Page Count: 352
Release Date: 27 July, 2010
Publisher: Washington Square Press (Simon & Schuster)
Source: Complimentary copy provided by Romancing the Book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!)
A scalding exploration of love, marriage, fidelity, and betrayal.
"Meet me at five," the voice said on the answering machine. Four ordinary words yet, when heard by the wrong person, enough to change the course of a marriage.
Marooned in Hollywood while writing a screenplay based on his latest bestselling novel, Miles King records in his journals his escalating conviction that his glamorous wife, a New York-based journalist named Maggie, is having an affair.
Amidst the sun-buffed egos and the longing for connection and fame he encounters at every cocktail party and no-name bar in Hollywood, Miles finds unexpected comfort in an affair of his own with Lucy, a young mother whose open, eager mind sparks an irresistible passion in him. Miles's constantly shifting emotional state—a potent brew of lust, guilt, anger, and betrayal—is only one of the perils he must navigate as his fantasies become increasingly hard to distinguish from reality.
In Hollywood Savage, acclaimed novelist Kristin McCloy probes one modern man's psychological depths with stunning accuracy, and illuminates the ways of men and women desperately try to reveal themselves to one another, while always keeping a part of their hearts a secret.
What Stephanie Thought: I wasn't sure whether to be disgusted, or enraptured with this book. The plot is very poor: man has an affair with a woman who is completely different from his wife; man battles depression; man goes back to wife (without even telling her about the other woman!).
A lot of it was unrealistic. Miles is a man who suspects his wife is cheating on him. So then he goes off to Hollywood and cheats on her back? I'm not really certain what kind of person would do that, but that's the entire story in a nutshell.
Plot notwithstanding, I'll talk about the conveyed emotions. Miles definitely tells it how it is, and every word is so raw and honest, it really haunted me. He is cynical and smart-assed with a voice, though disturbing, is unbelievably intriguing.
It really was a difficult read because the prose is in journal format. There are no chapters, and Miles [McCloy] seems to just ramble on about whatever is on his mind. I liked Miles, but I didn't like McCloy. Her style sounds extremely snobbish, and that's very off-putting. She characterizes Miles as arrogant and I couldn't get myself to really feel sympathy for him. However, as a character, he is strong, and I liked how he personifies things poetically.
Overall, I think it was a good tragic romance, but I think it really could have been better with dialogue and plot structure. I will say for sure say I've never read a book quite like Hollywood Savage, but it wasn't particularly extraordinary or anything, just structured in a way I am unfamiliar with. I recommend this to anyone who has the patience to read through a bunch of fluff before getting to the actual point!
Radical Rating: 7 hearts: Not without flaws, but overall enjoyable. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥