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My Rating - 5 out of 5 stars

Publisher - Palmetto Publishing
Genre - Fiction
Publishing year - 2020
Language - English
ISBN - 978-1-64990-524-6
Pages - 301

My Review -

Human Resources, a debut book written by Margot Martin, is totally unusual and intriguing. It is general fiction, but the twist in the last 100 pages was mind-blowing. Once I start reading this book, it was hard for me to put it down. 

The story is based on L.A. tv reporters and their twisted lives. Brian Buchanon, President and the general manager of the KKLA news channel. He is an arrogant and controlling person. He hired the protagonist Patrick McGurk (Paddy), and from there begins their friendship, or one can say bizarrely dominating relationship. Due to some influence, Brian has to hire Georgia, another important character of this book.

Paddy felt something for Georgia when he first saw her, but this is the case with all the men. She's a brain with beauty, a fearsome and strong-headed woman; everybody wants to have a physical relationship with her. But they all got the memo from Brian to not involve with her because of his deal with Georgia's celebrity boyfriend, Ahmed. 

All the characters are twisted and sex-mongers, especially Brian Buchanon. Margot Martin has experience of 30 years in the broadcast industry, and it shows in her writing. She created a place where the only thing that matters is high ratings, and with time the characters lost integrity and lack work ethics. The rapacious competition, resentment, and self-indulgence among the colleagues is the typical case of this book, and Georgia suffers the most from all these. 

Paddy and Georgia's relationship affects many people around them; ultimately, a time arrived when she decided which way she wants to go. That decision changed Paddy's life forever. Brian and Paddy are no saints, but they do have a very different opinion regarding Georgia. Brian's constraining nature made him do some unspeakable things in the station that led the story to its full circle and left the readers wondering. 

The story is for adult readers only because it includes erotic narratives, racism, violence, and foul language. In the beginning, the story was slow-paced, as the author builds up the characters and the working scenario, but it picks the pace soon. It was good to see Paddy's character grow with time. Margot Martin did an excellent job with Georgia's role; her struggles, inner turmoil, confusion seemed natural. 

Everything falls in the right place in this story, and I can't wait to read the second part; please publish it soon, Margot. It is a combination of daydreams, secrets, and the insights of the ruthless newscast business with a pinch of romance. If you're looking for some unique read, this one is for you. I highly recommend it. 

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