I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I'll Eat When I'm Dead by Barbara Bourland
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Every weekday morning, as the sun rose above Sixth Avenue, a peerless crop of women-frames poised, behavior polished, networks connected, and bodies generally buffed to a high sheen-were herded by the cattle prod of their own ambition to one particular building. They're smart, stylish, and sophisticated, even the one found dead in her office.
When stylish Hillary Whitney dies alone in a locked, windowless conference room at the offices of RAGE Fashion Book, her death is initially ruled an unfortunate side effect of the unrelenting pressure to be thin. But Hillary's best friend and fellow RAGE editor Catherine Ono knows her friend's dieting wasn't a capital P problem. If beauty could kill, it'd take more than that.
When two months later, a cryptic note in Hillary's handwriting ends up in the office of the NYPD and the case is reopened, Det. Mark Hutton is led straight into the glamorous world of RAGE and into the life of hot-headed and fiercely fabulous Cat, who insists on joining the investigation. Surrounded by a supporting cast of party girls, Type A narcissists and half- dead socialites, Cat and her colleague Bess Bonner are determined to solve the case and achieve sartorial perfection. But their amateur detective work has disastrous results, and the two ingénues are caught in a web of drugs, sex, lies and moisturizer that changes their lives forever.
Viciously funny, this sharp and satirical take on the politics of women's bodies and women's work is an addictive debut novel that dazzles with style and savoire faire.
In I’ll Eat When I’m Dead the story opens with the death of Hillary Whitney. When senior editor Catherine Ono aka “Cat” hooks up with handsome Detective Mark Hutton to try to find out exactly how Hillary died, “did she die due to an eating disorder or something else”, this search turns this into a fun read.
Set in the offices of a fashion magazine called RAGE, it was fun reading about the fashion industry and how they put a magazine together. Who’s “stuff” is in and who is out. All those pictures on a page that I have always wondered how they choose, is in this book.
For me, the story started out slow, many unnecessary points that I didn’t understand and I was frustrated that the story seemed to be more about Cat than Hillary but with that said it is still a fun read and worth you buying. I recommend you buy this book!
Reviewed by: Linda C.