Secrets and Fries at the Starlight Diner (The Starlight Diner Series, Book 2)
by Helen Cox
What brings Bonnie Brooks to The Starlight Diner? And why is she on the run?
As the front-woman in a band, Bonnie is used to being in the spotlight, but now she must hide in the shadows.
Bonnie only has one person who she can turn to: her friend Esther Knight, who waitresses at the Fifties-themed diner. There, retro songs play on the jukebox as fries and sundaes are served to satisfied customers. But where has Esther gone?
Alone in New York City, Bonnie breaks down in front of arrogant news reporter, and diner regular, Jimmy Boyle. Jimmy offers to help her. Can she trust him?
When the kindly owner of the Starlight Diner offers Bonnie work, and she meets charming security officer Nick Moloney, she dares to hope that her luck has changed. Is there a blossoming romance on the cards? And can Bonnie rebuild her life with the help of her Starlight Diner friends?
Great, enjoyable mystery with a bit of romance thrown in! Bonnie shows up at the Starlight Diner looking for her friend, Esther. Bonnie is running, and Esther is the only person she can trust. When she finds out that Esther isn’t there, she has to lean on Mona, the owner of the restaurant, and Jimmy the cocky news reporter she meets. When Nick, a security officer enters her life, she will have to determine who she can trust. Not everyone is who they appear to be!
Both the plot and the characters combined together made this such an addictive read. Cox does a fantastic job of building the mystery of what Bonnie is running from and who is after her. One of the most endearing aspects of the book are the characters. Each is complex, even the secondary characters. Each fills an important part of the story. I loved Jimmy from the very beginning even though he comes across as brash and arrogant. Bonnie appears tough, but she does have a very vulnerable side which is illustrated as the story continues. Each character plays a part in helping her re-build her life.
I didn’t read the first book in the series, but I didn’t feel like I had missed anything. Cox gives us details of earlier characters that filled in any blank parts from the first book. Some deeper issues are discussed such as what family means. Sometimes you find out that family is the people you choose to have in your life, not necessarily the one you were born into. I highly recommend reading if you are looking for a smart, witty book with unforgettable characters!
About Helen Cox
Helen Cox is a book-devouring, photo-taking, film-obsessed novelist. If forced to choose one, Helen’s Mastermind specialism would be Grease 2. To this day, she still adheres to the Pink Lady pledge and when somebody asks her if she is a god she says ‘yes.’
After completing her MA in creative writing at the University of York St. John Helen found work writing for a range of magazines, websites and blogs as well as writing news and features for TV and radio. She has written three non-fiction books and founded independent film publication: New Empress Magazine. She currently lives in York and writes novels.
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