If any author can be credited with dominating a genre, Jackie Collins certainly fits the bill. Her books have gone full circle and beyond, often being used to describe their genre rather than the other way around. For fans of the author’s historically sensational combination of glitz and bawdiness, The Power Trip will be a happy journey into the iconic world of Jackie Collins. Her knack for creating outrageous and colorful characters – from the likable to the outright detestable – is in full swing; every guest on the indomitable yacht is defined in detail, making the book play out in the reader’s mind like a boldly imagined film. There are possibly more characters to dislike than there are to like amid The Power Trip, and the unlikable ones are extreme in their villainy. I did, however, find myself connecting strongly to the characters whom quickly became my favorites – determined Sierra and intrepid Flynn – as well as being pleasantly surprised by my growing affection for others – most notably cheeky Cliff and his adventurous girlfriend, Lori. Rumor has it that the celebrity guests were reimagined by Collins based on real-life stars, which adds a certain amount of gossipy intrigue to the book.
The story Collins has dreamed up takes its time unraveling, luxuriating at the beginning before zipping through an exciting final act. The pace she keeps is complimentary to the story and shows her experience as a storyteller. For someone who is so well-versed in her genre, one might expect that Collins’s formula could become predictable in this, her twenty-ninth novel, but her surprises pack a great punch. As expected, The Power Trip pushes boundaries in a way that will either turn readers off or leave them wanting more. Jackie Collins has created a quintessential page-turning adventure of sex, money, and murder that feels like taking a trip away from the winter climbs and into the absolute glamour of summertime.
Title: The Power Trip Author: Jackie Collins Genre: romance, suspense Publisher: St. Martin's Press Release date: February 12, 2013 Source: Get Red PR (c/o) Buy the book: Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble Connect with the author: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads