About the Book:
One drunken night changes everything for America’s sweetheart Pagan Jones when she causes a car accident that kills her whole family. For nine months she is stuck in the Lighthouse Reformatory for Wayward Girls where the sadistic Miss Edwards is making every day a new sort of hell. But everything changes when Pagan’s old agent shows up with mysterious studio executive Devin Black, offering Pagan a juicy role in a comedy directed by award-winning director Bennie Wexler. Pagan must agree to a court-appointed guardian and a shoot in West Berlin starting in only three days time. Berlin is in great political turmoil and the mysterious Devin Black is up to something, but Pagan is just the girl to figure it all out.
Miss Riki’s Review:
The setting of this book is highly intriguing, and Nina Berry paints a perfect picture of Berlin in the 1960s. The country is divided by war and attempting to rebuild, and it makes for the perfect backdrop for this intense thrill-ride of a novel.
Pagan Jones is all sorts of sassy and smart, with a little bit of a chip on her shoulder, but she’s fun to read and makes for an intriguing heroine in this novel. She struggles mightily with both the guilt of her actions and her own addiction to alcohol, making the stakes for redemption even higher. When she gets the opportunity to escape the girl’s reformatory and regain her once shiny image, she’s thrust into a world going faster than she can keep up with.
I loved the mystery elements in this novel, and enjoyed every twist and turn on the way to the finish. Pagan is excellent at digging deep to find out more information about her family’s past and Devin’s role in what turns out to be an intense political scheme.
This book is definitely a page-turner, especially in the last third of the book, and I think readers will really enjoy the fantastic setting and unique characters.