Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (2 Aug 2012)
From the boardroom to the bedroom, the catwalk to the gutter, it’s the survival of the fittest to stay on top …
From the suburbs of Luton to the avenues of Manhattan, starry-eyed fashionista Coco Raeburn has worked her way up the ladder. She’ll do anything to get her own editorship at a top fashion magazine – even if it means starving herself half to death.
Her idol is ruthless Victoria Glossop, editor at top fashion magazine Style. She has her own ambitions and nothing will come between her and her goal – at least not until an enigmatic stranger comes into her life and thaws the ice queen in the most wicked ways possible
Svengali Jacob Dupleix, media magnate, owner of Style is one of the most powerful men in New York and London. But is the glittering empire he has built about to collapse due to a dangerous liaison … ?
Killer Heels begins with a prologue. Coco Raeburn is in Manhattan in present time. The reader is made aware of the obsession she has with her weight and her dependency on her fiancée.
Part One begins with London in the past and we learn how Jodie became Coco. We also learn Victoria’s family background and we meet Mireille on a fashion shoot in Morocco. Victoria and Mireille are both strong women who want to rule the fashion world. Both are composed and elegant but with very different personalities …. Victoria is so tightly controlled whereas Mireille is portrayed as warm and open.
In Part Two, Coco is in her fiancee’s penthouse on Fifth Avenue. She is alone and waiting for him when a woman arrives. This is so tantalising as we don’t know who the woman is but we do know that something isn’t quite right.
Part Three takes us forward to Manhattan in the present time and from here we weave backwards and forwards as the plot builds.
I really enjoyed the structure of the two different timelines and was hooked by the scenes with Coco in her fiancee’s penthouse. Although I was caught up in the story I wanted to get to the part where we found out what was going to take place in the pivotal scene.
The characters take us along with them in this world and I really enjoyed the change we see in response to events. I have to say that by the end of the story, my favourite character was Victoria. I admired her for being able to live her life tightly-controlled without letting that slip (takes so much energy!) and so enjoyed that poise shattered when she starts engaging in life rather than controlling it.
Killer Heels was pure escapism for me. I enjoyed spending time in the fashion world with all the glamour and glitz (which is far removed from my life!) and the relationships. The sex scenes are pretty dynamite too (very well written) making this a bonkbuster that rivals all the ones I’ve read previously. Definitely one for your bookshelf … it will take you out of your everyday world and let you experience life on another level!
I would like to thank the publishers for sending a copy in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve also read and reviewed Bad Sisters (August 2011) You can check out my review on my blog (apologies for the formatting as it is imported from Blogger).
Bad Angels is the next novel from Rebecca Chance, which is out now (November 8th 2012). It has a Christmas theme and of course includes everything we’ve come to expect:
Step into Limehouse Wharf, the new, uber-luxury apartment building in Canary Wharf where celebrities who have had ‘work’ done can hole up until they have healed and which is about to see its most glamorous and scandalous Christmas yet. Staying there over the festive period is Melody Down, an actress whose career is in tatters after too much plastic surgery and who has fled LA to get her body and her boyfriend back. But is a ‘well-meaning’ friend about to sabotage all of Melody’s Christmas wishes? Meanwhile, Aniela Fatyga, the nurse in residence, finds herself falling for the unlikely Jon Jordan, an assassin for hire who is also convalescing there. Will her feelings be reciprocated or will their sizzling relationship remain purely physical? And who is he on the run from? And then there’s oligarch Grigor Khalofsky, the owner of Kensington football team, whose legendary Christmas party is about to get a whole lot more exciting when murder, blackmail and scandalous revelations decide to pay a visit along with Santa.