Two blog posts in one day? I just had to--I just finished reading Jennifer Oko's "Head Case," just in time for another Sunday Book Review. Read my review below and then enter to win your own ebook copy of "Head Case"!
Olivia Zack is a neuroscientist who has just been murdered after being kidnapped and brought to a Russian mobster. The book is told from her ghostly point of view, dialing back and clock and recounting the events that led up to her death, as well as a few that happened after. Olivia recalls events and conversations with her best friend, celebrity publicist, Polly Warner. The two girls got mixed up in the sometimes glam, sometimes sordid world of dealing prescription drugs. While dealing pills has its perks, it also has its price: which is how Olivia ends up with a bullet through her skull. It's up to her spirit to sort through the mess that led up to her death and to send Polly and her boyfriend Mitya a few clues from the great beyond in order to not only solve her murder but to also save the day against the Russian mafia, drug-dealing grannies, corrupted cops, and some nasty unethical pharmaceutical execs.
I loved this book. Being in my twenties, it was very easy to relate to--who doesn't know someone--in their circle of friends or otherwise--that has suffered with addiction or substance abuse? And who hasn't seen one of those pharmaceutical commercials for a pill that marketers will convince you that you need while downplaying the long list of potential health hazards and side effects attached? Yes, even with prescription substances rather than drugs. The story is one that, while the stakes are much higher, can still, at the core, hit close to home for a lot of readers.
While there are a small handful of editorial errors/typos and the jumping around in the timeline can be a little confusing, overall this is a great book and a fun read. I even found myself tearing up a little at times. Oko has a great tale on her hands, told with a perfect blend of snark and heartfelt emotion about the bond between two friends separated by death.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is on the fence about reading it--and to anyone else, for that matter.
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