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The most famous woman in the world.
Her death mourned by millions.
What if she hadn’t died after all…..?
What if Princess Diana didn’t die? Her seemingly idyllic life was both nightmare and fairytale. She may have been living a priveleged life, but she often felt lonely and trapped. Could she have been tempted to take the opportunity to start her life over again, but this time live her life quietly, and out of the spotlight of the media glare.
Fictional English Princess Lydia, thought someone was plotting to assassinate her, so she decides to stage her own death and and start a new life in a quiet area of Midwest America. Life abroad goes well for her, as she makes Kensington her new home. She makes many new friends but she cannot forget the family she left behind.
Unexpectedly, she has an encounter with paparazzi and the new life, and her anonymity, that she has worked so hard to create for herself, are put under threat and she wonders if she will ever be able to put her past behind her.
The topic and plot of this story drew me to it. However, I didn’t enjoy the way the story went from the present day, where it is narrated by Lydia and the photographer who is sure he knows her real identity, to the butler in her past, who helped her to disappear. The story is also told from the letters that Lydia wrote to the butler ten years earlier.
I was irritated by the way the chapters seemed to jump back and forward from past to future and to the letters. This spoiled my enjoyment of the book. The premise and plot could have made an engrossing read, but the style that this book was written in, just didn’t do it for me.
My rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️
About the Author
Monica Ali is a British writer and novelist, born in Bangladesh. When she was three years old, her family moved to England, where she still lives today with her husband and children.
First published in Great Britain by Doubleday, 2011.
This edition published by Simon and Schuster UK Ltd 2012. Paperback, 342 pages
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I read Diana’s biography at the time of her death. I really related to her story. This fictional slant does sound interesting. Thanks for your review of it Jennifer.
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I remember when Diana died. It would be shocking if she was still alive. That book sounds intriguing. Jackie’s Bookbytes Letter U
Like you Jackie, I couldn’t imagine if Diana was still alive.
I think I’d probably prefer the biography Mary Lou. This book has made me want to read it.
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I read the one by Andrew Morton. He did a wonderful job. 🙂