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What If Princess Diana Hadn T Died Diana S Life And Marriage Were Fairy Tale And Nightmare Adored By Millions, In Her Personal Life She Suffered Heartbreak And Betrayal Within A Life Of Privilege, She Frequently Felt Trapped And Alone Constrained By Protocol And Precedent, She Refused To Follow The Rules Untold Story Takes The Life Of The World S Most Famous Woman As A Point Of Departure, Examining The Past And Imagining A Future The Fictional Princess Who Is The Novel S Heroine Is At Breaking Point And, Believing That The Establishment Is Plotting Her Assassination, She Makes An Irrevocable Decision To Stage Her Own Death And Begin A New Life Under An Assumed IdentityAfter A Period Of Intense Upheaval, Lydia As She Is Known Settles In Small Town America And Establishes A Fragile Peace It Is Threatened By Thoughts Of What She Has Lost Not The Glamour And Glitz Of Royalty But That Which Is Most Precious Her Children She Is, At Least, Safe In The Knowledge Having Altered Her Appearance And Ten Years After Her Death That Her Secret Will Never Be UncoveredBut Then A Chance Encounter With A Member Of The Paparazzi Robs Her Of That Certainty Will He Recognize Her Should She Flee Or Remain Calm Is There Anyone She Can Trust And Turn To, Or Will She Inevitably Be Betrayed Untold Story Is A Novel About Family And Friendship, Intrigue And Obsession, The Meaning Of Identity, And The Peculiar Calamity Of Fame

10 thoughts on “Untold Story

  1. says:

    While I cannot call this novel completely unreadable, I cannot recommend it It has received reviews that range from lukewarm to mediocre, which should have dissuaded me However, the topic drew me, and probably thousand of other 40 something year old women Lydia is Princess Diana and the novel revolves around what would have happened if Diana had faked her own death to get away from the trappings of her life The first thing that bothered me was why the author didn t name her Nadia, which would have been an exact anagram of Diana, as opposed to the almost anagram that Lydia is The book is told in a very annoying way it switches from the present time alternating narration by Lydia and a photographer who thinks he knows who she is with a past tense diary of the butler assistant who aided and abetted her disappearance followed by a series of letters written ten years previously from Lydia to the butler assistant.I read about 150 pages and felt that I didn t care enough to read the next 100 so I flipped to the end It was not a good read and I m not sure if it was that the premise was bad, if the writing was bad, the narration was irritating or that the plot was just not compelling But, it was still better than the Lemon Cake book from last summer.

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    4.5 starsWhat if Princess Diana is alive What if she faked staged her own death because she was overwhelmed with her life and couldn t take it any What if, than a decade later, someone found her I was delighted with this book, I ve always been somehow fascinated with Lady Di, and I ve sometimes wondered What if Recommended

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    I have no idea what I thought this was when I started reading it Obviously I knew when I requested it from the library, but that was a long time ago, and I d forgotten So it was a little surprising to find that it was an imagined retelling of Princess Diana s story, if she d not really died and had instead faked her own death and escaped to America not a spoiler.And I have to say that I loved the idea of it, but the execution was a bit weak Or maybe it was just that this was badly edited I mean, I liked it, for the most part, and read it cover to cover in a day, but it wasn t really very well done and I had to sit and wait for my husband multiple times today, so it s not like I didn t have the time to read it.Interesting Absolutely Great idea Most definitely Execution Not so great Perhaps with a better editor, but really, there just could have been , all the way around.And really, the spelling numskull even though approved of by made me crazy.Also, I honestly have no idea what happened at the end And I don t care enough to re read the last few pages and figure it out So while it was interesting and a quick read and good for a beach or back deck, that s about all it is And I m thankful the library was willing to share it with me

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    While the premise of the story intrigued me, I found the story very weak I ve always been a bit of a royalty buff, mostly due to the fact that I grew up with my mom a royalty buff, particularly the British Royal Family So when I heard of this book, I wanted to read it The idea of an alternate story for Diana That instead of her untimely death, she faked her own death and tried to live a normal life with a new identity I even enjoyed the fact that the story was told from multiple points of view But it still comes down to the fact that the story was weak There was a buildup and then it seemed to fizz out instead of a big crescendo finish This story could have went many ways, but it comes down to one of the paps that used to photograph her in her former life randomly showing up in the same town as her and realizing its her from just looking in her eyes and him deciding to make the move to announce to the world that she faked her death and changed her looks surgically to hide from the world While this all sounds good, I found Ali s story to drag The pace of the entire book was off And you simply can t place your finger on it At first I worried that I simply let my hopes get too high for the book So while the book had the potential to be a great read, it was rather flat and hard to finish.

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    I thought this was a load of rubbish and I rarely, if ever, say that about a book I have invested time in I read this to the end only to see if it had any redeeming features and I have to say that it does not not for me anyway.The idea for the book is good but even serious issues such as eating disorders and self harm were treated in a flippant and superficial manner The dialogue was boring I could not get a sense of any character or of the place in which it was set Men and women were treated stereotypically and the author took great liberties with the lives of the Diana, Charles and her sons I know a lot of this knowledge is in the public domain but why not let the woman rest in peace and leave her family alone.I was very disappointed as I had thoroughly enjoyed Brick Lane What has happened this author

  6. says:

    I felt really cheated by this I liked Brick Lane and In the Kitchen was OK, so respecting Ali as a competent and imaginaition writer, when I started reading, I hoped that the one dimensional, cliched characters were going to suddenly reveal depth and interest and that this hackneyed vision of small American life was just ironic, an arrow pointing to something deeperbut they didn t and it wasn t It really was silly and stereotyped right to the unbelievable end Some reviewers speculated if this was Ali trying to break into the American market or appealing for controversy Whatever It was boring and in my opinion an insult to the reader s intelligence.

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    This book was disappointing I m a huge Diana fan and always very interested in royal history through the ages, so this book intrigued me when I saw it at the library What if Diana hadn t died in the tunnel, but faked her death a few months later so she could escape her life That s the question this book asks Aside from the fact that I don t think Diana would leave her sons no matter how bad things got and from what I understand from reading reputable biographies of her, her life was actually on an upswing when she died , I was willing to suspend my disbelief for the book My problem with the book was where the author chose to take this idea The story revolves around a paparazzo who stumbles upon Diana in her new life and wants to out her The Diana character Lydia in her new life realizes he is on to her and it turns into a question of how will she or can she remain undiscovered by the world at large I guess that premise is fine I mean, after the novelty of who is she now, what is her life like, a possibility of discovery is the next logical step, I suppose However, the way this guy found her was so ridiculously impossible He was a British photographer in the States working on a book for the 10th anniversary of Diana s death when he happened to look at a map and see that there was a town called Kensington in the general part of the country he happened to be in, so he decided to go there to work on his book And, guess what That s where Diana was living incognito Because Kensington, of course, was the palace she lived in And, of course he happens to bump into her and take a pic of her because he thought she was hot and in spite of her long dark hair, pumped up lips, and new nose, he s able to recognize her eyes and from there It s on As if The worst part is that the author set up a perfectly plausible way for someone to discover Diana, but just left it twisting in the wind There was a third character, Lawrence, who was Diana s former private secretary He is the one who helped her fake her death amd start her new life This guy was dying and wsa keeping a private journal all about her new life and how they went through the process of faking her death, the plastic surgery, her new life in the States, etc Lawrence also had a brain tumor So, all the author had to do was make it happen that Lawrence dies before he can destroy the journal as he kept saying he needed to do , someone discovers it, hands it over to a journalist who was very familiar with Diana from covering her in the past, and voila Much plausible Not sure why the author set up this whole scenario and then never used it Anyway, aside from all of this, there were a lot of totally flat characters all of Lydia s new friends, whom I couldn t tell apart at all, just a bunch of generic soccer moms a boyfriend who was just a prop the sleazy photographer and Diana herself who really never even came to life is that a pun I m not sure All in all, not a book I recommend.

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    I really enjoyed this book Such an interesting idea What if Diana Lady, Princess, Her Royal Highness had not died in a car crash, but DID fake her own death What if she was still alive, living a normal existance in the United States Could she be discovered I kinda want a sequel to this one guilty pleasure.Publisher s Weekly Review Ali Brick Lane tackles a juicy premise what if Diana hadn t died Far from a salacious romp, though, this is a sometimes too slow character study of a woman in extraordinary circumstances Here, Diana err, Lydia has escaped her life as an ex princess for a new one in the states All the real details of her previous life carefully researched and extrapolated from are there, with one exception having survived the car accident, she later fakes her death by drowning and finds her way, via Brazil, to America She ends up, on a darkly humorous whim, in an anonymous everytown called Kensington, where she builds a quiet life with her dog, Rufus, a job at an animal shelter, and a tight group of friends When a British paparazzo stumbles into her town, though, her new life is threatened This tense development is almost a subplot, overtaken as it is by Lydia s emotional exploration how she was nearing the edge before her death, how unbearable but necessary it was for her to leave her sons, how she has matured and recovered over the years The result is a very human rendering of a mythical woman who survives a tumultuous youth to find an aggressively calm middle age.

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    In the hands of a less capable writer, this what if Princess Diana staged her death and went off to live in anonymity could have been very bad In the continuum of Ali novels, however, I see this one as returning to some of the themes of Brick Lane and answering some of the questions that novel posed quite differently.What if you made a huge mistake very early in life and that mistake led you down a path of self destruction Would your sense of duty mean you had to keep going down that path In Brick Lane the answer was yes Untold Story explores what happens if you say no.I had some minor quibbles with the characterization of Lydia Stackhouse, the person the Princess of Wales becomes after she fakes her own death The emphasis on the trauma Diana experienced when her mother ran off with the polo player seemed rather heavy handed But all in all it s a complex portrait of a troubled woman who learns very early in life that you can t have it all, that there are always tradeoffs, and ultimately that you have to choose yourself instead of trying to live for or through others.

  10. says:

    This book is a what if kind of fiction book The author writes a fiction book loosely based on Princess Diana and what would happen if her accident had been avoided and she instead had fled to a small town in the United States The book waffles back and forth between Lydia the new identity of the former Princess of Wales , her accomplice and a man that has photographed her since before her royal marriage The book was interesting ,but slow in the beginning The author seems to have portrayed Lydia as kind of manic depressive Those who knew her as the Princess of Wales refer to how emotionally unstable she was The book did get very interesting when there were only about four or five chapters left this seemed to be the climax of the book , but then it seemed to end flatly I had to reread the last paragraphs a few times to completely understand the end It wasn t what I had expected or hoped to happen Overall it was a light read that was sort of interesting, but I feel that there were too many loose ends at the end of the book that we left there.