The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine

By Alex Brunkhorst

3 out of 5 stars

Thomas Cleary is a young journalist sent to meet the daughter of a recently deceased movie producer. He’s supposed to get some quotes for the obituary. Not only does he get his quotes but Lily Rubenstein sweeps him up into her social circle. He hobnobs with the likes of actors and producers. This leads him to a chance meeting with Matilda Duplaine, a young woman hidden away from the real world. As their relationship grows, he could lose all he’s become and all connection to that inner circle. But the biggest question is just who is Matilda Duplaine?

I enjoy anything that links us to the golden age of Hollywood and the beginnings of the mystery are steeped in that past. The question of Matilda’s parentage are something that I figured out rather early so that took a little bit of the mystery out for me. At times, I wanted to flip through pages to get somewhere. There was something about the pace but I did keep reading and I did like it. Didn’t exactly love it but did like it.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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