Published by Rare Bird on June 11th 2019
Dr. Harry Previn, the renowned Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, is secretly called in to operate on the disfigured face of the ravishingly beautiful teen pop star Fay Wray following an assault. Surrounded by image makers who value beauty over all else, he soon fears Fay is in mortal danger. Will he risk everything to save her beauty, her life, or himself?Plastic is a novel of psychological suspense about a heinous crime that leads to a desperate Hollywood cover up. Welcome to “The Capital of Good Looks,” an ephemeral world of celebrity and beauty crashing at the intersection of Hollywood and rock and roll.
When I first noticed Plastic being posted on Instagram a couple of months ago, I knew I had to read it. I was absolutely thrilled when Suzy of Suzy Approved Book Tours asked me if I wanted to participate in the blog tour. Welcome to my stop!
I was drawn to this book, as I suspect many readers will be, because of my interest in society’s obsession with plastic surgery and the real or perceived need for Hollywood’s elite to maintain a certain level of youth and/or beauty to maintain their careers and continue feeling attractive to their partners. This book contained all of those elements with some darker twists that made it quite unique.
Dr. Harry Previn has a lot going on. His marriage is falling apart and he can’t seem to grasp why that is. One of his patients has recently died. His world is slowly coming apart at the seems.
When he is summoned to help a beautiful, young actress who has sustained some pretty horrible facial injuries, he begins his journey into a darker part of Hollywood life. Are Fay’s “people” benevolent friends and business associates looking to help her avoid unnecessary negative press and stress? Or is there something else going on?
Plastic was a very quick and very interesting read. Even if I didn’t know that Frank Strausser was a playwright, I’d say this book would easily lend itself to film adaptation. I do hope that it gets optioned if it hasn’t already. I would definitely read Frank Strausser’s work in the future.
Many thanks to Rare Bird Books and Suzy Approved Book Tours for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.