Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Following Polly
Author: Karen Bergreen
Publisher: St. Martin's
Release Date: August 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic Mystery
Year/Setting: Present Day/NYC
Overall Rating: 4.
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: None/Negligible
Karen's Website/Blog: www.karenbergreen.net
It will come as no surprise, when you start reading this book, to know that the author is a stand-up comedian…it is THAT funny.
Mona Hawkins is the ultimate casting director in NYC. And this story all begins because a Director wants Mona to get the ‘it’ girl in Hollywood into his movie. This was a complete setup because the powerhouse actress wouldn’t do it, so Mona simply set up a fake casting call and then gave the job to a young ‘unknown.’ Then, after the ‘it’ girl became jealous, she jumped at the role and the young, unknown was just sent away.
One of Mona’s assistants - the bright and slightly quirky, Alice Teakle - blabs to the young girl so her feelings aren’t so hurt, and Alice finds herself on the pavement with no job whatsoever. Alice’s father is deceased, and her mother is very much like one of the "Real Housewives," who was a soap opera and ‘bit part’ actress, who is incredibly wealthy. She is also remarried to a British man who seems to be a lot like a cartoon character with a funny accent.
The one thing Alice now has is complete and utter time on her hands since she was fired. What to do? Become a stalker. Now, Alice isn’t the type who would hurt anyone, but she is certainly a good stalker, seeing as that absolutely everyone ignores her. So, she begins to stalk a woman by the name of Polly. Polly is the ultimate ‘Breck’ girl - perfect in every way - and knew Alice back when they went to Harvard. She didn’t know Alice well, of course, she just spoke to her and then simply forgot who Alice was. Polly is now married to the ultimate director, Humphrey Dawson, she is filthy rich, and she runs a very popular lingerie line.
Alice remembers all the conversations she’s ever had with her best and only friend, Jean, whose favorite saying was always, "Polly will get hers one day." And…Jean is absolutely right. Alice is stalking Polly when she comes across Polly’s dead body on the floor. Unfortunately, since she took on stalking as her only daily pursuit, Alice is suddenly the prime suspect and she has to find a way to get herself out of the ‘goo’ she’s placed herself into; with the help of the one man who Alice has had a crush on forever who is now her lawyer.
The character is truly hysterical, and the story is so much fun to read that you will not want it to end! Enjoy!
Until next time,
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