AUTHOR: TARA ISABELLA BURTON • GENRE: CONTEMPORARY FICTION • PAGES: 273 • RRP: $29.99 • RELEASE DATE: 14 June 2018 • PUBLISHER: BLOOMSBURY
You can’t fool them forever…
A Ripley story for the Instagram age set in contemporary New York; a world at once sophisticated and sordid, irresistible and irresponsible, unforgettable yet unattainable
Louise is struggling to survive in New York; juggling a series of poorly paid jobs, renting a shabby flat, being cat-called by her creepy neighbour, she dreams of being a writer. And then one day she meets Lavinia. Lavinia who has everything – looks, money, clothes, friends, an amazing apartment…
Lavinia invites Louise into her charmed circle, takes her to the best parties, bars, the opera, shares her clothes, her coke, her Uber account. Louise knows that this can’t last for ever, but just how far is she prepared to go to have this life? Or rather, to have Lavinia’s life?
What a strange little book. I was expecting bit to be somewhat edgy but I definitely didn’t think it would be quite as disturbing in parts as what it was. I don’t mind books that push me out of my comfort zone from time to time but, while the story certainly kept me reading, in the end I kind of wish that I had never read it despite not hating it.
The setting whilst it is in Manhattan, just seemed too extreme. Extreme partying, extreme parties, extreme friendships. It was just too much extreme to really immerse yourself in the plot. Lavinia’s character didn’t seem real because of this. She was just too much. Louise on the other-hand seems relatable until you dig deeper and find a very twisted individual.
The writing however was really well done in my opinion. The author contracted short sharp sentences with some over the top detailed ones. This meant that the pace of the book was easy to keep up and it also seemed like a reference to the diminishing state of mind of the central characters as well.
Not my cup of tea but I am giving it 3 cups because I feel like it is more due to my personal taste rather than the book being a bad.
Overall Rating:￼￼￼￼ ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼☕￼￼☕￼￼☕￼￼￼￼￼￼ 3/5 teacups
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This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Happy reading x