Book Review & Blog Tour: Plastic by Frank Strausser

Plastic

Author: Frank Strausser

Publication Date: 11 June 2019

Genre: Adult Fiction – Thriller

Pages: 312

Publisher: Rare Bird Lit

Dr. Harry Previn, the renowned Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, is secretly called in to operate on the disfigured face of the ravishingly beautiful teen pop star Fay Wray following an assault. Surrounded by image makers who value beauty over all else, he soon fears Fay is in mortal danger. Will he risk everything to save her beauty, her life, or himself?

Plastic is a novel of psychological suspense about a heinous crime that leads to a desperate Hollywood cover up. Welcome to “The Capital of Good Looks,” an ephemeral world of celebrity and beauty crashing at the intersection of Hollywood and rock and roll.

When I first saw the cover of Plastic, I was immediately captivated as well as creeped out. It’s so incredibly jarring and reminds me of something out of a slasher film.

This book was definitely a wild ride into the privileged lifestyles of the rich and famous. Dr. Harry Previn is the epitome of vain. As a plastic surgeon, he thinks of himself as an incredible artist because the human body is his canvas that he sculpts with his hands. When he describes how pliable skin is once his patient is under the knife, it definitely made my skin crawl.

Harry’s picture perfect life and over inflated ego comes to a crashing halt when his wife serves him divorce papers over dinner and he finds out that one of his patients died following a routine procedure. With his back against a wall, Harry feels like he can’t turn away his lawyer who essentially blackmails him into working on a teen popstar who was assaulted. When Harry starts to question the details of the assault, he begins to wonder if he’s been lied to and if he’s cover up something bigger.

This book definitely takes a more satirical approach to the dark side of Hollywood that most turn a blind eye to. There’s lots of twists and turns that aren’t necessarily believable but entertaining nonetheless. With so many unlikable and troubled characters, I definitely think that this is one of those books that would make for very entertaining tv.

Thank you to Rare Bird Lit and Suzy Approved Book Tours for providing a copy for review. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

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