This was an exciting one to receive, because the timing was so perfect! Chandra and I are partner reading this one (shocker!) and the package arrived on my doorstep the day Chandra came to visit me in Minnesota 🙂
Thanks to Doubleday Books for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
SOCIAL CREATURE – Tara Isabella Burton (out now!)
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My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!
I’ll start out with saying that this is an incredibly unique read. Tara Isabella Burton has a very distinct literary voice, and I loved it. SOCIAL CREATURE will be one that I can see having some readers divided, but there is no doubt that Burton can write some messed up characters!
We follow a new friendship between Louise and Lavinia. These two couldn’t be more opposite of each other – Lavinia is everything that Louise wants to be and wants to have. Louise has to work multiple jobs to support herself while Lavinia is from a wealthy family that makes it so she never has to worry about finances. Louise quickly gets sucked into the glamour of Lavinia’s life – parties every night with NYC elite, lavish living, and not having a care in the world.
Of course, this friendship isn’t all that it seems to be. Are there ulterior motives at play? Who is using who? One thing I loved from the synopsis was: “A Talented Mr. Ripley for the digital age, this seductive story takes a classic tale of obsession and makes it irresistibly new.” Any other fans of TALENTED MR. RIPLEY?
This story does take obsession to a whole new level and keeps it unique and fresh. Like I mentioned before, Burton has a unique literary voice and I will definitely be looking for more from her in the future. If you want a twisty, original, and dark novel about obsession, then this is the next book for you!
What did you think of debut?