Dead Famous by Ben Elton
One house. Ten Contestants. Thirty cameras. Forty microphones.
Yet again the public gorges its voyeuristic appetite as another group of unknown and unremarkable people submit themselves to the brutal exposure of the televised real-life soap opera, House Arrest.
Everybody knows the rules: total strangers are forced to live together while the rest of the country watches them do it. Who will crack first? Who will have sex and with whom? Who will the public love and who will they hate? All the usual questions. And then, suddenly, there are new ones.
Who is the murderer? How did he or she manage to kill under the constant gaze of the thirty television cameras? Why did they do it? And who will be next?
Comments:I’m not really into the whole reality TV jaunt and I found it really hard to get started with this book. It wasn’t long, however, before I found myself getting involved with the characters and trying to figure out who the killer was. It seemed just about everyone had some kind of motive. I have to admit, I was only half right in my guess. This isn’t the most brilliantly written book in the universe, but I’d say it’s worth taking a look.