Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Do This for Me: A Novel by the kind folks at Penguin Random House. No other compensation was received.
I seem to have hit a string of disappointing novels lately. Maybe that’s why I stick to non-fiction. Do This for Me A Novel, by Eliza Kennedy, would seem to have great promise, but I was left feeling disappointed in almost all of the characters.
This novel is the fictitious story of Raney Moore, am ambitious partner at a Manhattan law firm. She’s living the high life – twin girls, loving husband, and most importantly (to Raney at least) a powerful career.
Do This for Me: A Novel Book Review
We can all see the set up here. Marriage troubles, cheating, lying, re-inventing oneself, followed by either reconciliation or moving off in separate directions. On this point, the storyline does not disappoint. It’s a tried and true formula that is to be expected and enjoyed. My chief beef, if you can call it that, is the lack of moral fibre exhibited by the adult characters.
It seems a key point in the story – the hacking and absolute decemation of a career via social media – is handled very lightly. Anyone who’s paid attention during the last half decade or so (or just an election), can tell you social media slander is no small thing.
Everyone seems to turn a blind eye to the incident. As a woman scorned, Raney has been given carte blanche to exact whatever revenge she feels will suit the crimes committed. The damage to her victim’s career and reputation are glossed over. Anyone who has ever had their name smeared can tell you it is no small thing.
Overall, the writing in Do This for Me makes it an easy enough read. The inner workings and pecking order within the law firm do seem quite believable. Even a career field that should rely so heavily on brains and dedication to get ahead is still rife with old stereotypes and misogynistic tendencies.
I’d give this book a 4 out of 10 rating. Unfortunately, there are a lot of other things I’d prefer to read.