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I only got into reading again a couple of months ago and since cant stop looking for books that may take my interest. I really enjoyed this raunchy book and stayed up all night reading it as i couldnt put it down as i kept wanting to find out what would happen to each of the characters! Ive recommended this book to all my female friends already and thought id take the oppertunity to recommend it to all you dooyoo members too.
At parts i did feel there was too much detail as to how each character was feeling as sometimes this could go on for pages and you end up just not taking it in. But apart from that a nice beach read for all the ladies that would enjoy to see women taking men on at their own game and actually winning! Looking forward to Jo Rees's next book.
Platinum is a story about three women, all very different from one another, who in ordinary circumstances would have no occasion to meet. Frankie is a young girl working as a stewardess on board a fantastic yacht sailing around the Med. Peaches is LA's most famous 'madam' who spends her time supplying high class prostitutes to the rich and famous and organising the most depraved parties imaginable. Lady Emma Harvey is a British aristocrat and society hostess who supports her husband in his business ventures and lives in a wonderful stately home. They are the most unlikely trio ever to meet, let alone end up working together but that is what happens. As the story unfolds, disaster and tragedy befalls each of the women in turn. They either have the choice to allow these events to finish them or to fight back against whoever is behind them. That man is Yuri Khordinsky, a ruthless Russian business man, who will stop at nothing to achieve what he desires in both his professional and personal life.
The chapters in the first half of the book focus on each of the women in turn. This means that we keep up with each woman's story in every third chapter. I quite enjoyed switching between the three and found it very easy to keep track with each of their stories. Although some of the ideas were pretty far fetched, all three characters were likeable and interesting to learn about. You could sympathise with their plights and identify with them as women, even if it was hard to actually visualise the lives they led. Although there were many other minor characters as well, we did not really learn that much about them although many were instrumental to the events in the story. There was a wide array of Russian thugs, high class hookers and the British upper class all thrown in for good measure.
It was also interesting to see how the story moved between a number of widely different and sometimes exotic locations. These include Moscow, Marrakesh, Los Angeles, England, Cannes and the Caribbean and it was enjoyable to visit all these places even if only in one's imagination!
Overall, this was quite an engrossing story but one that did not make the reader work too hard. At times it felt a little unbelieveable but that isn't necessarily a bad thing if you're looking for a bit of escapism. There were times though when I felt that the different stories dragged a bit and I could feel my interest dwindling. It took a long time to get to the heart of the story and it was well over halfway through before we discovered the wrongdoings and the course of action needed to exact revenge. I would have preferred it if more of the story had focused on how the women worked together to gain revenge. This is covered in the latter part of the book but the writer could have gone into much more detail at times. I felt the book was a little imbalanced in the telling of the story.
Jo Rees does tell a good story in this novel, and ties all the different stories together very well. She build the tension well towards the end so that the reader is quite gripped and wondering how it will all end. The end might be a little predictable, as is a lot of the story, but that does not take away from it being an enjoyable read. It's the sort of book which would make perfect light holiday reading.
A version of this review has previously appeared on www.thebookbag.co.uk under my name.
This summer, I feel that us readers have been treated to a great amount of new fiction being released into the shops and our local libraries. As I just can't afford the prices of new books, my library must be loving me as I'm taking out more books than ever at the moment! I've mainly been getting my ideas from Amazon and the recommendations it gives to me based on what I've rated on there, and Platinum was one of these books. Again, I managed to get a copy from my library and I've finally finished the book so here is my review of it, at last!
Platinum focuses on the lives of 3 women all scorned by one man and how their lives were ruined by the evil Yuri Khordinsky. Frankie is a computer-whizz, but due to something that happened to her at home in South Africa, she's now a stewardess on board Pushkin, a yacht owned by rich businessman Alex. But when Frankie gets to know Alex better, is her life ever going to be the same? Peaches Gold is a high-class prostitute, running her own female-escort service (to put it politely!), and she knows secrets about the biggest names in Hollywood, but does someone know a secret about her? And finally, Lady Emma Harvey lives in England with her husband, who's about to open a Platinum mine in Russia. But when Emma is shocked to her core, will she get to the bottom of what really happened? The three women are unlikely allies, but they decide together, they have to bring down Yuri Khordinsky and make him pay for the tragedies he has caused.
Being a story that has 3 main characters, the author Jo Rees has written the book in the third person and has chosen to dedicate a chapter at a time to each character, allowing us to get a good glimpse into their lives and the background story before diving into the main crux of the story. This allows us to develop a likeness for all 3 of the characters, show us their differences and engross yourself a bit in the unbelievably glamourous lives of the three women. I immediately warmed to Frankie, found Emma a little hard to like but loved Peaches because she was so outrageous! All 3 are incredibly different, each living in a different part of the world; Frankie on the boat in the Carribean and Marrakesh, Peaches in LA and Emma in England, adding to the sumptuousness of the novel!
You can probably tell from the storyline that this isn't a novel set in the "real world" with realistic characters - each of them lives a life most of us could only dream about, but I quite enjoy this style of book actually! It's nice to occasionally be transported out of your day to day life of being a mum around the world to Marrakesh, to the Cannes Film Festival, the dark depths of Moscow and the staely homes of London all in one novel as well! Rees really does a great job in bringing these places to life in the story, making you feel as if you are there with the three women, living the life of luxury! And this is what I really loved - the author has a great ability to make you dream about these places and really visualise them, which makes the novel just a fantastic read overall.
The story is primarily a revenge story, but I will say that it did take a while to get into the whole reason for the revenge against Yuri, and what exactly happened to the women to make them want revenge. In a way, I preferred this as you could get to know the characters well enough, and then when they were wronged, you wanted them to win against Khordinsky's character and therefore you get passionate about it, despite how silly it might seem. I did wonder how Rees would be able to weave 3 totally different characters together in a way which would work, but she has done just that. They knit nicely together when required, but not in a sickly sweet way, purely in a business/revenge sense and this works for the purpose of this book.
I didn't expect to like this book to be honest, because it sounded somewhat unrealistic and a little bit silly, but once I started reading it, I just didn't want to put it down! I was desperate to know what was going to happen to the women to make them want revenge, and then after that, I wanted to see how they were going to exact their revenge on him. The characters were strong, likeable women who were incredibly well written, the places in the story were well written and I loved travelling the world in one book.There were nice characters, horrible Russian mafia characters, American FBI officers and posh society friends, and each of them helped make the book a rich world that the reader can really imagine and get involved in! It's a fun read, a real page turner and I'd definitely recommend it as a great summer read!
ISBN:978-0593058992. Published by Bantam Press in May 2008. The hardback copy has 432 pages, which is currently on sale on the Amazon website for £7.79.
Thank you for reading!