Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Review: Saving Grace by Jane Green

Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted’s rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted’s longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to…until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue. To the rescue comes Beth, a competent young woman who can handle Ted and has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf the Chapman household. Soon, though, it’s clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity. With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late. 

Powerful and riveting, Jane Green's Saving Grace will have you on the edge of your seat as you follow Grace on her harrowing journey to rock bottom and back.

Received for review.

I normally enjoy reading the author's books but this was just an incredible disappointment.  It was just so predictable and boring.  There was absolutely nothing new here at all.

To begin with all the characters were giant stereotypes.  Ted was rich and talented yet abusive.  Yawn.  Grace was a Martha Stewart/Grace Kelly combination who also happens to be higher than a kite from the cocktail of prescription drugs she's popping on a daily basis.  Yawn.  Beth was a home wrecking bitch.  Yawn.  It's all been done before many, many times and there is absolutely nothing new here.  There are no twists, no turns, no nothing to separate this from the five hundred other books that have this same exact plot. 

What bothered me the most throughout the entire book was that Grace was so concerned about Beth stealing her husband.  If he was such an abusive ass why wasn't she thrilled to get rid of him?  Let him cheat with the assistant and trigger the (presumed) infidelity clause in their prenup and move on free of him, with loads of money?

This was a genuine disappointment and I really cannot recommend it to anyone.  Fans of the author will be seriously let down to read this so it's best to just give it a pass so as not to ruin their opinion of this normally good author.

★★☆☆☆ = Just Okay

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