The Rise by Shari Low & Ross King

September 13th, 2022
number of pages
thriller, romance, adult

rating ❤❤❤
cover ❤❤❤

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When we bury our secrets, they always come back to haunt us…
Their rise was meteoric.

Only a few years before, they had been three friends from Glasgow, just trying to survive tough lives of danger and dysfunction.
But on one Hollywood night in 1993, they were on the world’s biggest stage, accepting their Oscar in front of the watching world.
That night was the beginning of their careers. But it was also the end of their friendship.

Over the next twenty years, Mirren McLean would become one of the most powerful writers in the movie industry.
Zander Leith would break box-office records as cinema’s most in-demand action hero.
And Davie Johnson would rake in millions as a producer of some of the biggest shows on TV.

For two decades they didn’t speak, driven apart by a horrific secret.
Until now…
Their past is coming back to bite them, and they have to decide whether to run, hide, or fight.
Because when you rise to the top, there’s always someone who wants to see you fall.

An exciting new glam thriller for the fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid, Liane Moriarty and Jo Spain


Three young friends from Glasgow made a movie, that got an oscar. Their rise to fame was guaranteed, but that was also when their friendship ended.

Now 20 years after, they all have very successful careers. Mirren is a very successful writer, about to film the 5th movie, based on her mega-successful book series. Zander is a famous, very in-demand action hero and David produces the biggest reality shows on TV. Then journalists want to contact them, to talk about what happened in the past. And it all unravels from there.

It was thrilling, full of secrets and written in a way that made the story very realistic. The kind of story you can't put down. I loved the first and last third of the book, however the middle part I found repetitive, and the story dragged a bit.

about the authors

Ross King and Shari Low is a writing partnership forged in a friendship of over 30 years. Los Angeles-based Ross King is a four-time News Emmy award-winning TV and radio host, actor, producer, writer and performer, and is currently the Hollywood correspondent for ITV’s Good Morning Britain. Shar Lowi is the bestselling writer of nearly thirty novels including My One Month Marriage and One Summer Sunrise and she lives in Glasgow. They are publishing their Hollywood thriller trilogy with Boldwood.

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received from Xpresso Book Tours, all opinions are my own

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  1. This sounds like a compelling, entertaining read!! Great review!


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