From: bookbitch (BookBitch@yahoo.com)
Date: 06 Jul 2008

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    This book really took me by surprise. I had a hard time getting through it, but the last part of the book almost made up for it. It's one of those books that will be staying with me for a while.

    WHACKED by Jules Asner: Dani Hale is a writer for a TV series, a CSI- type clone called Flesh and Bone. Her boyfriend Dave is a director on another TV series, and is a bit of a control freak. Dani has some interesting co-workers; her boss, Steve, who boyfriend Dave is sure is hot for her; Rich Pisani, the retired LAPD cop advisor to the show; and Evil Janet, another writer who Dani is sure is out to get her.

    Dave is directing hot actress Chloe Johnson in his series, and Dani finds out he is cheating on her with Chloe. How does she find this out? Because Dani is nuts. She drives past his house when he tells her he can't see her, she hacks into his AOL account and reads his email, figures out his code to retrieve his voice mails, and so forth.

    But just when you think this is another one of those chick-lit books about a woman obsessing over some guy who is obviously wrong for her, this book takes a sharp turn down a very dark alley and redefines the surprise ending. Asner was a regular on the E! Entertainment channel, and is married to director Steven Soderbergh, who makes a cameo in this book. All that reality adds another dimension - a frighteningly real one - to this chilling tale.

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