Based on a True Story – Delphine de Vigan

Overwhelmed by the huge success of her latest novel, exhausted and suffering from a crippling inability to write, Delphine meets L.

L. embodies everything Delphine has always secretly admired; she is a glittering image of feminine sophistication and spontaneity and she has an uncanny knack of always saying the right thing. Unusually intuitive, L. senses Delphine’s vulnerability and slowly but deliberately carves herself a niche in the writer’s life. However, as L. makes herself indispensable to Delphine, the intensity of this unexpected friendship manifests itself in increasingly sinister ways. As their lives become more and more entwined, L. threatens Delphine’s identity, both as a writer and as an individual.

This sophisticated psychological thriller skillfully blurs the line between fact and fiction, reality and artifice. Delphine de Vigan has crafted a terrifying, insidious, meta-fictional thriller; a haunting vision of seduction and betrayal; a book which in its hungering for truth implicates the reader, too—even as it holds us in its thrall.

Win a copy of the international sensation that sold half a million copies in France: a chilling work of true-crime literature about a friendship gone terrifyingly toxic and the very nature of reality.

My Thoughts:
In this book, we follow Delphine as she finds a new friend L. At first, everything seems fine and great, they are getting along really well and have loads in common, L isn’t as forthcoming with information about her past but that’s ok. However, as time goes on Delphine starts to get odd feelings towards L, like something isn’t quite right.

This book is so creepy and strange. It’s so realistic how L inserts herself into Delphine’s life and then vanishes without a trace and there is no evidence of her ever existing.

I can kind of see why Delphine chose to forget about L’s odd behaviour because it was rare and they were close, but to be honest L made me super uncomfortable and almost from the start and I could see that there were some ulterior motives behind her actions and I just wanted to jump into the book and tell Delphine to stay away from her.

Overall I thought this was a really good book, and really well written and the back and forth with the stories and the present. I really enjoyed that aspect but I was really creeped out.

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