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I recently got this book free when I bought Company magazine, for only £2. I always love a bargain so was very chuffed with the purchase - especially as at the time I didn't have anything else to read.
I had heard of Jackie Collins before but I'd never actually read any of her books. I'd heard that she writes the kind of novels you'd read on holiday, and I suppose you might call it chick lit - although this book seems a bit more fast paced than say, Confessions of a Shopaholic, is.
The title basically sums up what the book is about. It's about a bitch, simple as that. It says on the cover of the book, "She's a woman who always gets what she wants . . . And they call her the Bitch . . . "
The bitch is a woman called Fontaine Khaled. She is in her forties, she has recently got divorced to her very rich husband because she was sleeping with younger men, but of course she still has loads of money, and she needs it for the lifestyle she leads. She owns her own nightclub, she has a different man basically every night, basically she does what she wants and gets whatever she wants. And by the way she treats people in the book you can tell that she really is a bitch.
The other main character of the book is a man called Nico Constantine, and he is exactly the male version of Fontaine. There are a series of events throughout the book that bring the two of them to meet and when they do you just know they will end up being together (even though they consider each other too old for themselves).
The Observer has said about this book, "Casinos, swimming pools, orgies, race horses, gansters, sex-in-the-shower- it's all there!" And it is.
It is well written so that the words flow easily as you read it, and it's quite an easy read so I thought it was a perfect read for the summer holidays. It didn't take me long to read this as it isn't too thick and doesn't require much brain power. It isn't suitable for children as there arelots of scenes of an adult nature, I will say.
The book is quite old as it was written in the seventies, although this doesn't stop it being an enjoyable read in any way. I found it quite funny as I was reading this, as at first I thought it was a new book, and it describes this glamorous lifestyle led by Fontaine and then suddenly it talks about her going to a nightclub and dancing to the Beegees! I just thought that part was quite funny as you would never expect to hear the Beegees playing in a night club nowadays!
I would recommend this because I thought it was an enjoyable read and a nice easy read for the summer holidays.