Review by Booklist Review
Childhood best friends reconnect in McCarthy's debut novel of obsession and betrayal. Rose and Lacie were inseparable until the suspicious car accident involving Rose, who was driving, and Lacie's then boyfriend, Leo. Now they haven't seen each other in a dozen years, but when Rose moves to New York City to work on her novel, she reconnects with Lacie.They restart a friendship full of distrust and seemingly false intimacy, even after Rose moves into Lacie's apartment. Under the guise of research for her novel, a thinly veiled story of the womens' childhoods and rupture, Rose begins to embody Lacie a la Single White Female--snooping through her things, wearing her clothes, cozying up with her boyfriend--with predictably disastrous consequences. McCarthy unfolds the story in a delightfully suspenseful way, even while some bombshells fizzle, using the duplicitous and unreliable Rose to full effect. Readers who need a character to root for won't find one here, but those who enjoy books about the dark side of female friendship--think Megan Abbott--will be right at home.
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Rose, the unhinged narrator of McCarthy's grimly comic debut, is the sort of childhood friend best left behind. In high school, Rose set her sights on Leo, the boyfriend of her best friend, Lacie. After Leo "wouldn't shut up" about Lacie while Rose was driving him to meet her in the middle of the night, Rose crashed her car and ran away, leaving Leo bloodied and unconscious. Twelve years later, Rose tracks down Lacie in New York City, where they both live. Rose is working on a novel about her youth and making ends meet as an SAT tutor, a job she lands after fudging her qualifications. Lacie is working as a graphic artist and dating Ian, a painter. Rose worms her way into sharing Lacie's apartment, and soon, in the best horror movie tradition, is costuming herself in Lacie's clothes, throwing herself at Ian, and generally taking possession of Lacie's life, with predictably disastrous consequences. A classic unreliable narrator, Rose glibly explains away even her most horrific actions. McCarthy's pitch-dark tone extends outward from her narrator to the rest of the cast of characters, all motivated by self-interest and most even less self-aware than Rose. This is a deliciously incisive tale. (June)
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