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Based on a True Story (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 11/01/2018
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'A wonderful literary trompe l'oeil: a book about friendship, writing and the boundary between reality and fantasy ... Dark, smart, strange, compelling' Harriet Lane, bestselling author of Her 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 admires; sophisticated and unusually intuitive, she slowly but deliberately carves herself a niche in the writer's life. However, as she makes herself indispensable to Delphine, the intensity of this unexpected friendship manifests itself in increasingly sinister ways. And as their lives become further entwined, L. begins to threaten Delphine's identity and her safety.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408878842
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 263 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
An incredible true story of obsessive female friendship that grips until the very last mark on the very last page * Denise Mina, bestselling author of The Long Drop *
A story that keeps the reader guessing until - and beyond - the very end ... A story of memory and friendship, a cracking page-turner and a journey into what the essence of fiction, and indeed autobiography, might be. Excellent * Nicholas Searle, author of The Good Liar, shortlisted for the 2016 CWA New Blood Dagger *
In this captivating story of imprisonment ... Delphine de Vigan intelligently questions the place of the writer in our society of imitation * Le Figaro *
This is an addictive read. Clever, compulsive and deft. De Vigan kept me guessing to the point where I even began to question the reality of the pages in my hand. Fantastic * Ann Morgan, author of Beside Myself *
A wonderful literary trompe l'ceil: a book about friendship, writing and the boundary between reality and fantasy ... Dark, smart, strange, compelling * Harriet Lane, bestselling author of Her *
An excellent novel: malign, Machiavellian, manipulative ... This new book is a struggle to put down * Parisien *
A dizzying, psychoanalytical story within a story ... Fascinating * Le Point *
Delphine de Vigan teases her readers' desire for truth, and plays with the grey area between reality and fiction ... Highly convincing * Le Monde *
Enthralling, not only brilliant in its construction - chilling, worthy of the best thrillers - but also it has a rare finesse in its constant questioning of the act of writing * Page *
Delphine de Vigan is a sensation * Observer *

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“Slow Burner”

This book is very slow going ,so much so that I nearly gave up as it seemed to be focused on L all the time and going nowhere.I am glad that I persevered as when the story got going I was eager to find out what was... More

Hardback edition
10th May 2017
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“A mesmerising psychological thriller”

Delphine de Vigan's new novel is a masterful study in slow burning suspense, and an unsettling tale of the darker twists that female friendships can take. Gripping from start to finish, this is the type of book... More

Hardback edition
3 similar books recommended
7th June 2017
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