SOCIAL CREATURE by TARA ISABELLA BURTON

Social Creature

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

Sunday Spotlight Author Jennifer Irwin

Sunday has arrived and brought the sun along! And today I wanted to share a Sunday Spotlight with you all. If you read my blog, you have seen the review.

Jennifer Irwin’s novel, A DRESS the COLOR of the SKY. The book is about addictions, abuse, how the things that happen to us as children can shape us into molds that we don’t want but have no idea how to break out of.

Prue has come to rehab for a sex addiction. Not everyone is here for the same addiction. They all have their own secrets and shame. And hers will all come to light but it’s going to hurt like hell and leave her raw and shattered. The question is will she be able to put herself back together in a new way. In an honest way. Will she be able to forgive herself and the people who used her and left her broken?

Addictions are not pretty. Nor honest. You can’t fix what’s broken unless you face it head on. Look at all of the ugly, hurtful, shameful parts with your head held high. And that is one of the things  I love about Prue. And I can’t wait to see what’s next for her and Jennifer.

I see so many writers trying to publish their work. But to be honest, I don’t see a lot of them putting in the hard work everyday, every night. Jennifer did that with just friends at first and then when she chose Glass Spider Publishing as her publisher, she and her editor worked like dogs! Rewrite, Correct, red line and on and on. She has worked and made us all love her for that alone! Any suggestion, she took. And now, she’s signing books at Barnes and Noble all over the country!  The film rights have been sold. She writes screenplays! I think when I grow up I want to be her!

Get to know her. I promise you will love her!

xx Patricia   Book,Books and More Books!