The staff at Hers magazine is shaken when their beloved editor-in-chief is replaced by the ruthless Mimi Walsh. Mimi's quest to turn the lifestyle magazine into a more celebrity-driven tabloid publication leaves the employees on edge as they question how, if at all, they fit in with this new vision.
Palmer, who has extensive experience in the publishing world, brings to life a chaotic workplace full of drama and gossip, and the period of transition portrayed is quite humorous. Each chapter is told from the point of view of a different character. Unfortunately, I found that this approach did not allow me to really get to know any of the characters, and therefore I wasn't as invested in their journeys as I would have liked. Nonetheless, Pretty in Ink succeeds in giving readers the impression that they are getting an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at women's magazines. (LB)