Book Review: I’ll Eat When I’m Dead by Barbara Bourland

I’ll Eat When I’m Dead
by Barbara Bourland

Publication date: 18th May2017
Publisher: Quercus Books(first published May 2nd 2017)
Pages: 336


RAGE Fashion Book is the world’s most dynamic, ambitious magazine.
Its editors ­- like Cat Ono – have the power to change minds and the market.
They’re savvy, sisterly and polished to perfection. Even the one found dead in her office.

Everyone thinks Hillary starved to death – but Cat knows her friend’s dieting wasn’t a capital P problem. If beauty kills, it’d take more than that. Hot-headed and fiercely feminist, Cat’s sure she can match the investigating skills of Detective Mark Hutton, solve the case, and achieve sartorial fulfillment.

But going undercover, Cat’s in over her head, and soon becomes snared in a very stylish web of drugs, sex, lies and moisturizer that will change her look – and outlook – forever.

Cat’s about to find out what it really means to be a fashion victim. S

Source: Goodreads


“I’ll Eat When I’m Dead” is the first book I’ve received as part of the Rare Birds Book Club. A book of three parts, this is the story of RAGE Fashion Book and its savvy members of staff.

On the very first page we find out that fashion director Hillary Whitney is dead, found lying in her Manhattan office several hours later. As a glamorous fashionista, her colleagues are placing bets on what killed her, likely an overdose.

What follows is a mixture of mystery and chick-lit, a little bit of comedy, some romance and drama. While there are a few hints towards deeper societal issues, I found that the majority of this book was light-hearted and pretty easy to read.

As someone who doesn’t read fashion magazines, or really follow the fashion and beauty world, I began to lose interest as the lengthy descriptions of outfits and beauty regimes went on. Part 1 was the most enjoyable in my eyes but moving into parts 2 and 3, I just wasn’t as engaged and couldn’t care too much about characters I can’t really relate to myself.

That said, I enjoyed this book. It’s fun and it’s a quick read about a competitive New York magazine, I’m not going to remember it forever but you know what? That’s okay!

Overall rating: A satirical look into the fashion world, “I’ll Eat When I’m Dead” explores the pressures faced by those in the industry while investigating a couple of deaths and throwing in a little bit of comedy too. I didn’t love it and not being the most fashionable person, I didn’t understand it all, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It’s 3 stars from me.

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