Review | The Greek Escape, Karen Swan

38323053Chloe Marston works at a luxury concierge company in New York. A hit and run lands her co-worker in the hospital, and gives Chloe the unenviable role of being the lifestyle manager for the company’s Top 5 VIP clients. She arranges everything from a last minute invitation for an opera singer to attend the Brazilian president’s state dinner to finding a secluded house for her hot new client Joe on a remote Greek island.

The Greek Escape is a fun, breezy and entertaining read. I enjoyed the parts about Chloe’s clients and the various luxuries in their lives. It’s a glimpse into the lifestyles of the super rich, and I can only imagine what it must be like to be able to order a private jet on a whim. I certainly don’t envy Chloe her job, but her world seems like an exciting one to inhabit.

I was expecting this to be escapist women’s fiction, so I was surprised to find it darker and creepier than I expected. First, evidence surfaces that the co-worker’s accident may not have been accidental at all, and that the crime may be connected to her work, which raises the question of Chloe’s own safety as she takes on the job. Then the wife of one of her clients goes missing, and Chloe begins to wonder who she can trust. And finally, Chloe finds herself falling for Joe, but after a quick trip house hunting in the Greek islands, she comes to discover that he isn’t quite as he seems.

All these mystery and thriller elements added excitement to the story and were much more compelling to me than the subplot about Chloe’s ex being in town and wanting to rekindle their relationship. But they were all wrapped up so quickly and neatly that the ending was a bit of a letdown.

Still, it was a fun read overall, and I enjoyed the glamorous lifestyle it depicted.

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Thank you to Publisher’s Group Canada for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

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