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My Friend Anna

By: Rachel DeLoache Williams
Narrated by: Rachel DeLoache Williams
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Publisher's summary

One of Time’s 100 Best Books of The Year

Sex and the City meets Bad Blood and Catch Me If You Can in the astonishing true story of Anna Delvey, a young con artist posing as an heiress in New York City - as told by the former Vanity Fair photo editor and friend of Delvey’s who was scammed out of more than $62,000 and is featured as a character in the Netflix series Inventing Anna.

Rachel DeLoache Williams’ new friend Anna Delvey, a self-proclaimed German heiress, was worldly and ambitious. She was also generous - picking up the tab for lavish dinners at Le Coucou, infrared sauna sessions at HigherDOSE, drinks at the 11 Howard Library bar, and regular workout sessions with a celebrity personal trainer.

When Anna proposed an all-expenses-paid trip to Marrakech at the five-star La Mamounia hotel, Rachel jumped at the chance. But when Anna’s credit cards mysteriously stopped working, the dream vacation quickly took a dark turn. Anna asked Rachel to begin fronting costs - first for flights, then meals and shopping, and, finally, for their $7,500-per-night private villa. Before Rachel knew it, more than $62,000 had been charged to her credit cards. Anna swore she would reimburse Rachel the moment they returned to New York.

Back in Manhattan, the repayment never materialized, and a shocking pattern of deception emerged. Rachel learned that Anna had left a trail of deceit - and unpaid bills - wherever she’d been. Mortified, Rachel contacted the district attorney, and in a stunning turn of events, found herself helping to bring down one of the city’s most notorious con artists.

With breathless pacing and in-depth reporting from the person who experienced it firsthand, My Friend Anna is an unforgettable true story of “glamour, greed, lust for power” (The New York Times), and female friendship.

©2019 Rachel DeLoache Williams (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

Featured Article: Catch Our Grift with These Tales of Female Frauds, Scammers, and Cons


When it comes to cons of the criminal variety, women often fly under the radar. And when it comes to pulling off high-level, multifaceted schemes, women continue to be underestimated. But with enough confidence to remain undetected, female con artists, fraudsters, and grifters have scammed their way to infamy, racking up dollars, favors, and fame along the way. The stories they leave behind make for some of the most intriguing cases of all time.

Editor's Pick

The con memoir of my dreams
"Rachel DeLoache Williams took me on a JOURNEY in her new memoir about being the victim of a highly publicized con. In 2016, Rachel was befriended by a mysterious German heiress called Anna Delvey. On Anna’s treat, they indulged in luxuries like infrared spa treatments, exclusive Soho nightclubs, and a private celebrity trainer. But when the two were vacationing at a lavish Marrakesh resort and Anna’s credit card stopped working, she talked Rachel into "temporarily" covering the $30,000+ tab—with money she didn’t have. Rachel never saw that money again, and it ruined her life. Later, Anna was arrested for defrauding businesses all over New York, and the truth came out that she was living under an assumed identity and had never been an heiress. Rachel holds nothing back in her insider account of the notorious crime, and the result is a thrilling tell-all that I have no doubt will be one of the most talked-about releases this summer!"—Rachel S., Audible Editor

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