Clara Knowles, Gloria’s goody-two-shoes cousin, has arrived to make sure the high-society wedding comes off without a hitch—but Clara isn’t as lily-white as she appears. Seems she has some dirty little secrets of her own that she’ll do anything to keep hidden. . . .
Lorraine Dyer, Gloria’s social-climbing best friend, is tired of living in Gloria’s shadow. When Lorraine’s envy spills over into desperate spite, no one is safe. And someone’s going to be very sorry. . . .
I grew up in Illinois, and I’ve lived in Chicago for the past fifteen years. So when I saw this book coming out, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
It’s definitely a high-tension, high-drama story. The girls are being shoved into certain images either because it’s what expected of them or because they’re trying to hide from something else. But they don’t necessarily belong in those little boxes, and it’s interesting watching them try to get out.
I will say, though, that this wasn’t my favorite book. There is lots of what I call ‘girl drama,’ which is girls being mean to each other with very little motivation. There also isn’t much understanding or sympathy between friendships, which makes them appear shallow and convenient rather than deep and strong. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing—it’s just not my personal preference.
The details surrounding the time period were well done, especially around the speakeasies and dress styles. I had a clear image of the grungy basement turned glamorous, the crush of people, and the smoky air. It didn’t quite capture the complexities of the era, but what was there was very good.
If you like drama, this story has it in spades. If not, then you might want to look elsewhere.