Book Review: Based On A True Story by Delphine de Vigan

What’s it about?

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.

My thoughts

I’ve got to admit this book did take some getting into as I wasn’t and still am not entirely sure what is was that I was reading.  Was it a memoir, pure fiction, or a mixture of both?  I also felt confused about the books the characters were talking about and the realisation that the book that pushed Delphine into the limelight isn’t this one I’m reading.  Having got passed my own confusion, this book is so unnerving with the inference of a deadly sense of foreboding that you’re just waiting for something awful to happen, which of course, makes you read faster to find out.

The author has this way of depicting how easy it is for a person to manipulate and embed themselves in another’s life, it’s very cleverly plotted and crafted but underneath all of it, it’s still at the back of my mind – is this real, did this happen to her? I still don’t know!

If you like plots that are full of drip-fed suspense and are reminiscent of the movies Single White Female and Stephen King’s Misery this is for you.  I was excited to discover that is has been adapted into a French movie so you never know it may be translated and released at a later date.

Book links: Goodreads | Waterstones | Amazon

Author links: Goodreads

Small print for info
Source: ARC – many thanks!
No of pages: 384
Publisher:  Bloomsbury

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