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Review: All that glitters

Review: All that glitters
Review: All that glitters

The saying goes that all that glitters is not gold, and the protagonist of this book, Isabel Suarez-Octavio, finds this out all too well in Aita Ighodaro’s sophomore offering.

Isabel arrives in England from Bolivia at age 14, a drug mule who escapes to build her own life. She grows up to be gorgeous, intelligent and highly ambitious, but instead of trading on her looks and charm, she’s determined to achieve success on her own terms. Why marry a tycoon when you can become one yourself?

Arriving at University of Oxford, she shuns the handsome men and the opportunity to become a trophy wife. Opportunities come her way and she goes up in the world. But while her star continues to rise, she finds out quickly that what goes up must come down.

Framed with murder while on board a luxury yacht in Italy, Isabel’s life spirals out of control as she has to battle some of the world’s most powerful and terrifying men – while confronting her horrifying past.

Needless to say, there’s a lot of suspense, drama and tension in All that Glitters, with well-rounded characters and a plot line that will have you hanging off the edge of your seat. While it’s no Fifty Shades of Grey, this book has some highly salacious interludes: Isabel discovers that political power can be quite an aphrodisiac.

Aita, who is a former high-fashion model, writes with great purpose and knowledge. In the introduction, she states that during her travels around the world, she gathered many stories for her fiction.

At times the story seems to slow slightly, but it always picks up again in a few pages. Fans of Louise Bagshawe will particularly love this book, as Aita writes with a similar fusion of luxurious description and mysterious deception. Despite the sometimes graphic content, All that Glitters is a surprisingly easy read – perfect for a late-summer weekend at the beach. This is a fantastic book that lovers of a good chick-lit mystery will enjoy.

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