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Review: TAKING HOLLYWOOD, by Shari King

"The story sucks you in as a great beach read that entertains"


1993. Davie Johnston, Zander Leith and Mirren McLean, childhood friends from a rough housing estate in Glasgow, have taken Hollywood by storm.

Only they know what they did to get there...

2013. Davie is now the top host and reality-show producer in town, Mirren is a respected director and Zander is box-office gold. Bt they haven't spoken to each other in 20 years, their relationship devastated by one horrific secret.

Thousands of miles away, a young, ambitious journalist discovers a tantalising story from the pat. Tinseltown beckons and, in a city where nothing is as it seems, she is determined to expose the ind of scandalous drama that usually only happens in movies.

The glamour of Jackie Collins meets the grit of Martina Cole in the dark heart of a sun-bleached Los Angeles.


If you like your murders mixed with a spot of Hollywood glamour, then this is for you. The tale switches between the shallow world of Tinseltown in present day, and events that unfolded back in Glasgow in the mid-1980s, the repercussions of which are still being felt.

I received a preview copy, as the book isn't available to purchase until 14 August. But I found that the story sucks you in and rocks along nicely as a great beach read that entertains rather than sends shivers down your spine.

The book has been written by Los Angeles-based presenter Ross King and British-based, best-selling author Shari Low. Some of the Hollywood scenes are brilliantly executed, really casting a harsh light on the silliness and superficiality of the place – one tv presenter’s smile was described as being wider than her anorexic thigh! There are similarly acerbic barbs scattered all the way through, and that is where the book really comes into its own. For a book that describes itself as a criminal Jackie Collins, it delivers!


Taking Hollywood, Shari Low and Ross King.

Macmillan. Paperback £7.99, ebook £9.99

Available from 14 August 2014



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