The Blonde

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The Blonde

Let me begin by saying that my original interest in this novel was peaked as I am a tremendous Marilyn Monroe fan. As an actress, she always had a very unique air of innocence or naiveté that she often used to her advantage. It is this trait that author Anna Godbersen draws on in this intriguing novel. I found the novel fascinating, and quite difficult to put down. The storyline had numerous twists and turns, and was such a unique story that it kept me very engaged. This is a novel that I believe many readers will find thoroughly engaging, as it brings new fictional life to a beautiful starlet who left us far too soon.

Marilyn Monroe is a name that millions know. Her face has graced thousands of magazines, and movie screens near and far. But she is still an enigma. Who is this beautiful blonde? Is she really the ditzy starlet who waltzes across the movie screens? Or is she something, or someone, else? This is the question on everyone’s mind in The Blonde, as Marilyn cavorts around the globe with the likes of JFK, among others. As the story winds through many twists and turns, we see many different sides of both Marilyn and JFK, and the many people they met, and whose lives they touched. Was Marilyn a Soviet spy? Perhaps. And perhaps that is a question that will never be answered.

Book Blurb for The Blonde

At the height of the Cold War, Marilyn Monroe was the most infamous woman in the world. But what if she was also a secret Soviet spy?

In 1947, a young, unknown Norma Jeane Baker meets a mysterious man in Los Angeles who transforms her into Marilyn Monroe, the star. Twelve years later he comes back for his repayment, and Marilyn is given her first assignment from the KGB: uncover something about JFK that no one else knows.

But a simple job turns complicated when Marilyn falls in love with the bright young President, and learns of plans to assassinate Kennedy. More than anything, Marilyn wants to escape her Soviet handlers and save her love—and herself. Desperate, ruthless and brilliant, what she does next will leave readers reeling.

From New York Times bestselling author Anna Godbersen comes a whip-smart re-imagining of the life of Marilyn Monroe, set in a world of silver screen glamour and political intrigue. At once a crackling portrayal of Old Hollywood, an intimate portrait of the larger-than-life star, and a cat-and-mouse thriller, The Blonde is history rewritten as it could have—and might have been.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2014 4.50