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The Ones You Trust by Caroline Overington
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bookshelves: 2018, netgalley, netgalley-2018, thriller, society, relationships

In this novel Caroline Overington takes us behind the scenes of a breakfast TV show to the PR teams that control the lives of the presenters and what the public sees. Australian readers will easily recognise the type of show complete with male and female hosts bantering on the couch, cooking and product demonstrations, giveaways and some feel good news to counteract any bad world news. Unflattering shots by paparazzi and nasty comments on social media are all part and parcel of being a morning show celebrity for Emma Cardwell, host of the popular 'Cuppa.' Although life is pretty good, Emma struggles with the demand that with the early morning starts and publicity appearances have on her family life with her husband and three young children. In her forties Emma knows her days on the program are numbered and the ratings haven't been so good since their competitor on another channel hired a new young host.

When Emma's youngest child Fox-Piper disappears from childcare, the PR machinery goes into overdrive with Emma's home and family squarely focused in the media's lenses. With the police trying to work out whether this is a kidnapping or an act of revenge, Emma is frantic at the thought of her little girl being taken away from her and wondering just who she can trust.

As a journalist, Caroline Overington is very capable of placing her well written plots in a contemporary setting and in this one she brings us inside the workings of the media. The plot is well paced with several suspects in the police's sights. The ending was not what I was expecting and although it shocked me, it also did feel a bit too contrived and I'll be interested to see what other readers make of it. 3.5★

With thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins for a digital copy of the book to read.
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Reading Progress

August 1, 2018 – Started Reading
August 15, 2018 – Shelved
August 15, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
August 26, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018
August 26, 2018 – Shelved as: netgalley
August 26, 2018 – Shelved as: netgalley-2018
August 27, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
September 7, 2018 – Finished Reading
September 15, 2018 – Shelved as: thriller
September 15, 2018 – Shelved as: society
September 15, 2018 – Shelved as: relationships

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PattyMacDotComma Nice review. Ah, another good one to look forward to!

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