I don’t usually write book reviews, mainly because I don’t feel qualified to comment on other people’s work, but I recently had the pleasure of reading Trevor Belshaw’s ‘Tracy’s Hot Mail’, and felt compelled to write about it.
So, what’s it about?
In a series of gossipy emails, Tracy dishes the dirt on her friends and colleagues. From her benefit-fiddling father, her porn obsessed boyfriend, even her pocket billiards champion, boss. Then of course, there’s Mr Blunt, a serial arse grabber, and not forgetting Olivia, the office tart. Behind Tracy’s wide-eyed innocence and reassuring smile, lies a muck-spreader of the highest calibre.
First up, let me say, Trevor writes like a girl! It’s a compliment, honest. In fact, it’s slightly worrying how well he channels the voice of a twenty-something girl, but I think that’s a whole other blog post.
Seriously, Trevor manages to bring Tracy to life through his witty choice of words and laugh-out-loud scenarios. Each character is so perfectly created, they practically jump off the page (or screen) and Tracy is as likable as characters come, even with her many flaws. I’m tempted to liken her to Bridget Jones, but that doesn’t really do ‘Tracy’s Hot Mail’ justice.
PS – Trevor’s latest web serial ‘Diary of an Aspiring Adulteress’ is well worth a look.