Thursday, May 19, 2016

We're kicking off BookSparks' #SRC2016 with a review of The Assistants

Review by Marlene Engel
Being an executive assistant to a billionaire CEO may seem glamourous to some, but to Tina it’s anything but.  She has spent too much money and time on her education to be some rich man’s servant; slicing limes, pouring coffee and booking his travel.  Her dismal salary and small apartment does not reflect all that she does for Robert.  And she has been known to say as much on several occasions.  Complaining of the inequality educated women tend to receive at the hands of rich, powerful men.  

When Tina receives an expense check for a large sum of money, she assumes that an error must have been made.  Knowing that the likelihood of anyone finding out is slim, she uses the money to pay off her college debt.  But it’s when another employee gets wind of the check, she chooses to not turn Tina in, but instead benefit as well.  So begins a chain of fraudulent activity that does not stay contained between the two ladies, but spreads like wildfire throughout the company.

The book reads like a movie script, written so well, it’s hard to believe that this is the author’s debut novel.  And for those of you old enough to remember the movie 9 to 5, this reminds me of a modern-day version. 

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About the Author:
Camille Perri is the author of The Assistants. She has worked as a books editor for Cosmopolitan and Esquire. She has also been a ghostwriter of young-adult novels and a reference librarian. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and a master of library science degree from Queens College. Perri wrote the first draft of The Assistants while working as the assistant to the editor-in-chief of Esquire.

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