Last night I finished reading Pinnacle Lust by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre. Doing so was part of the Women on Writers blog tour, I was honored to have a chance to read her book and have her write a guest post for my blog. You can read about it here.
Pinnacle Lust is about Sharon, a nurse working in a hospital in Israel who meets a handsome doctor (Dr. Sloan). He’s married. Against all morals, the two fall heavily in lust and begin having an affair.
But that’s not the point of the story. In my opinion.
The book starts out with a vague description of Leigh. She’s just turned eighteen years old and is about to open a gift from her mother. After removing the wrapping from the box, she’s shocked to learn that the gift is her mother’s diary from many years ago. This is where the reader meets Sharon and handsome Dr. Sloan and Leigh is only mentioned twice more throughout the book.
For the next several chapters, the reader lives inside the diary of Sharon Lapidot as she tells the story of meeting and falling for the doctor. These chapters were filled with tension, scandal, drama, and one brief, but exceptionally well written scene about the war going on in Israel.
However, it was the way the words were spelled out on the pages that made it difficult for me to stay involved in the book. Sharon Lapidot couldn’t decide on much of anything as she vacillated from one emotion to the next and repeatedly asked questions that were phrased toward the reader as she attempted to figure out whether she was going to continue seeing Dr. Sloan. Many times the story was written in list form, again making it hard for me to enjoy.
At one point, I’ll admit, I went to Amazon to check out the reviews of Pinnacle Lust. I also have to admit I was surprised to find it had several five star reviews. Those reviews encouraged me and I returned to the book, determined to finish it.
When I got to chapter forty, things started to turn around. There was a twist I hadn’t expected. Dr. Sloan’s wife made a serious entrance into the storyline and I began to see the depth in her character and in Dr. Sloan’s. Sharon Lapidot even redeemed herself a bit in my eyes with a few decisions she made (though I do wish there had been more action and less drama in her life).
Then, in the last chapter, I was really shocked by what happened. And kind of disappointed that the story ended.
In my opinion, Pinnacle Lust started at chapter forty. Chapter one and the introduction of Leigh could have been the first few paragraphs of chapter forty and given the drama of a married man’s affair with a beautiful nurse some real substance.
I give Pinnacle Lust three stars. One for the interesting setting, one for the scandalous storyline, and one for making me want to read the next book.
Have you read Pinnacle Lust? I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.