I loved this book. Just, loved it! I can't just say that and end my review there? Okay. Let's start with the main character, Francesca. She is dark, witty, dry and yet refreshing. She is so real it's as if she's sitting in the room telling me the story herself. Add in the mix her cousin's Addie and Kat, all three different in personality but all suffering under a severely messed up family, and you've got yourself an all star cast.
The plot is fresh, new, and kept me hooked from the instant I opened the book. The story begins at a funeral and we are quickly given questions, and through Francesca's thoughts and flashbacks learn answers and see a glimpse of who she was and why she became who she is now.
I love the dark humor present in this story. Although dark subject matter (contract killers, so the whole story is basically about death and murder), it somehow remained light and amusing.
The story is well paced and skillfully flips between past and present. Loose ends are tied up, and the ending was even a bit surprising.
Please keep in mind that this book is for mature audiences.
I'm giving Elegantly Wasted 5 out of 5 stars.
Purchase: Elegantly Wasted
On the eve of her high school graduation, proper socialite Francesca “Frankie” Fairholm rebelled against her elitist and controlling family to pursue the dark lifestyle of a contract killer for the enigmatic Osiris Corporation. Years later, with her training complete, she believes she's doomed to the life of a sociopathic lone gun until a botched hit brings two unlikely allies, her cousins Addison and Katharine.
Using Katharine’s etiquette school, Elegance, Inc., as a front, the trio weave through Frankie’s dark underworld, carrying out contracts, drinking too much wine, and trying not to get each other killed.
Trouble follows the team home when the death of the cruel Fairholm matriarch reveals more than they ever wanted to know about their family. As the funeral preparations play out, the trio begin to realize there is much more to their employer than meets the eye and their family connections run deeper than they ever imagined.
About the Author
Jack of all trades and stereotypical black sheep, Cara has been writing somewhat dark and morbid since that teen angst hit somewhere in the early 90's- probably because her dad was a mortician. After pursuing a degree in English, she changed gears to photography and design in 2006... although she kept penning stories for fun while reading the works of Edgar Allen Poe, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway (whom she adores even though he was a huge douche canoe). In 2009, her life shifted considerably and she found herself writing Elegantly Wasted- helping her sort out a bunch of stupid feelings and other lame stuff.
She enjoys cynical debates, cupcakes, making her mother-in-law sew her aprons that she never wears, zombies, the Fifth Element and Tomb Raider. She gathers her life inspirations from Neil Gaiman, Julia Child and Paul Simon. When she isn't out photographing her next project, she's studying color, concept and design or writing stuff down in hopes it makes sense one day... or she's on Pinterest.
Cara lives in Las Vegas with her husband, John and their three genetically altered dogs all of which have personal vendettas for the guy who cleans the pool.