A magnetic, provocative debut novel chronicling a young woman’s downward spiral following the end of an affair
Elsa Fisher is headed for rock bottom. At least, that’s her plan. She has just been fired from MoMA on the heels of an affair with her married boss, and she retreats to Los Angeles to blow her severance package on whatever it takes to numb the pain. Her abandoned crew of college friends (childhood friend Charlotte and her wayward husband, Jared; and Elsa’s ex-husband, Robby) receive her with open arms, and, thinking she’s on vacation, a plan to celebrate their reunion on a booze-soaked sailing trip to Catalina Island.
But Elsa doesn’t want to celebrate. She is lost, lonely, and full of rage, and only wants to sink as low as the drugs and alcohol will take her. On Catalina, her determined unraveling and recklessness expose painful memories and dark desires, putting everyone in the group at risk.
With the creeping menace of Patricia Highsmith and the bender-chic of Bret Easton Ellis, Liska Jacobs brings you inside the mind of an angry, reckless young woman hell-bent on destruction–every page taut with the knowledge that Elsa’s path does not lead to a happy place. Catalina is a compulsive, deliciously dark exploration of beauty, love, and friendship, and the sometimes toxic desires that drive us. (From Goodreads)
I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
A Huge thank you to FSG Originals for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review.
I loved this book, I loved and hated the totally unreliable Elsa, her drug induced stupor, the way that she had zero clue on how terrible of a person she truly was. She was oblivious to her selfishness, she was oblivious to anyone, but herself. Her friends, the men in her life, nothing mattered but the pills in her purse. She was so out of it most of the book that she put herself in the most dangerous situations. She was so focused on running from her past, and not facing what had happened, she lies to her friends about why she came, and instead of healing herself, she decides it’s better to be wreck-less and uncaring. She is determined to ride the downward spiral.
Sometimes you fall in love, and it’s dark, and intense, and it holds such a power of you, that when you lose it, you just don’t know what to do with your life. Your obsessed with your past, and you wonder what you could have done to have made things worse.
Elsa decided to lie, to party, to do drugs, drink, and suck her friends into her world, without any concern for them. Tragedy hits, and she still doesn’t change. Her final choice at the end of the book left me a bit puzzled, but then I realized it was the perfect choice for her, because that’s just the type of shallow person she was.
I loved the writing in this book, I really felt like I was living within the pages. It really just had me hooked from the first page. I am so grateful I got to read Liska Jacobs first novel, she did such a stunning job. I look forward to many more of her books.
It’s out on Nov. 7th. I will include pre-order link below.