.
I am so glad I did, yet again the saying don't judge a book by its cover literally comes into play.
Beauty is a deep, dark tale of family and relationships. Showing how things in our childhood can affect and map out certain ways and things in our future.
Straight away you are overcome with such hatred and disgust that you give your heart to heroine Dina Kane. Such a subtle character with so much determination that by the end of the book you actually have your shoulders back and head held high with pride. Oh my god haha I've just really shown my book geekiness there haven't I?
As you can already tell from what I have written already I enjoyed this book immensely. I do, however, have one issue with it that being it has such a big dramatic build up from the very start that I can't help but feel like the last two chapters could have more to them in detail and depth like the previous ones. It didn't spoil the book for exactly I just wanted that little bit extra. I know I'm greedy.
Pure cutthroat business and revenge plots. Big money and beauty.