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I have brought every book that Tasmina Perry has written so far and will continue to so in the future. I've still yet to finish her second book Golddiggers, which was not as easy to get into as her others. I think Original Sin is one of her best novel so far, it has a girly pink glamorous cover.
Tess Garett - hired by Meridith
Meridith Asgill - mother of Brooke, Sean and Linda, and Paula
Brooke Asgill - daughter of Meridith
Sean Asgill - son of Meridith
Linda Asgill - daughter of Meridith
Paula - Asgill - daughter of Meridith
David Billington - engaged to Brooke and also running for congress
The Asgill family own a multimillion dollar cosmetic company and the Billington's are a political family from old money.
Tabloid editor Tess Garett is hired by Meridith Asgill, to be the family's personal publicist. Brooke Asgill is due to marry David Billington, but there's risk of the wedding not going ahead if the Asgill's family's secrets and antics are revealed. The biggest scandal surrounding the Asgill's is the death of a young Hollywood actress called Olivia Martin, back in 1964 who disappeared after Meredith's wedding. Meridith's late husband Howard Asgill is thought to have something to do with Olivia Martin's disappearance. There were rumours that Howard may have even murdered the actress, though a body was never found. Meredith's son Sean Asgill is known as a playboy and his antics are set to destroy the family's name. Tess meets Sean Asgill after his latest spell in rehab and takes an instant dislike to him. Tess's opinion of Sean changes as she spends more time with him. Tess then begins to question whether the money and the perks of the job are really that important.
Tasmina is a brilliant writer and was a journalist before she started writing novels. Original sin is 544 long in hardback and is currently £8.86 on Amazon. It 's also available in paperback for just £3.99 on Amazon and is has 672 pages.
Tasmina Perry writes another outstanding novel. I read Gold Diggers, another book of hers, which was the first to encapsulate me into her writing style - sex, scandal and celebrity gossip, what more could you want!
The story follows the struggles, break-ups and make-ups of the respected Asgill family and of Tess Garrett; the young English journalist who gets hired by the head of Asgill family to protect their secrets from the public and hold their place as respected socialites.
The book begins by introducing Tess - keen to be a news editor, but stuck in a dead-end job as a journalist. She discovers a scandalous story about one of the Asgill children, and is ready to print until Meredith Asgill - the head of the Asgill family and the Asgill Cosmetics company, hires her as their new publicist to prevent such scandal about any of her 4 children and their partners from becoming public knowledge. With one of the children, Brooke, set to marry one of the richest and most eligible bachelors in America, Tess has her work cut out in hiding the secrets that this family so wish to keep - as well as finding out a few of her own.
The book is quite long at 512 pages, but it's worth the read - one that could be saved for a good holiday read. You get sucked right into the lives of all the characters and the number of twists and turns have you feeling and thinking of their experiences as real life. A bit slow in the middle, but once you get past the bits that drag (mostly the backgrounds of the less important characters, but it's stuff that you need to know), you won't be able to put it down. Anger, sadness, lust - so many emotions, and Perry manages to bring the reader into feeling every one just as mush as the character does. Another excellent yarn.