Sunday, October 19, 2008
Chasing Diana by Jack and Robin Firestone
Where were you when you heard the news that Princess Diana was killed?
I heard it on the radio on my way to work. Shocking and so sad.
Chasing Diana is cleverly written as a screenplay novel. This is the first time I've ever read a book written in such a manner, but from page one I was captivated.
Add one part fantasy, one part truth, and one part thrilling action, and you'll have Chasing Diana. Told through the lead characters of Rhonda and James Goodrich, this is a remarkable story.
Rhonda used to be a big star, but decided to retire and just be a wife and mother. Her father owns a large mortgage company, so she has a substantial trust fund to live on. Her husband James is consistently trying out for different actor parts and does some commercial work. James also has a drinking and drug problem.
They plan a small get-away to Paris and are entranced with the sights upon their arrival. Their son Benjamin travels with them. One evening on a night out, after a terrifying taxi ride, they are witnesses to the fatal car crash that kills Princess Diana and Dodi.
Overnight, they are in the spot-light. James loves and soaks it up, but Rhonda just wants to go home. Tired of being Diana'd (paparrazi after them wherever they go ), James finally agrees with her. Once back home, however, they are met with even more paparrazi, and talk shows wanting to interview them. Finally, Rhonda has had enough, paparrazi and James addictions. She becomes demanding, with decisions that escalate into a stunning climax.
This is a wonderful, action-packed story. Written as a screenplay, you can almost see the images in your mind as a movie plays out. Full of intrigue, irony, and adventure, Chasing Diana was a pleasant surprise.