Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding
January 14, 2011 17 Comments
I expected this book, from the writer of Bridget Jones’ Diary, to be another chick-lit. But it wasn’t! Instead, it’s a mystery/thriller story in with the main character is sometimes weak and silly (like you may expect in chick-lit) and sometimes very strong and clever, a real heroine!
Olivia Joules: What it is about
Olivia is working for The Times newspaper in England. Her boss is a little sceptical about Olivia’s new ideas for newspaper articles as she often invents more behind a news-worthy situation than there really is to say about it. He says she has an overactive imagination.
The boss sends her to Miami to cover the launch of a face powder by a celebrity. Olivia is miffed but goes and meets a really attractive man at this launch. Pierre Ferano is interested in her, too, and invites her for breakfast the next day.
On her pre-breakfast run, Olivia gets involved in what turns out to be a terrorist attack. Olivia surmises that Pierre must be implicated in the attack and she has some reasons to back this up. Her overactive imagination is at work.
But there really is something fishy about Pierre and Olivia wants to get to the bottom of it.
Pierre invites her to Los Angeles and Olivia, thinking both of how attractive he is as well as of her plan to find out more about him, is game.
After this set up, the book is full of action. Starting off as something that could be chick-lit, this book rapidly develops into a thriller.
Olivia Joules: What I thought
As I hadn’t read the back cover, I expected chick-lit. Instead, I got a thriller. At first, this was odd, but once I realised what the the book’s genre really was, I enjoyed it a lot.
I think I should have caught on to the fact that Olivia was working for The Times. Not many silly, brainless women work for The Times so I should have realised that Olivia was capable of much more than I gave her credit for.
In fact, she was very resourceful, especially after her training with MI6. Yes, that’s right!
While the overactive imagination of the writer resulted in a less than realistic story, it was all good fun and made for a nice, light read.
I got this book: in a bookswap
I read this in: English, the original language
Number of pages: 344
First published: 2003