The Rise by Shari Low and Ross King

EXCERPT: He accepted his coffee from Nurse Greta with his million dollar smile and a wink that ensured that the same scene would play out again tomorrow morning. It was Groundhog Day in here. Same walls, same people, same shit for weeks now. The expensive carpets, manicured gardens, the top-class therapists, and the prime location on top of one of Malibu’s most scenic clifftops didn’t mask what this was – a collection of misfits and desperados who had everything but couldn’t deal with reality without a pill or a swig from a bottle. And he was one of them. Again.

ABOUT ‘THE RISE’: (Previously published as ‘TAKING HOLLYWOOD’ by Shari King.)

When we bury our secrets, they always come back to haunt us…Their rise was meteoric.

Only a few years before, they had been three friends from Glasgow, just trying to survive tough lives of danger and dysfunction.

But on one Hollywood evening in 1993, they were on the world’s biggest stage, accepting their Oscar in front of the watching world.

That night was the beginning of their careers. But it was also the end of their friendship.

Over the next twenty years, Mirren McLean would become one of the most powerful writers in the movie industry.
Zander Leith would break box-office records as cinema’s most in-demand action hero.

And Davie Johnson would rake in millions as producer of some of the biggest shows on TV.

For two decades they didn’t speak, driven apart by a horrific secret. Until now…

Their past is coming back to bite them, and they have to decide whether to run, hide, or fight. Because when you rise to the top, there’s always someone who wants to see you fall.

MY THOUGHTS: I wasn’t sure that I was going to like The Rise, but I enjoy Shari Low’s writing so decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did.

I’m not a fan of glitz and glamour and all the so-called benefits that accompany it, but The Rise is reminiscent of Jackie Collins’ novels with the bonus of a decent mystery running through it, and I was kept entertained throughout. There are a lot of real-life people and locations thrown into the mix, which just made it all much more realistic.

Yes, there are sex scenes, but most are well done except for one that I thought gratuitous and unnecessary.

The Rise is definitely not a thriller, but if you want a fun read with drama, tragedy and romance, it fits the bill nicely.


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T: @ShariLow @TheRossKing @BoldwoodBooks

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THE AUTHORS: When a budding radio DJ and actor met a young nightclub manager in Glasgow in the late 1980s, little did they know that over thirty years and thousands of miles later, they would still be friends.

Shari Low – In real life, once upon a time she met a guy, got engaged after a week, and twenty-something years later she lives near Glasgow with her husband and a labradoodle. Her two teenagers have now left home, so she spends an inordinate amount of time on video calls checking if they’re eating well and keeping up to date with their laundry.

Ross King – Los Angeles based Ross King, MBE, is an award winning TV and radio host, actor, producer, writer, voice-over artist and performer.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Boldwood Books via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Rise by Shari Low and Ross King for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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