Chik Lit (The Daily Mail Review)

Friday, 05 October, 2012 / Published in Press

The Daily MailTHE POWER TRIP BY JACKIE COLLINS (Simon & Schuster £16.99)

By Sara Lawrence

I’ve been a huge fan of Jackie Collins since I first read The World Is Full Of Married Men at the age of 16, a novel that Barbara Cartland labelled ‘nasty, filthy and disgusting’ – which probably explains why I loved it so much.

A new Jackie Collins book is always a major event, and Twitter nearly exploded when she announced she’d finished this, her 30th novel, a few months ago. I adored The Goddess Of Vengeance last year and gave it a rave review in these pages, but I think I enjoyed The Power Trip even more – so much so that I finished it at 4am after one long sitting.

All the classic Collins characters are here: sexy people, famous people, powerful people and plain nasty people all thrown together on a Russian billionaire’s brand new super yacht, cruising the coast of Mexico for his supermodel girlfriend’s week-long, beyond fabulous birthday party. Five of the world’s most glamorous, powerful and famous couples are invited to join them on this maiden voyage and, of course, it’s only a matter of time before fireworks of all kinds start going off at sea.

Unbeknown to any of the passengers, a Russian gangster with a score to settle is also tracking the yacht’s progress, just waiting for his moment to get even. Relationships both good and bad are under the spotlight and, once again, nice people tend to finish first while the baddies come last in a pleasingly karmic sort of retribution. As usual, her heroines are strong, ballsy and above all intelligent women who come out on top whereas wife-beaters, rapists and misogynists of all kinds meet satisfyingly nasty ends.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it really annoys me when literary snobs denounce La Collins as trashy and inconsequential because there is just no arguing with 500 million sales in 40 countries. I savoured every line and raced through it with a big smile on my face. Reading this is the most fun you can have with your clothes on. Bring on number 31!

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