Book Review: Crimes Against a Book Club

Amazon synopsis: “Best friends Annie and Sarah need cash—fast. Sarah, a beautiful, successful lawyer, wants nothing more than to have a baby. But balancing IVF treatments with a grueling eighty-hour workweek is no walk in the park. Meanwhile, Annie, a Harvard-grad chemist recently transplanted to Southern California, is cutting coupons to afford her young autistic son’s expensive therapy.

Desperate, the two friends come up with a brilliant plan: they’ll combine Sarah’s looks and Annie’s brains to sell a “luxury” antiaging face cream to the wealthy, fading beauties in Annie’s La Jolla book club. The scheme seems innocent enough, until Annie decides to add a special—and oh-so-illegal—ingredient that could bring their whole operation crashing to the ground.

Hilarious, intelligent, and warm, Crimes Against a Book Club is a delightful look at the lengths women will go to fend for their families and for one another.Best friends Annie and Sarah need cash—fast. Sarah, a beautiful, successful lawyer, wants nothing more than to have a baby. But balancing IVF treatments with a grueling eighty-hour workweek is no walk in the park. Meanwhile, Annie, a Harvard-grad chemist recently transplanted to Southern California, is cutting coupons to afford her young autistic son’s expensive therapy.

Desperate, the two friends come up with a brilliant plan: they’ll combine Sarah’s looks and Annie’s brains to sell a “luxury” antiaging face cream to the wealthy, fading beauties in Annie’s La Jolla book club. The scheme seems innocent enough, until Annie decides to add a special—and oh-so-illegal—ingredient that could bring their whole operation crashing to the ground.

Hilarious, intelligent, and warm, Crimes Against a Book Club is a delightful look at the lengths women will go to fend for their families and for one another.”

Length: 322 pages

Publisher and date: Lake Union Publishing on May 1, 2017

Destiny’s Thoughts

Where I found the book: As an Amazon prime member, I got this book for free pre-released (Amazon doesn’t sponsor me but I really want them to). The letter from the editor sounded interesting enough and I was looking for some humor in April when I was in my last quarter of college at UCSB.

How it’s written: Cooperman switches the third person focus every chapter with most chapters going to Annie and Sarah. It is hilarious, witty, and keeps you engaged.

What I like: The prologue already shares the ending but the fun of the book is how do we get from a woman at a book club to a woman in court. The woman of the La Jolla book club endeared me to the troubles of the rich in our society. Annie sees them as gullible women that will do anything to look young again. It’s Sarah that really gets to know each woman individually and we, as the reader, get to see there is more dimensions to some of these women than imagined.

Final Thoughts: I absolutely loved this book. Beginning to end, it was fun and interesting. Not wanting to spoil too much of anything, I will say I had a lot of issue with the special ingredient and foresaw immediately the issue with replenishing her stock. It was still fun to read and see how Annie hoped to resolve the matter, no matter how cringe-worthy it got.

Definitely looking forward to reading another by Kathy Cooperman.

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