At the age of 79, the elusive Sixties Hollywood starlet Evelyn Hugo decides to tell the story of her life, on the condition that she speaks only to little-known writer Monique Grant. No one can quite understand why Hugo has chosen Monique, most of all Monique, but she jumps at a chance to kick-start her career with this scoop. As Evelyn unravels all her secrets, including the ins and outs of her numerous marriages, her story hurtles towards a tragic intersection with Monique’s own life, finally revealing why she was chosen to tell Evelyn’s story.
I feel like I’m coming to the party late on this book, but anyway, I loved this! The structure was great – I liked how Monique’s life framed Evelyn’s retelling of her career and that the text was interspersed with news clippings from tabloids. The characters were complex and interesting, even if they weren’t always likable. The story of Evelyn’s life had me captivated. The twist at the end took me completely by surprise, and more than once I found myself tearful as Evelyn slowly outlives everyone she loves. I truly enjoyed every moment of this wonderful book.
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
*I received a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*