Title: Slipping on Stardust
There’s nothing like the arrival of a Hollywood star to stir the passions of the people of Johnson, a sleepy small town in Ohio. During his stay with Johnson’s most physically appealing family, the star shakes up the lives of the reigning queen of the local theatre scene, her lawyer husband, and the couple’s handsome but sexually undecided son. Add a scandal at the husband’s law firm and a kidnapping with suicide demanded as ransom and you have what propels family members to New York City and Hollywood and Gordon Osmond’s debut novel to its shattering conclusion. Those who have ever been involved in small-town life, regional theatre, adolescent rebellion, or legal entanglements, and those who admire the works of Oscar Wilde and Kurt Vonnegut, to whose writing style Osmond’s has been likened, will find themselves within the fast-turning pages of Slipping on Stardust.
Author: Gordon Osmond
Published by Secret Cravings Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: 11 January, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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This was more of an anti-romantic suspense novel, with so many characters that are less than desirable, and only a few moments of HEA to characters that deserve and appreciate love and devotion. Gordon Osmond has created a wonderfully twisted story, with characters that evoke deeply emotional responses: usually dislike. More than once I had to quell the urge to slap a character about the head and shoulders, hoping that they would smarten up, or get punished for their horrible behavior.
It is a particular talent to create characters that are not only flawed, but completely unaware of their own bad behaviors and still you need to read to find out what happens. Mixed among the characters that have a litany of traits that should have banished them to the naughty step: there are some gems. And seeing just where they go, and how their stories play out make this a page turner that you won’t want to put down.
My favorites were Danton and Erin. Danton is incredibly patient and able to see beyond the manipulations of his wife to keep his own goals in mind. Far from perfect, his steadiness in the face of all of the dramatics and drama queens, male and female, is admirable. Erin is solid and strong: not needing to tell you how wonderful she is, her goodness and loyalty, her candor that is used to improve situations and her overall intelligence make her likeable, even when she is in the middle of some untenable situations.
The presentation of stars that never were, stars that were fading, and the attitudes and self-absorption of most of the characters was incredibly well written and life-like: in fact I could place actual people into many of the roles with ease. Osmond has a real skill for showing the gritty reality of a series of broken people, and keeping you intrigued and interested until the end. And, with the multitude of twists, including three major twists that changed the direction of the story more than once, the need to know who, where and how are puzzles that rival a Gordian Knot, and just as satisfying.
I received an eBook from the publisher for purpose of honest review for the Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.