I have recently discovered Tilly Bagshawe as an author and I am absolutely hooked! I love her style of writing and the way she crafts likeable characters, exciting story lines and a real riotous read! Scandalous is no exception.
Scandalous focuses on the life of Sasha Miller, a socially awkward but strikingly beautiful A-Level student intent on going to study physics at Cambridge university. Once there, Sasha falls under the charm of her professor Theo Dexter who manipulates her into bed and steals her breakthrough theory in the process! Dexter then goes on to lead a successful celebrity lifestyle as a Hollywood personality, leaving Sasha discredited, despondent and utterly devastated. That is, until she dedicates her life to getting revenge.
Scandalous features several great characters, my favourites being the mischievous Jackson Dupree (Sasha’s playboy boss at Wall Street firm Wrexall Dupree) and Theresa O’Connor, Theo’s dowdy desperate to please wife, who has the biggest transformation across the life of the story. For some reason Sasha herself never truly resonated with me, perhaps as, due to her tunnel vision to destroy Theo, she becomes quite cold and distant. At first I thought this was quite odd for a book where she is supposed to be our heroine, but actually other characters (such as Theresa) are so multi dimensional, I found myself still engaged with the book.
Bagshawe has created a real page turner, with really avid descriptions of the books locations, so much so that St Michael’s College, Cambridge really is like a character itself. I enjoyed the fact that the book also focussed around Sasha’s physics education and real estate business as it’s not often you find such topics in a chick lit novel, and made me think a little bit of The Apprentice, which I love! Bagshawe balances this with the glamour of Dita and Theo’s life as a Hollywood power couple and Jackson’s jet-setting and sexploits all over the world.
I live in Brixton in London. I eat out far too much, am always planning my next trip and have a borderline unhealthy obsession with Harry Potter.