The Princess of Las Vegas

Doubleday. Mar. 2024. 400p. ISBN 9780385547581. $29. SUSPENSE
Crissy Dowling lives and works at a second-rate casino in Las Vegas, performing in a cabaret show as a Princess Diana impersonator. She has recently ended an affair with a married senator and spends her days lounging poolside, popping pills, and researching the late princess. Her obsession with Diana has paid off, as she performs nightly to sold-out crowds and standing ovations. But Crissy’s life is thrown off-balance when her estranged sister, Betsy, announces that she’s moving to Las Vegas with her recently adopted tween daughter. Betsy plans to work at her boyfriend Frankie’s cryptocurrency firm, but Frankie has not been completely honest with Betsy about the full extent of his business. Soon the sisters find themselves enmeshed in the world of organized crime. As people connected to the Dowling sisters begin dying under mysterious circumstances, they have to overcome their traumatic pasts and strained relationship in order to survive.
VERDICT While this novel doesn’t quite deliver much suspense as might be expected, Crissy and Betsy are interesting enough to keep readers engaged. Bohjalian (The Lioness) has written numerous best-sellers, so purchase accordingly to meet demand.
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