This book is about power, and greed; and greed for power; and the power of greed. It all starts with the birth of identical triplets and the associated publicity this event generates in a news-starved press. Two of the three baby girls are adopted by a wealthy duchess from ‘up on the hill’, whilst the third remains in her deprived and somewhat dysfunctional home. The story follows her throughout her life, and the decisions she makes, in the chasing of her ambition. The setting is in Prospect Park, in California, where the rich elite rule absolute.
The book is split into three sections: Sisters, Cousins, and Enemies. The point of view changes frequently between characters, but these switches are clearly indicated each time. The character development is good, and I felt engaged with them. The plot and pacing are also done well. What lets the book down, in my view, is the passive writing style and strange punctuation. There is an abundance of comma splicing, missing question marks to denote direct questions, and overuse of the exclamation point; as well as mixing up ‘then’ and ‘than’ on a lot of occasions. Some of the sentence constructions are clumsy and could do with some re-working.
If you enjoy historical fiction, family saga, and a good drama (and don’t mind the odd bit of graphic violence) then I think you would enjoy this book. All in all, I found this to be an entertaining read.