I checked The Great Pretender out because of a brou-ha-ha on the author Millenia Black's blog
Ms. Black spoke out with a vengeance when her publisher (New American Library), threatened not to publish her next book unless she made the characters black.
She prevailed in that dispute. Her book The Great Betrayal will be published with white characters as it was originally written. I imagine NAL got a ton of bad publicity out of that one (good move guys!)
So, yeah, brou all over the place, followed by a 'ha ha'. I had to check out her work.
I'm afraid The Great Pretender was one of the worst books I've read all year. I only finished reading it so I could write a review. The characters were horrible, unlikeable, poorly motivated paper cut-outs. The writing was stiff. The dialogue was unbelievable. The plotting was clumsy. If a gun is introduced in the first act in the form of a divorcing friend who knows dirty secrets, I expect a gun to go off in the third act in the form of said friend actually revealing some secrets, not getting laid with yet another minor character who I don't care about. There were not one, not two, but THREE unintended pregnancies. Plus an STD.
There was really nothing good about this book. It was one of those books that says 'hey, if this got published, maybe YOU should try writing a book again! Because this sucks!'