Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Empty Glass

In the early-morning hours of August 5, 1962, Los Angeles County deputy coroner Ben Fitzgerald arrives at the home of the world's most famous movie star, now lying dead in her bedroom, naked and still clutching a telephone. There he discovers The Book of Secrets - Marilyn Monroe's diary - revealing a doomed love affair with a man she refers to only as "The General." In the following days, Ben unravels a wide-ranging cover-up and some heartbreaking truths about the fragile, luminous woman behind the celebrity. Soon the sinister and surreal accounts in The Book of Secrets bleed into Ben's own life, and he finds himself, like Monroe, trapped in a deepening paranoid conspiracy. The Empty Glass is an unforgettable combination of the riveting facts and legendary theories that have dogged Monroe, the Kennedy's, the Mafia, and even the CIA for decades. It is an exciting debut from a remarkable new thriller writer. (from Goodreads)

My Thoughts

Well, well, well - this was pretty darn interesting. I was too young in 1962 to remember the death of Marilyn Monroe, but have certainly heard all the stories surrounding the mystery of her last few years and her supposed suicide. I’ll be honest with you, I wasn’t so sure the topic would interest me, but boy, was I wrong. This book pulls the different theories surrounding Marilyn’s death together in a very readable, entertaining and fast paced mystery.

This is a debut from Mr. Baker. All I can say is - Bravo! This author is definitely on my list as someone to watch for his next book. What story will you tell us next?

Thank you to Penguin Group/Blue Rider Press and Netgalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an unbiased review.

Publish date: July 19, 2012


  1. I am fascinated by Marilyn and the mystery surrounding her death..this sounds awesome!

  2. The Book of Secrets? That's my blog's name! :)

    Great review, and thanks for putting this book on my radar! Years ago I read a couple of Marilyn Monroe biographies. She is so fascinating to me, and I've always been curious about what really happened to her in the end. A fictional account would be very interesting. I'll have to check this one out!

    1. I just put in a request for this book at my library. :)

    2. I hope you like it Diana. I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it. This was on my TBR list for awhile and I finally decided to give it a go. Glad I did!