Crimes Against a Book Club

"Crimes Against a Book Club” is about two best friends, Annie and Sarah, who need money badly so they decide to set-up a beauty business where they sell knock-off twenty-dollar anti-aging face cream to rich clients for two thousand a pop. But Annie decides to add a secret illegal ingredient that might mess up everything!

When I first picked up the book, I thought that it would focus more on the beauty business side of things, except that it didn’t. It was mostly about the different characters and their personal growth because of using the product, which wasn’t bad. I still enjoyed the book, but I was a bit surprised.

The multiple character POVs also caught me off guard. Annie and Sarah are the main characters so I just expected their POVs, but there is at least five other character POVs. Usually multiple POVs (more than three) annoy me because I hate constant head-hopping, but the author did a nice job here. I did think some of them POVs were unnecessary, but still nicely done.

The multiple POVs actually made me like the other characters more because many of them came off as rich and snobby, but letting them reader get into their minds made them more complex and likeable. Kim, a secondary character, was my favorite character in the whole book and there were only like maybe four or five chapters from her POV.

One thing that bothered me while reading was that there was a lot of telling vs showing, especially in the beginning when we first meet the main characters. Instead of showing us that a character was smart or beautiful or happy—the author just told us and it wasn’t a one-time thing. It happened A LOT. But as I got deeper into the novel, it didn’t happen as much.

Overall, it was a good read. The plot was light and fun, but a bit…unbelievable at times yet it still entertained me and made me want to know what happened next. This story definitely has its flaws, but the good outweigh the bad.

Book Blurb for Crimes Against a Book Club

Best friends Annie and Sarah need cash—fast. Sarah, a beautiful, successful lawyer, wants nothing more than to have a baby. But balancing IVF treatments with a grueling eighty-hour workweek is no walk in the park. Meanwhile, Annie, a Harvard-grad chemist recently transplanted to Southern California, is cutting coupons to afford her young autistic son’s expensive therapy.

Desperate, the two friends come up with a brilliant plan: they’ll combine Sarah’s looks and Annie’s brains to sell a “luxury” antiaging face cream to the wealthy, fading beauties in Annie’s La Jolla book club. The scheme seems innocent enough, until Annie decides to add a special—and oh-so-illegal—ingredient that could bring their whole operation crashing to the ground.

Hilarious, intelligent, and warm, Crimes Against a Book Club is a delightful look at the lengths women will go to fend for their families and for one another.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2017 3.50