Quick Book Review: Untold Story by Monica Ali
February 5, 2013 14 Comments
This book tells the story of Princess Diana, who lives a secret life in the USA, ten years after everyone thinks she has died. She has moved around quite a few times, but has now settled in Kensington, a small town, where she has found a job and made some friends. She has been very careful not to tell anyone who she is but this becomes a problem when her boyfriend, Carson, wants to know more about her and her past.
The story of what is happening in the now is told through the eyes of Lydia, the name Diana is using now. There are also diary notes by Lawrence, one of her advisors who helped her disappear, and letters that Lydia wrote to him. They tell the story of what happened soon after the disappearance and how she settled in Kensington. The current story is also seen from the eyes of Grabowski, a paparazzo, who becomes interested in Lydia because of her beautiful eyes.
This was an easy read, which I didn’t expect from Monica Ali. Some people called this chick-lit and I would say that was correct. This story is about a woman-with-a-secret-history and her friends and a small town. The book didn’t treat Lydia as special, she was just a normal woman who had ended up in an unfortunate marriage with a crown-prince and had escaped from it.
A fun story which becomes rather exciting later on: will she be discovered? The whole story was set out well and was totally believable. A fun read, for royalty-lovers and non-lovers both.
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
Number of pages: 304 (my Dutch edition, Een ongekend verhaal)
First published: 2011
I got this: bought it at a publisher’s market
Genre: chick-lit, contemporary fiction
Extra: See my review of In the Kitchen.