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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Cookie Club by Katya Dillon

The Cookie Club by Katya Dillon
Published By: Amazon Digital Services
Release Date: December 29, 2011
Format: Kindle - 326 KB - 214 pages
Genre: Women's Fiction / Chick Lit / Mystery - Suspense

About The Author:

Katya Dillon was born in Slovakia, nourished by the air breathed out by rocks and mountains. She had her first stories published when she was seven years old and her payment came in the form of a huge box of books, which was heaven. Her first brush with fame brought an early reality check, an accusation of plagiarism by a jealous classmate, an injustice which wasn't as much fun as it might have been, had the young Ms. Dillon had thicker skin.

Katya spent her childhood hiding in trees, watching people, and telling stories to her her friends, who refused to go on car journeys without their pocket-sized storyteller.

Apart from language, Katya was obsessed with biology and went on to study at the world-famous Institute of Neurology, where she discovered with horror that most science isn't the mystical mixture of poetry and magic she longed for. She changed direction and followed her passion for herbs, vitamins and health, while continuing to write fiction, with much swearing and yelling at the typewriter, which always seemed to come up with drivel after she had tapped in the most sublime, profound sentiments into the damn thing only moments before!

So what's next? Katya Dillon's Lipstick Writing on Kindle. The future is here!


BUY THE BOOK: The Cookie Club

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and for hosting a virtual book event on my book review blog site.

Virtual Book Event: On Tuesday and Wednesday, June 12-13, 2012, author Katya Dillon participated in a virtual book event with an Author Interview on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.

Book Description:

The Cookie Club is about four friends who met in a hospital, each a breast cancer survivor. They find love, solve a crime and provide mutual support while munching their way through a range of delicious cookies.

The Cookie Club is the first book in the Lipstick Crime Series, books and groups of women tackling crime and having fun.

My Book Review:

The Cookie Club is a sassy fun chick lit novel with a mystery twist. The story takes place in the town of Melton in the United Kingdom. It is about four ladies: Ellie, Babs, Alice and Lauren, who met and became friends five years ago in the oncology unit while undergoing breast cancer treatments. Ellen started baking cookies for the other women, and the group named themselves The Cookie Club, bonded as cancer survivors to provide moral support and friendship for each other. Each of the women have had mastectomies, and are trying to deal with having scars on their chests where their boobs used to be, all were told that reconstructive surgery was not an option available for them. With a box full of prosthetic boobs and cookies, the ladies are five year survivors and still get together and talk trash about men, sex and which prosthetic boobs best suit their bodies. When Lauren's supermodel niece is found murdered and Babs' rock star husband is accused of being the murderer, The Cookie Club members become sleuths and in their attempt to prove his innocence, other people known to them start dropping like flies ...

This is an entertaining story filled with down-to-earth, realistic and funny characters that will keep you in stitches. Each of the ladies have such different personalities, yet form a loving friendship bond that makes their little group click. You can't help but feel for each of the ladies as they struggle to live with the scars that remain on their body, and feel the insecurities of questioning what man would desire them with scars and no boobs. I think the author does a great job of balancing the story of breast cancer survivors with a fun murder mystery, it lightens up the story and gives it a fun twist. The reader is brought along with the members of The Cookie Club on their adventure as they try to solve the murder. In a Keystone Cop type of way, the mystery caper is just plain fun to follow, the reader is kept guessing who the murderer really is until the surprising conclusion. Each chapter is named after a yummy cookie, and I couldn't help but crave them, they sounded so good ... if only there were recipes included in the story ... sigh.

I have to admit that the start of the story was a bit confusing to me, but once I got past the first chapter the story clicked and it made more sense and easier to follow. The story is fast paced and the reader has to keep up with the alternating chapters narrating the ladies' individual stories in addition to the murder mystery. The author does a good job of interweaving the ladies' individual stories with the murder mystery, but sometimes I felt like my head was spinning, this story definitely had a lot of action and twists and turns. The only thing that I was not used to was the English words that were used in the story, as an American I'm not used to the English dialect, but I did find them to be amusing and had fun learning them.

The Cookie Club is a fun novel that embraces friendship, womanhood and the love of cookies with a twist of mystery added into the mix. This sassy little story will send you on a roller coaster ride of emotions: you will laugh, cry and feel humbled by the story of these strong ladies that form The Cookie Club!

RATING: 3 STARS *** (My Rating) / 4 STARS **** (Amazon Rating)

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