Monday, October 6, 2008

Chasing Diana

Chasing Diana Chasing Diana by Jack & Robin Firestone

Release date: June 27, 2008
Published by: BookSurge Publishing

I received this book very generously from the authors with a very appropriate inscription:

To Patricia: History is stranger than fiction.

I wanted to read this book because I do have a love for all things Diana. The story is based on the real-life accounts of the authors, who were the only American witnesses to the car crash that took Diana's life. They wrote this historic fiction account as a "screenplay-novel" which I thought worked very well for the subject.

The story revolves around the Goodrich family vacation in Paris which goes awry from the moment they arrive. They are being followed by a family of hit men hired to kill Dodi because of some pictures they inadvertently took. I found their fictionalized characters, James & Rhonda Goodrich, to be lacking in like-ability and the language and substance abuse was also too intense for my taste. However, I came away from the book more intrigued than ever about their non-fiction account!

If you want a different spin on the Diana and Dodi story, you should look into this. You can find out more from their website.

Also reviewed by:


cessie said...

Found your blog through Book blogs ;-)
Like you I do have a love for all things Diana as well and while reading your review I wondered what it must have been like to find out you're on the spot where it all happened. Must be weird.
Did the book change your view on the Diana and Dodi story?
Sounds like an interesting book.

Anna said...

Sounds interesting. So the authors actually witnessed the crash but the story they tell in this book isn't exactly what they witnessed? I wonder how much of it is based on fact. I'm always curious about that.


Tricia said...

Cessie: It didn't really change my view. It wasn't a book so much about Diana and Dodi as it was about a conspiracy theory responsible for their deaths. I'm glad you stopped by! :)

Anna: I think the author's actually arrived on the scene as it happened. They were in a taxi. You don't really have any way to know what they saw and what they didn't from the book. However, I believe if you google their names, you can watch some news footage from the time.