Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman
Published May 1st, 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
3.5 to 4 Stars
Annie is a brainiac with a Ph.D. as a chemist and a stay at home mom to her three kids, Maddie, Oscar, and Rachel. Her son has just been diagnosed with autism, and Annie needs money desperately to pay for his treatments—$80,000 a year! There is no way her husband’s job can afford to pay for the treatments, and her return to work is not an option since she needs to be home full time to work with Oscar on his therapy.
This is when the plan gets hatched, and everything about it is so utterly ridiculous and off the wall that it is what makes the book so hysterical!
Annie is the plan’s mastermind, and the idea starts after a shopping trip with Sarah where she is shocked to realize the crazy amounts of money the wealthy women of La Jolla will pay for face cream just to look younger and more beautiful to keep their husband’s interest. Since Annie is a chemist, she knows she can concoct a face cream that will dupe unsuspecting wealthy women into paying thousands of dollars once they believe they have found the fountain of youth…all she needs is the perfect secret ingredient and the perfect marks for her scam!
It just so happens that Annie met some very wealthy women at a book club she attended a few weeks ago (where she hoped she’d be talking books but spent the night listening to snippy gossip and drinking wine instead) who are the perfect buyers for the cream! Now all Annie needs is someone to sell these women her face cream, a product that she has added a very secret and a very illegal ingredient that she believes will boost the ladies’ confidence and keep them buying more and more! This is where Sarah comes in with her classy, stunning looks that make her appear almost 10 years younger than she actually is!
Sarah begins getting to know the ladies and selling the facial cream, and we get to know more about the book club ladies. They are a fun cast of characters although I didn’t like all of them since a lot of them are just mean, except for Kim who I actually liked more than Annie, who got a little annoying by the middle and end of the book! I thought of high school cliques when I read a lot of the interactions between these grown women and had to roll my eyes! Yet, they were interesting and quirky and added to the plot in an entertaining way!
Crimes Against a Book Club was amusing, and I liked how it explored the long-term friendship between Annie and Sarah, the relationships between husbands and wives, and just how far some women will go to look young and beautiful to keep their husband. Admittedly, I thought the ending was too “pat” and not at all like real life, but it matched the overall ridiculousness of the plot, so I overlooked it.
If you are looking for a light, funny read, Crimes Against a Book Club fits the bill! I read it poolside with a margarita (or two), and I think that or the beach is the perfect place for it to be read! Just don’t be surprised if people look at you funny for laughing at the strangest times!
I want to thank NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing, and Kathy Cooperman for providing me with an ARC of Crimes Against a Book Club to read in exchange for my fair and honest review.