Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Book Review: The Assistants - Camille Perri





There's a quote on the front cover of this book that says, 'this is the next Devil Wears Prada'. But I'll go a bit further and say that I enjoyed this even more than The Devil Wears Prada!

I simply adored the main character, Tina Fontana, a 30-yr-old woman who has been an assistant to the CEO of a billion-dollar corporation, Robert Barlow, for six years.
Tina is over-worked and underpaid, and whilst Robert has been a good boss for the most part, she still feels as though she won't ever move forward in her career.
She does so much for him, including handling the purchasing of birthday gifts for his family, making reservations at restaurants, and booking flights.
One day, Tina is faced with the biggest dilemma of all when she books a flight for Robert. There is a technical error which results in a reimbursement of a cheque for the flight cost back into her account.
Whilst it would only be seen as a small amount of money to Robert, for Tina, this could change her life as she would be able to pay off her student loan debt.

So, after some deliberation, she cashes the cheque, but is soon caught out by Emily Johnson, the (fairly nasty) accounting assistant. Tina finds herself being blackmailed by Emily, and before she knows it, things spiral out from bad to worse. It's up to Tina to make things right again, but can she?

Ok, so this book condones embezzlement a little, but it doesn't take away the fact that it is was a fast-paced and very fun read, and at under 300 pages, a quick read too.  Even though there have been mixed reviews, I personally think Camille Perri has done a really great job with this debut novel! 

9 comments:

  1. Oooh this sounds like a good one and definitely my cup of tea :)

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  2. That does sound like a fun and interesting read! Thanks for linking up!!

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  3. I like short stories that manage to rope me in in so little pages. Sounds good!

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    1. It is a really good book Alicia; a lot of fun :)

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  4. Sounds like it at least deserves a Kindle sample download. I loved the Devil Wears Prada movie, was the book good?

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    1. Hi Jeanna, apologies for the late reply!! The book version of The Devil Wears Prada was quite good; a lot more detailed than the movie of course, but I think they managed to do a pretty good job with the film adaptation. The Assistants was a really good read, and because it's only a short book, it isn't a huge task to take on :)

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  5. Adding this one to my 'to read' list. Funny you mention The Devil Wears Prada as I'm currently reading a book along similar lines — and loving it! Thanks for sharing this title. PS Thanks also for your lovely Frocktober donation today, it was so very gratefully received. x

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    1. Ooh, I'd love to know the title of the one you're reading!! And you're very welcome for the Frocktober donation xxx

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