When I first started writing book reviews, I had never heard of Jen Turano, but now that I’ve read a couple of her books, I’m seriously hooked! She has such an amazing way with words, and a really delightful way of storytelling in general. This book was no exception!
The book opens up with Agatha Watson, a reporter with the New York Tribune, finding a pig in her hotel room. Seriously. If that wasn’t enough to grab your attention from the very start, then I’m not sure what would be! The pig (who is extremely opposed to being called a pig, and has to be referred to by name – Matilda) becomes a very important part of the story, as Agatha has to save her from inevitable doom if she stays in the hotel, and chooses to take her along on her adventures after leaving. Agatha’s desire to save Matilda says a lot about her character though, and not just that she IS a character (although that’s partially true), but that she really does want to save the people/animals in her life that are facing injustice. That carries through to everything she does – and is a huge reason why she’s travelling with a bodyguard. Agatha has written stories that have angered a whole lot of people, because she’s shared things that many people prefer not be shared… and she is trying hard to right the wrongs that have been done by others. Along the way, she meets up with an old friend, Zayne Beckett, and decides that he needs to be helped. She drives her bodyguard crazy, finds out that her companion is also a bodyguard, and a whole lot more… the book is filled with surprises, and is a whole lot of fun to read. While in many ways the ending was “predictable”, the way they got to that point definitely wasn’t. This book was definitely worth reading, and had me laughing out loud at points – I will be keeping it to read again!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review. I was in no way required to write anything positive – all thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.