Overall Rating: LIKED it!🌟
I received an ARC of #fashionvictim from Net Galley.
On the outside, Anya seems like just any other young women trying to make her way in a cutthroat fashion industry. She works side by side with a women she’s obsessed over and idolized for years, Sarah Taft. Sarah is the Paris Hilton type: thin, blond, rich, and decked out in designer. Anya is convinced that she and Sarah were destined to be “besties” and she’s determined to do whatever it takes to make that happen. Even if it means eliminating the competition.
From the very first chapter Anya’s delusions are pronounced. She’s paranoid – fantasizing about hurting anyone who may be a threat to her. As the chapters pass by, we learn just how desperate Anya is. There are no lengths she won’t go to get what she wants – and what she wants, is everything that Sarah has.
This novel has been described as “Dexter” meets “The Devil Wears Prada” and the whole time I was reading this book I couldn’t stop thinking of just how accurate of a description that is. While some parts of the plot were predictable, it always maintained a twisted element where the only appropriate response was “WTF?!”. The characters perfectly portray the types of people you would expect to find in the fashion world and I really enjoyed the satire and wit that they brought to the story. Though not the main focus, the book also gives some subtle nods to the issues of a lack of diversity in the fashion world and the emphasis on the “Sarah Taft” beauty standard.
This is the first novel for author Amina Akhtar. #FashionVictim is set to release on September 11th, 2018.