The Last Treasure Hunt by Jane Alexander was pitched to me as “not my usual fare”, that is, it isn’t really literary fiction. But The Last Treasure Hunt has such a great premise that I couldn’t resist. Cam is thrown into the spotlight after reuniting with a childhood friend turned Hollywood starlet. The books is equal parts “getting the gang back together” and modern media cautionary tale.
The Last Treasure Hunt is a debut novel, and to a certain extent reads like one. I felt there were some structural issues with it, but overall it was, an entertaining read. The first half was well-paced and unexpected, but as the novel neared the end I felt it became predictable.
It’s take on modern media and star making was fascinating and dead on. It showed how the wheels of the public relations industry can take a story and run with it until it becomes something entirely different and perhaps only marginally related to the truth. That was the part of the book I enjoyed the most.
Who would like this book? The Last Treasure Hunt is a light read with interesting insights into our culture’s fascination with celebrity. It will definitely appeal to those with an interest in modern media. It’s also a great read for those who like books about getting the gang back together.
Thank you to Saraband Books for providing me with a copy for review consideration.