Carnegie Hill by Jonathan Vatner ★★☆☆☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

Primary Genre(s): Fiction
Published: 20 Aug 2019 by St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books
Page count: 352 (print)
My Format: ebook via NetGalley
Cover: Cute
Pacing: Okay
Ending: Non-existent  
Do I Recommend: No
Commission Link (U.S.): Buy Carnegie Hill

My rating: ★☆☆☆

At age thirty-three, Penelope “Pepper” Bradford has no career, no passion and no children. Her intrusive parents still treat her like a child. Moving into the Chelmsford Arms with her fiancé Rick, an up-and-coming financier, and joining the co-op board give her some control over her life—until her parents take a gut dislike to Rick and urge Pepper to call off the wedding. When, the week before the wedding, she glimpses a trail of desperate text messages from Rick’s obsessed female client, Pepper realizes that her parents might be right.

She looks to her older neighbors in the building to help decide whether to stay with Rick, not realizing that their marriages are in crisis, too. Birdie and George’s bond frays after George is forced into retirement at sixty-two. And Francis alienates Carol, his wife of fifty years, and everyone else he knows, after being diagnosed with an inoperable heart condition. To her surprise, Pepper’s best model for love may be a clandestine romance between Caleb and Sergei, a porter and a doorman.

My Thoughts
I’ve been trying to read this book for a very long time since it was a NetGalley book I requested. Sadly, I did not like it. Here are my pros and cons for Carnegie Hill:


  1. I did think it was an interesting look at how people are perceived. What you think about someone can be miles away from reality or how that person thinks of themself.


  1. Too many characters and too many of them were irritating and unlikeable. There was simply too much going on and not enough development for anyone.
  2. I feel like the book tried to make some huge social commentary by addressing a bunch of “isms”; however, all of that fell flat and none of it was really covered well.
  3. The pace dragged for me frequently. I put it down from time to time and didn’t pick it back up for months. It just wasn’t engaging for me.
  4. The book would have benefitted from some better editing.
  5. I didn’t like the ending at all.

I finally finished this book and, sadly, I’m not sure why I did other than I felt an obligation to NetGalley since I agreed to review it. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this one.

Thank you NetGalley and Thomas Dunne Books for a free eARC of this book, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.  

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