Chris Gavaler’s book Pretend I’m Not Here introduces the reader to the world of reality TV production. Ashley is a production assistant for the hot new show, Who Wants To Be A Blind Date. It is her job to chaperon each week’s winners on their Caribbean date and make sure that nothing Machiavellian happens. However, in the Caribbean the bad guys are after her boss, and so are the FBI, and they both are after Ashley. Surrounded by reporters, a dead body, hired thugs, a blind date, and the FBI, Ashley struggles to solve the mystery of why they all are after her. Helping her is Andrew, a reporter who has an agenda of his own. He is not above using Ashley to get his story or making deals with those who want to hurt Ashley.
This book was difficult read because of the many characters in the book. Each scene seemed to revolve around a different set of characters and it was challenging to remember who was who. The romance did not take place until the very end of the book and felt like an after thought. The hero was difficult to like because of his devious actions and Ashley appeared weak-willed. The story seemed rushed and Ashley went from being mad at Andrew, straight into bed with him. The reader does really form an attachment with any of the characters and this makes the book difficult to read. It was also difficult to understand because I received an incomplete copy, there were 9 pages missing from the end of the book. This factor made the book very problematic to review. However, the concept of reality TV was refreshing and fun and the first person point of view was well written. This book did not really work for me, but I would be willing to try this author again in the future.