Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sugar Tower

Jessica Dee Rohm

Set in today's Manhattan, Sugar Tower is a sharp and funny tale of a woman forced to reinvent herself as the platforms she built her life upon are dissolving beneath her feet. With uncanny perceptiveness, this novel delves into societal shifts that impact us all - the real estate bubble, the decline of feminism, the obsolescence of print journalism - in the context of a murder mystery that titillates and dazzles from beginning to end. 

My Take:  

First off, my compliments to the author.  I generally find just about anything to do with real estate akin to a sleeping pill.  I understand it is important to have a basic knowledge of how it all works, which I do, but I find it all to be a fast track ticket to snoozeville.  I did however keep my mind open to the possibility of enjoying this book, and I'm glad I was open to it, because I found it very interesting indeed.  I actually learned a lot about the business, but it was intermingled so well with the intriguing storyline and characters that I found myself excitedly moving from one page to another.  One thing I was bummed about was that I pegged the killer, motive and method basically right away.  I think that is due to the fact that I have a million cops in my family and I have watched (WAAAAAAY too many) hours of CSI (Vegas only, I'm a native Las Vegan so I'm a purist that way), Law and Order SVU, Castle, Bones, Mentalist, you name it.  I have a freaky talent for picking the bad guy the second he or she is introduced before they even say a word.  Though I had it pegged right away, I still enjoyed seeing it all unfold.  I really enjoyed the characters in this book, except I don't think I loved the protagonist as much as I was supposed to, but oh well, to each his own, right?  Overall I thought this book was a fascinating real estate/murder mystery hybrid and I will absolutely be reading more by this author.  The writing style was smart and funny pulling together an extremely entertaining read.  For me personally, it isn't a keep on your bookshelf forever type of book, but still pretty dang good and rate it a 3 Find a Used Book Store.

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

If Sugar Tower was a movie, it would be rated R for sporadic but strong language


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GraceKrispy said...

I like your "movie" ratings- neat idea! Thanks for directing me to your blog :)

Grace @ MotherLode

Sheila Deeth said...

Intriguing review. Sometimes books really surprise us.

Cozy in Texas said...

I stopped by your blog today. Great review. Sorry you figured it all out too soon.

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Jenn said...

A real estate/murder mystery hybrid, eh? That alone is enough to get me to read this. :) Thanks for the review!

Melissa Romo said...

Thanks for this review, Kate. I love books with strong female characters. I'll look for this. Was it self-published? The cover looked a little homespun.
Looking forward to your next review...

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