$14.99; August 2010)
Holly's inbox provides unguarded access to heroine Holly, making her realistic and relatable, as you can picture yourself in her shoes, obsessing over how to phrase a message or waiting for a response. Author Bill Surie has created a novel that reads like the personal correspondence of a woman who is navigating her new relationship with her boyfriend and gossip at the office, with each snippet of information revealed through Holly's frequent exchanges with her best friends, her well-meaning but delusional parents, shifty brother and Internet-savvy grandmother.
Holly works in reception at a London investment bank and seems to spend most of her day composing e-mails to friends, family and her boyfriend, Toby. Occasionally, work intrudes and Holly must deal with the demands of her job. Through her e-mails and the subsequent replies from various people, we learn about Holly's quirky family, the day to day grind of working and her boyfriend Toby who also works in the bank. Seems that their relationship is floundering a bit and Holly and her friends Jason, Trisha and Aisha think that Toby might be harboring a secret. Is he having an affair? Why does he keep making trips to France?When Holly is promoted to manager, she only has 30 days to prove herself. Holly does an excellent job but an unfortunate mix-up just before the end of the probation period sends Holly and the bank into a tailspin. Her at- work-nemesis, Tanya, tries to make Holly's life hell but Holly does manage to get her own sweet revenge. About half way through the book started to flag for me and began sounding repetitive but then the author threw a few twists in that perked up my interest. Even though it is 523 pages long, it reads up quickly in the e-mail format. While I didn't love the book, I did like it, especially the nice neat ending. An easy read if you're looking for something extremely light and frothy with a comedic feel to it. 3***
About the author :
Holly Denham is the pen name for Bill Surie, who is the owner of a placement service for receptionists and secretaries in London, a direct inspiration for Holly’s Inbox. He started the Holly's Inbox website as a place to serialize his first novel, which became an overnight sensation.
Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Sourcebooks, Inc.