BOOK REVIEW: The Camera Never Lies by Tess Daly
Let me just say that I'm never usually attracted to celebrity novels. In fact, it usually takes me a bit of convincing to voluntarily read one. It's not that I'm against celebrity reads, but I remain a little unconvinced, what with countless tales of ghostwriters (Jordan's many novels, anyone?), quite often making us speculate if the book deal would have been gained at all if the writer wasn't already a household name. (C'mon, we're all thinking it!)
That said, Strictly Come Dancing's Tess Daly's new novel grabbed my interest when I received the paperback copy in the mail. Released in April (the hardback was originally released in October last year), The Camera Never Lies is a glitzy tale about an aspiring model-slash-presenter who's catapulted to celebrity status. Which does sound a liiiittle familiar. Tess herself was previously a model before becoming a well-known TV star, but of course, it's always best to write about what you know! And Tess does this extremely well.
Britt Baxter is a twenty-something model, struggling to find her big break in London alongside her loving boyfriend Alex. However, despite the competitive industry, Britt's determined, and when it seems as though her luck has come to an end, a stint at waitressing surprisingly lands her a dream job - as a presenter on a popular breakfast TV show.
Britt can't believe her luck - and it doesn't take long before she's a household star. Using her talent and quick thinking, she's an instant success, much to the annoyance of older co-star Cherry who feels as though she's being thrust out of the limelight. Even more so when Britt and her on-camera 'relationship' with gorgeous co-presenter Josh Bailey are hitting the headlines on a daily basis.
Sadly, others aren't taking Britt's rise to fame so positively. Before long, the tabloids are awash with rather unsavoury stories about Britt. Her relationship with Alex is in tatters, and worse still, it seems as though someone close by is out to sabotage Britt's career. Can she find out who's behind it all before it's too late?
I must admit, when I first picked up this book I didn't expect it to be as enjoyable as it actually was. Tales of everyday girls becoming celebrities are hardly that original anymore, and I figured it would be an enjoyable yet average read. However, I was wrong. Tess Daly's fictional offering, although a light read (I finished it in one sitting) will keep you guessing all the way through. To top it off, Britt is a loveable Northern girl who doesn't let the fame get to her head, with great friends and family who make this story even more fun. It gives a general insight into the world of breakfast TV, with plenty of added glamour. Britt's adventure is wonderfully written and addictive, and if Tess did write this without the aid of a ghostwriter, then she's one talented writer on top of everything else. Am I jealous? Maybe! But one thing's for certain: The Camera Never Lies is one wonderful guilty pleasure!
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