‘The Club’ is Written for the Twitter Generation
When you cannot tell Keith from Kurt and need to go back a couple of characters
Ellery Lloyd’s book The Club is a mystery. The characters are fictional celebrities and the people who cater to their every need. There are the Cranes, Jackson and his wife, quite frankly I don’t remember her name. There’s also Freddie, Keith, and Kurt, and a bunch of other renowned people who are famous, get drunk, and make decisions somewhere between ill-informed and illegal.
All the famous people come to an island (a mystery set on an island seems to be a recent and recurrent theme, read Foley’s The Guest List for example), it’s the opening weekend of a new branch of the exclusive Home club creatively dubbed Island Home.
I know I’m coming across as critical, but the book wasn’t bad.
The story is told from the perspective of three women who work for home, the new head of housekeeping, Jess, the owner’s PA, Nikki, and the head of memberships, Annie. There’s also the perspective of the owner’s younger brother, Adam. Jess starts with a vendetta, Annie and Nikki develop one, and poor Adam is just a bystander to the unfolding disaster. It’s interesting to see how they all became involved in Home, and what there relationships with the business and the guests are like.
Though the story only takes place over a weekend, it starts slow. I’d assume the point is to develop the characters and ensure you, the reader, are familiar with who’s who and their motives. However, as the grand finale played out, I still questioned who was Keith and who was Kurt. Why were some of these people famous again?
I needed a character web, or to take notes.
And bear in mind, I read this cover-to-cover in a 48 hour period.
I couldn’t for the life of me get some of the characters straight.
I rated the book 3-stars overall for its compelling plot, (unbelievably) glamorous setting, and the general idea. I liked how the book was built. The build up was good. How the context of the events developed, the foreshadowing and character “chess playing,” was borderline brilliant.