By Erin Brockovich with CJ Lyons, FSB Media, $25.95, 272 pages
Brassy, boisterous, and often times belligerent; our beloved Erin Brockovich is back in her truest form. Rock Bottom (with CJ Lyons) is her first fictional novel but it runs suspiciously close to non-fiction; more as a sequel to her true life account in the Erin Brockovich movie.
Elizabeth goes home to attend her estranged father’s funeral and handle his affairs. From the moment she steps back into town, she is plagued with memories and threats from the townspeople. She believes her father was murdered. AJ, a single mom of a special needs boy, shows up at his funeral and saves her from the media blasting her with questions about her father’s suspicious death and his involvement in the mountaintop mining that’s going on.
The details in the research of Brockovich’s writing and the growing suspense throughout the entire book is reminiscent of her real life adventures going up against powerful corrupt corporations. However, she attempts first and second person writing that only adds to the confusion, especially in the beginning when the reader is still trying to make out who the protagonist is and all the other players.
If you’re an Erin Brockovich fan, this story will satiate your Erin cravings and leave you waiting for the next Erin installment!