Claudine by Barbara Palmer is an enticing story about Maria Lantos, a grad student of erotic English literature by day, and Claudine, a one night only escort by night. Maria is excited with the night life, and she isn’t ready to give it up. She goes through all sorts of precautions to leave Claudine separate from her day life. All of a sudden Maria’s world starts to cave in on her when a prostitute is killed. But just not any prostitute – one that looks like her, and is found with a copy of her ID. Now Maria is faced with the trouble of keeping herself and her workers safe. Maria is constantly pushed to her limits by her stalker, and he won’t stop until he gets what he wants.
This book was really hard to put down. I love mysteries and romances combined, so this was already a good book before I even read it. I finished it in about a day and a half. The writing seems really tiny, but it’s a quick book to get through which I liked. The plot line was sort of like any typical book – main character in danger, then she gets out of it. But the characters in this book were well written with actual depth, and also the attention to detail was a nice touch. I think what Barbara Palmer had in mind while writing this book was to make the reader feel everything that Maria/Claudine felt – fear, excitement, sadness, and every other emotion possible. To me, when I’m able to imagine myself kind of “inside” the book, then the author did something right. So it doesn’t really matter if anyone finds the base of the plot line similar to other books because the characters and the way Barbara Palmer captures us as a reader is definitely a redeeming quality.
The team behind Claudine is fantastic. We’re introduced to Lilian, her makeup artist/hair stylist/fashionista/everything else. Then there is Andrei, the calm, cool, and collected body guard/chauffeur for Claudine. Maria wouldn’t be anywhere without those two people who help to make it all happen, so I appreciate that Barbara Palmer took the time to develop them into almost main characters, and have us spend the time getting to know them.
Overall, I give this book a strong 10/10. It’s officially one of my favourite books of the summer that I’ve read. The characters really make this book as good as it is because you can easily tell how much time and thought that Barbara Palmer invested in them. If you’re a fan of mysteries, then this is a good book for you to read. If you love romance novels, then why not step out of your shell a little bit and read Claudine? It’s worth it, trust me! Happy reading! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this book. What did you think?