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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
Alaina Michelle Sekovich was a brilliant beauty born to the iconic European composer Alexander Sekovich. Michelle could not live under her father’s domineering thumb anymore, so she ran away to Paris when she was fifteen years old. She became a multimedia star and the toast of every modeling campaign, movie set, advertorials, and more. Michelle had it all but was losing it. As usual, she was caught in a web of obsessive control by everyone in her life who claimed to care. Michelle wanted to escape the burdens people placed on her from childhood into adulthood. But the more she ran, the harder she fell. How much can Michelle give before she loses it and folds? Lifeline to Marionette by Jennifer Waitte tells the complete story.
Lifeline to Marionette was a book that increased my heart rate and made me feel actual pain in my stomach. When I got to the end of this fantastic page-turner, I wanted to get physical with the characters. Jennifer Waitte created a tough yet frail protagonist that called to my protective instincts. I felt like snatching up Michelle, keeping her in a room to destress, and daring anyone to come close. However, I loved Jason. The story was realistic, with effortless dialogue, consistent characters, and a brilliant plot. This novel unveiled the crazy lives of child stars while exploring the greed, exploitation, sabotage, envy, jealousy, cruelty, and loneliness that rules the scene. The child stars become objects and cash cows, while their essence gets eroded until they snap. I could tell this story was straight from the heart. Please write more, Jennifer.