Alice Love keeps her life (and job, and family) running in perfect order, so when her bank card is declined, she thinks it’s just a mistake. Sadly, someone has emptied her bank account, spending her savings on glamorous trips, sexy lingerie, and a to-die-for wardrobe-and leaving Alice with lots of debt. As a dashing fraud investigator helps her unravel the intriguing paper trail, Alice discovers that the thief is closer to home than she ever imagined. What’s more, it seems like her alter ego’s reckless, extravagant lifestyle is the one Alice should have been leading all along. As the little white lies begin to stack up, how far will Alice go to find the truth?
About the Author
Twenty-five-year-old Abby McDonald grew up in Sussex, England, and studied politics and philosophy at Oxford University. She began writing in college, completing her first novel before graduating to work as a music journalist. Her novel The Popularity Rules comes out in Fall 2011, and she has also written the young adult books Sophomore Swap and Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots. Visit www.abbymcdonald.com
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition (March 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402253133
- ISBN-13: 978-1402253133
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT
Alice Love is completely obsessive when it comes to keeping her career and life as organized as possible, so when her debit card is declined for a small amount, she is sent into a tailspin. It comes to light that an old, so-called, friend has stolen her identity which opens up a whole new world for Alice. Alice is honest, forthright and a bit shy, so she can’t even begin to imagine that anyone would take advantage of her. This forces her to examine her life lived in detail and confront the thief. This story is about how faced with the absurdity of fate, once can develop into a stronger and more self resilient person.
This story could have been ripped from the headlines since identity theft is such a common problem these days that can totally damage a person both mentally and financially. Alice has been through both since she is forced to move home after her rent check bounces and she finds the theft has not only taken all of her money, but her credit as well. One point that bothered me was that the bank was not very helpful in helping resolve this, but then, Alice would never have taken her obsessiveness to track down the thief.
There are many plots twist, travels to exotic locations (LA!) as Alice tries to expose the person and their reasons for ruining her life. In the end, Alice discovers herself and learns more than any amount of money could buy. I also loved Alice’s step-sister Flora, that was the sunny voice of optimism and tried to help her out. This could almost be classified as chick lit, but it has a lot more thought than shoes in it. If you enjoy Madeleine Wickham, you will love this one. I received this book as no expense in exchange for my honest review.
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