One of the Best Books of the Year:
Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Social Creature is a wicked original with echoes of the greats (Patricia Highsmith, Gillian Flynn)." —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
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.
I had read many positive critical reviews of this book before buying it. I expected to love it. But I found it to be distasteful--completely unlikeable characters, some almost cartoonish, a plot not worth following since most of the suspense was revealed by the author early on, and a "too cute" writing style that was often pretentious (lots of classic and classical literary allusions but so au courant with regard to technology). One of the worst books I have read in many a year. I hope this book is not the shape of novels to come.