Is there ever a good reason for revenge? In What Goes Around, five women set out to find the truth behind the mysterious death of their friend, Ginger Pass. When local law enforcement does not seem inclined to search for those responsible, her friends spring into action.
Polly, Kat, Charlotte, Dinah and Justine each have their own skill-set as well as connections around the Los Angeles area. Their sleuthing leads them to a trio of rich powerful men desperate to keep their involvement a secret.
Because the women are members of a self-help group, they are aware they have issues of their own. Once the women make the decision to investigate Ginger's death, and do something about it, their feelings of empowerment increase.
In the process of trying to understand a beautiful woman's demise, their relationships with one another, and with family and friends, are acknowledged, challenged, and stretched. What they find out about themselves and one another during the process commands the reader's attention and may even cause reflection.
Susan Diamond has written an intense novel. Taking her time with detailed description and a captivating plot gives enhanced depth to the story. The perceptive reader will find nuggets of truth, not only about the story line, but also about life itself.
What Goes Around is a wonderful story of the give and take necessary to make relationships work. How far does one bend, commit, or let go to keep one's life intact? Each of the women finds in themselves something they did not expect. Their success changes their lives. Spending time with these fascinating women will touch yours.
What Goes Around is part murder mystery, part caper and all about revenge. More specifically, it's about the rewards of a good revenge, "good" meaning both justified and well-done.
The story features five women who set out to avenge the death of a friend at the hands of three of the most powerful men in California. They know only that the body of Ginger Pass was found on a path outside an exclusive men's club during the club's summer retreat, and they alone know that Ginger worked secretly as a high-priced call girl. Drawing on their own intelligence, professional connections and moral outrage, the five--a financially savvy widow, the owner of a chain of sports clubs, a dermatologist, an estate lawyer and a deputy tax assessor--piece together what happened and plot a necessarily anonymous and covert revenge against each man. And in the course of carrying out this campaign, each woman finds the conviction to change her own life.
Polly, Kat, Dinah, Charlotte and Justine are not practiced sleuths but competent, successful women in their thirties and forties--thoughtful, witty and ironic. They're also aware that what they're doing is morally valid but dangerous...and thus doubly satisfying.
For all the action and adventure, revenge is a fairly dark concept and the themes of the story are serious: the way success breeds success, the righting of wrongs, the power of friendship, and the thin line between life and death, public and private life, achievement and discontent.