Book Review: #FashionVictim

#FASHIONVICTIM | Amina Akhtar
09.11.2018 | Crooked Lane Books
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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Anya St. Clair is one of the up and coming fashion editors working for La Vie. She has worked hard to get where she is. Changed her name. Bought a wardrobe worth thousands of dollars. Enhanced her resume. Stepped up her social media game. Killed a few people.

Sarah Taft sits the next desk over from Anya and instead of working to get the same position, it was given to her just because of who she is. Sarah comes from a wealthy, prominent family. She was destined for life in the limelight since birth with her perfect hair, perfect body, and perfect ability to work the crowds. Anya desperately wants to be her friend. Her best friend. BFFs.

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Kill them with kindness and enthusiasm if you can’t kill them at all.

When their boss, Celia, throws out a competition between Anya and Sarah for a promotion, Anya can feel her destiny coming true. This is her chance and she’s willing to do anything for both the promotion and her friendship. The problem is in order to win the competition, she must beat Sarah and the only way to beat Sarah is to become Sarah. Just how far will Anya go? What will happen to those who stand in her way?

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Everybody knows that promotions are based on your social standing, no matter what Celia says. And you have none. You’re a total nobody. Seriously, no one knows who you are. Which is just so sad because you’re, like, really great.

#FASHIONVICTIM is being promoted as American Psycho meets The Devil Wears Prada and I cannot think of a better comparison! Anya leads the reader through the book as the narrator, but you never can be sure of Anya’s point of view. Let me make this clear, Anya is not the unreliable narrator you’re thinking she might be. She’s so much more! Anya is calm, cool, and completely murderous. She’s exactly what I would dream up as a female version of Patrick Bateman. Akhtar does a fantastic job of dropping the reader into Fashionlandia and life as a magazine editor. Everything from frenemies, to the Lauren-bots, to Instagram, to Botox. Each detail is incredibly well done that you feel like you’re watching a movie while reading. It’s so rare to find a comedic aspect to crime fiction, but #FASHIONVICTIM delivers the goods! There are absolutely laugh out loud moments within these pages without being overdone or detracting from the story. Once you pick this one up, be prepared to binge read!

Everyone will betray you at some point. Everyone. Don’t believe me? Look around your friends. Think of everything you’ve done that pissed you off. What kind of friends are they? Betrayers.

A special thank you to Crooked Lane Books for providing me a free copy of this book!

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