The Sunset Crowd by Karin Tanabe
Published: July 4, 2023
St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Friendship Fiction
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.
Karin Tanabe is a fiction writer and former Politico reporter whose writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, and The Washington Post among many other publications. Before turning to fiction, Karin worked as a journalist covering politics and lifestyle. She has made frequent appearances on Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition and CNN. A graduate of Vassar College, she lives in Washington D.C.
“It, and I, were waiting.”
Hollywood in the 1970s was full of glamour, opportunity, and parties. Especially if you were young, connected, and beautiful. Bea is a photographer who finds herself among the most desirable group of the Hollywood elite, from raging parties fueled with drugs to exclusive events filled with celebrities to secrets and drama.
This book took me longer to get through than I would have preferred. It was a slow burn, and nothing happened. But a lot happened with the characters. I didn’t enjoy the characters or their shallow struggles.
There were a lot of people to follow in this book, and several were not necessary. I found the insecurity of all of the characters a bit exhausting. I was not enamored with the partying and name-dropping.
I understand what the author tried to do, but everything became repetitive and tedious. The pacing stayed very static, and despite the characters all claiming to be going through the worst drama of their lives, I was bored.
The writing felt wordy, the dialogue was awkward, and the character development lacked. Maybe having other narrators would have helped the story move along. Overall, I did not connect with this story.