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 the very first page, you know this is not going to end well. This tale of two young women who have nothing in common, except a need to be wanted and loved. But this was a friendship doomed by what appears to be mental illness on all sides!
Lavinia goes through ‘friends’ at an alarming rate. She is a first class narcissist and manipulator. We see Louise as a poor, struggling working class girl who has a real gift for writing. We know she came from a working class family, but the rest comes in bits and pieces as she falls under the spell of Lavinia. And I felt sorry for her.
I should not have felt sorry for her. Nothing you know in the beginning or the middle will prepare you for the end. And that ending left me with more questions than answers, and for some reason I am okay with that.
If this was a movie, I would be sitting in the theater mumbling, “No, no, no, don’t do that!”. Well Done!
NetGalley/Doubleday June 15, 2018 Release