Carla Caruso, Cliquemedia
Wow, what a page-turner. The Agency is an insight into the glamorous, cut-throat world that is book publishing. It’s a nice departure from the traditional chick-lit route of the protagonist being, say, a magazine writer or a fashion stylist. Entering the book publishing world is like opening a new can of worms.
Like TV chefs and fashion bloggers, authors are the new “black”. Thanks to the success of writers like J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer, authors are feted with deals in film and TV. They’re the new faces of the celebrity world.
And, this is the industry in which Tess, the novel’s main character, makes her business. But, along with the hefty successes along the way, things can also go decidedly pear-shaped – like when a plagiarism lawsuit threatens to eat into the profits of a bestselling author (and her agency).
Tess is an imperfect protagonist. She’s sleeping with the men of two women, who despise her.
She plans to go out on her own in business – until the mysterious death of her boss threatens to bring down her career in flames. It’s a rollercoaster of a ride.
The author, Ally O’Brien, is actually the pseudonym for a writing duo, which includes an internationally-bestselling author of suspense novels and a successful entertainment agent, based in London. So, there is obviously more than a grain of truth in this tome.
This is a novel that will grip you so thoroughly that you will likely miss your bus stop when reading it en-route. Indeed, it’s a must-read.
PS. Look out for a cameo from Tom Cruise.
Available now: Allen & Unwin RRP$23.99