Saturday, 28 December 2013

Star Island by Carl Hiaasen

Date finished: 28 December 2013

Rating: 4*

While twenty-two-year-old pop star Cherry Pyre attempts to stage a comeback from her latest drug fuelled disaster, her “stunt double” Ann has the hardly glamorous job of throwing the paparazzi off the scent when the starlet causes a scene. But when Anne is kidnapped by an obsessed paparazzo because of her resemblance to the starlet, a fast, funny and furious race against time ensues to rescue Ann from a terrible fate.

Hiaasen provides a wonderfully witty and satirical approach to what turned into a truly hilarious and entertaining thriller. His insight into the typical “girl-gone-wild” celebrity lifestyle, and exaggeration of the drama and entertainment of working with celebrities never failed to amuse me and keep me hooked until the last page of the epilogue had been turned, and I was left with tears streaming from my eyes after laughing so hard. His talent at spinning a cleverly humorous yet interesting storyline was proved when the absolute climax of hilarity, absurdity and excitement was reached in the last chapter, which made the novel an utterly worthwhile read.

Star Island is a wonderful way to enter the world of crime writing. Its easy-to-follow storyline and tongue-in-cheek humor make it an overall addictive and amusing novel, and I recommend it to any other readers looking for a thrilling yet humorous read. 

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