My Friend Anna

The True Story of the Fake Heiress Who Conned Me and Half of New York City
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
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Sex and the City meets Catch Me If You Can in the astonishing true story of Anna Delvey, a young con artist posing as a German heiress in New York City - as told by the former Vanity Fair photo editor who got seduced by her friendship and then scammed out of more than $62,000. 

Vanity Fair photo editor Rachel DeLoache Williams’s 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 money, power, greed, and female friendship.  

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

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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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The author is lucky she was scammed.

This will probably sound cruel but in a twisted way the author is lucky that she was conned by Anna Delvry; Being associated with Anna seems to be the only thing interesting about her. Through out the entire book, the author is just so "Gosh golly I don't know how I got scammed!" that it was painful to listen to. The author refuses to admit any wrongdoing and is so precious about everything that at times this book was painful to listen to. I finished the book because the whole Anna Delvry fiasco is fascinating, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.

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How well do you really know your new “best friend?”

There are better people to lay out the bones of this unbelievable story—it’s everywhere if you care to know what happened before you consider this book. However, even if you read every news account, you won’t know how it all happened & what it was like to experience the evil genius of someone you thought you knew. Yes, this true story has been reported in every media outlet by now, & optioned for HBO & Netflix treatments, but there’s nothing like a shocking story written articulately in first-person. Even better, the writer of “My Friend Anna” narrates the audiobook with such detail & heart-wrenching, palpable emotion, you will want to cheer when the guilty party heads to prison! If you enjoyed “Bad Blood” as much as I did & are looking for another riveting true story to make you forgo sleep while you listen just one more hour—I highly recommend this book. I will admit that it might appeal most to young, ambitious women early in their careers on their way up the corporate ladder. I think women can relate to meeting someone & quickly forming a bond that makes you overlook faults & warning signals. It was very easy to understand how a kind, intelligent young woman could be taken in by such a calculating, narcissistic psychopath. It was impossible to understand Anna. FWIW, I will admit I’m “cheap!” My credits are not used lightly. In short, this audiobook was definitely worth a credit!

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Honestly one of the worst books I've ever read.

I was interested in the story of Anna Delvy and was excited to learn about it from someone that was actually involved. This book seemed more like a masturbatory experience for the writer, it had so much unnecessary information about her personal life that I ended up rooting for Anna. The writer is so insufferable that it was difficult to feel any empathy for her. Unless you're looking for a book based on the lifestyle of an unremarkable woman in her late 20's living in New York I would pass on this one.

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If you want to understand the story of Anna Delvey, this is not it. This is the story of Rachel DeLoache Williams and her wishy-washy take on her personal relationship with Anna. It’s 8+ hours of repetition about one incident in Anna’s list of schemes which affected, ultimately, not Rachel, but American Express. If you have a low and stereotypical opinion of the millennial generation and their refusal to accept responsibility for their actions, then do not fuel your fire by reading this. I’m sure Rachel did not write this for sympathy, which is a good thing because all this story musters is annoyance and some hard eye rolls.

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Binge worthy

If you enjoy drama, angst, true crime podcasts, The Real Housewives of anything...this book is a must!

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Fake heiress, not fake news

This was a chilling story There is not a person growing up who has not been cheated by someone they trusted.

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Bland and tedious

This story should have stayed as a condensed Vanity Fair article. It teems with unsympathetic melodrama. It sucked she put her credit card down for the Morocco charges, but its not interesting enough to listen to her rants and worries about it for the whole book. Her hemming and hawing over Annas friendship seemed ridiculous since they were only "friends" for a few months and Anna is clearly a sociopath. No, Rachael, Anna never cared about your friendship, she literally was using you. Even worse, most of the book is just a bland list of *all* her texts. In the end, Annas life sounds frankly terrible and stressful and completely pathetic.

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Pretentious and Just...Awful

My title refers to the author, not Anna. I’m giving up after an hour and I don’t care how many celebs or Manhattan wanna be, or are, somebodies you name drop. Nor do I care what club or restaurant you went to or what bespoke clothes you are wearing. Ugh, bespoke - that overused, annoying adjective. I don’t feel sorry for the author and found her to be extremely superficial and unlikeable. She was blinded by her craving to be cool - her pining, yearning and fawning over the fake Anna is sickening to hear. “I’m one of the cool kids now”.

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Worth the read if first time hearing about it

Feels like an stretched version of the original article the author published in vanity fair magazine last year. However for those who do not know the story it’s worth it. I guess it’s a millennials version of a cautionary tale on trust and friendship.

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A good listen (audio format)

I was thoroughly sucked in by this book. Being far removed from the lifestyle shared here, it was the first I'd heard of Anna Delvey and I found the story fascinating. In the beginning, I thought to recommend it to several friends, but by the end, felt that my friends (who are readers, not listeners) would be turned off by the many details Rachel included, not to mention the extravagance. Because I am a fan of true crime tales, travel and food, these details did appeal to me.

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