The Blonde

The Blonde

by Anna Godbersen

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At the height of the Cold War, Marilyn Monroe was the most infamous woman in the world. But what if she was also a secret Soviet spy?

In 1947, a young, unknown Norma Jeane Baker meets a mysterious man in Los Angeles who transforms her into Marilyn Monroe, the star. Twelve years later he comes back for his repayment, and Marilyn is given her first assignment from the KGB: uncover something about JFK that no one else knows.

But a simple job turns complicated when Marilyn falls in love with the bright young President, and learns of plans to assassinate Kennedy. More than anything, Marilyn wants to escape her Soviet handlers and save her love—and herself. Desperate, ruthless and brilliant, what she does next will leave readers reeling.

From New York Times bestselling author Anna Godbersen comes a whip-smart re-imagining of the life of Marilyn Monroe, set in a world of silver screen glamour and political intrigue. At once a crackling portrayal of Old Hollywood, an intimate portrait of the larger-than-life star, and a cat-and-mouse thriller, The Blonde is history rewritten as it could have—and might have been.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602862814
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,164,645
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Anna Godbersen is the New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe and Bright Young Things. Anna grew up in Berkeley, California, graduated from Barnard College, and lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York.

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The Blonde 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
conspiracy theorists will love it Did I enjoy this book: I like the ending. There’s a quote on page 342 that sums up the novel beautifully. “There are already too many stories, and you know how once there’s a little scandal people love to fabricate on top of that.” That’s what Godbersen does. She takes an over-sensationalized story and adds a lot of fabrication. It’s too bad because I like the idea of the book. In the end, I’m just not much of a conspiracy theorist. The other problem for me was the characters. I couldn’t cheer for any of them. The Kennedys are portrayed as wicked. Marilyn is nauseating (until the very end). Alexei, the CIA, and FBI; they’re all bad guys.  We really don’t have a protagonist in the story. Without someone to cheer for the novel falls flat. Would I recommend it: I think there’s an audience for this book. Conspiracy theorist will love it. Otherwise, just check it out of the library and read the last three chapters. Note of caution: Anna Godbersen’s previous series was geared for young adults. This is an adult book with profanity, graphic sex, and other mature situations. As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews. (I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
AvidReader10TN More than 1 year ago
This book has to be one of the best I have read in a is a must read for anyone who is a Marilyn Monroe fan or even just the time period it is written in which was very lavishly described. The plot is fantastic and keeps you guessing and wondering until it all comes together in the end with a shocking twist I did not expect. It was most certainly a page turned without the usual cliches and dry dead descriptions in every other novel you pick up these days. I have also read Bright Young Things and have to say I am very impressed with this author and look to read other books by her in the future