For readers of Gillian Flynn and Donna Tartt, a dark, propulsive and addictive debut thriller, splashed with all the glitz and glitter of New York City.
They go through both bottles of champagne right there on the High Line, with nothing but the stars over them… They drink and Lavinia tells Louise about all the places they will go together, when they finish their stories, when they are both great writers-to Paris and to Rome and to Trieste…
Lavinia will never go. She is going to die soon.
Louise has nothing. Lavinia has everything. After a chance encounter, the two spiral into an intimate, intense, and possibly toxic friendship. A Talented Mr. Ripley for the digital age, this seductive story takes a classic tale of obsession and makes it irresistibly new. (From Goodreads)
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I rate this book 4 out of 5 Stars.
This book is raunchy, and vulgar, and I LOVED it. I honestly do not know how to even describe this insane read. To compare it to “A Talented Mr. Ripley” is about spot on. With Lavinia and Louise, there is a fine line between stalker, and stalkee, they both feed off the toxicity they call a friendship. The secondary characters are just as much elite socialites as Lavinia is, so the whole book you reading about these pompous, arrogant, spoiled rich kids, who think they rule the world. It’s a rather intriguing prose, and it makes this reader wonder how close to reality it is.
As crazy as Lavinia was, I actually really liked her character. Louise, I didn’t like so much, I found her to be selfish, and lacking a moral compass, which is funny because she’s the “poor kid”
From page one, I was addicted, I read well past my bedtime, woke up early, and instead of partaking in nap time with my little ones, I decided to read this beauty instead. I was trapped in this world with L&L and I needed to find out how it ended, and what happened to this circle of young adults.
Only downside is, I wasn’t in love with the ending. I liked it, and I believe it was well suited for this style of writing, but I was hoping for something else. I have seen so many mixed reviews, and this is definitely going to be a love it or hate it book, and my suggestion is, If you have any aversion to reading about drug use, vulgar/raunchy language, and rape, than you most likely will not enjoy this book. I definitely would not suggest this book for romance or fluffy YA readers. But my dark heart and soul enjoyed every darn page!
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