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Publisher's Summary

"Social Creature is a wicked original with echoes of the greats (Patricia Highsmith, Gillian Flynn)." (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)

For listeners 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.

©2018 Tara Isabella Burton (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Dark, stylish...Burton's exceptional character work further elevates the tale; every individual is both victim and villain, imbuing their interactions with oceans of emotional subtext and creating conflict that propels the book toward its shocking yet inevitale conclusion...At once a thrilling and provocative crime novel, a devastating exploration of female insecurity, and a scathing indictment of society's obsession with social media." (Kirkus)

"Fans of the cult classic Poison Ivy will appreciate the mousy girl-wild girl dynamic on display in Burton's fiendishly clever debut...An ingenious dark thriller in the Patricia Highsmith Tom Ripley mode...This devious, satisfying novel perfectly captures a very narrow slice of the Manhattan demimonde." (Publishers Weekly)

"This fast-paced, stylish, dialogue- and character-driven debut...will definitely ensnare readers. Diabolically playing on what we think we know about others and what we reveal about ourselves in the social-media age, it will give readers the creeps, too." (Booklist)

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Self-Indulgent Sociopaths without a real plot

Don't bother wasting your time on this book. The unlikeable characters are only bested by the nonexistent plot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Something Rotten in the Selfie Set

A fantastic drama about postmodern excess inside a dark and cynical world of privilege. I loved the staccato style of dialogue. ❤💯⚠💀👀👍😎😋🍑🍆

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uncomfortable

This is an interesting book about very flawed people. Although it is somewhat entertaining, I did not like the characters enough to want anything positive to happen to them. The book wonders from one bad decision to the next but I didn't care about the people, it just bothered me that it was spiraling downwards.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Updated "Talented Mr. Ripley"

Very reminiscent of "The Talented Mr. Ripley" with a gender switch and a current time frame. ( Social media is a major tool in deception.) This is a story where no one is likeable or sympathetic, and everyone seems to live only for partying. A twisted story about pretty awful people.

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Drove me insane... with glee

This book was so good. I couldn’t put it down. So good! Very well written. Very entertaining!

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  • SJ
  • San Diego
  • 08-12-18

Awful, returned.<br /><br />

Got a few chapters in, could not tolerate the nonsense. Could not find the story.

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Wow

This was amazing. The story, the writing, the acting, I loved all of it. I’d read a sequel.

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Very disappointing

I had great expectations, having read a very good essay by the author, but this is an awful story, with unbelievable characters and a plot that is as contrived as silly. The moral arch, if any, is pretty horrible.

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  • Ali_Co
  • PA, United States
  • 08-06-18

Entertaining and fun

I thought this book was entertaining and fun. Great setting, and fun details. Overall it was a little predictable, and certainly a story that we've all heard before (Talented Mr. Ripley, as others have mentioned, and which is a better book), but I liked the female perspective and the New York locale. A fun summer audiobook.

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Not great but very hard to put down

This book was compulsively readable (actually I listened to it). But there were too many loose ends and an unsatisfactory ending to give it 5 stars. The narrator was outstanding!