Author: Amina Akhtar
Published on: 11 September 2018
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Format: Kindle Edition
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Fashion editor Anya St. Clair is on the verge of greatness. Her wardrobe is to die for. Her social media is killer. And her career path is littered with the bodies of anyone who got in her way. She’s worked hard to get where she is, but she doesn’t have everything.
Not like Sarah Taft. Anya’s obsession sits one desk away. Beautiful, stylish, and rich, she was born to be a fashion world icon. From her beach-wave blonde hair to her on-trend nail art, she’s a walking editorial spread. And Anya wants to be her friend. Her best friend. Her only friend.
But when Sarah becomes her top competition for a promotion, Anya’s plan to win her friendship goes into overdrive. In order to beat Sarah…she’ll have to become her. Friendly competition may turn fatal, but as they say in fashion: One day you’re in, and the next day you’re dead.
I would like to give a huge thanks to NetGalley and the author, Amina Akhtar, for giving me the opportunity to read and review this novel, #FashionVictim.
I was expecting this novel to be dark but, not so dark. ‘#FashionVictim’ is chilling, if you were to ask me to summarise the novel in 1 word, and not in a good way. The story follows Anya. She works as a fashion editor for a famous magazine. Like what you might have guessed, her work would mean that she has to be ‘perfect’ in all the things she does. However, there is a twist to it though. Anya is not the perfect girl everyone thought she would be. Instead, she is broken, both mentally and physically, and she wants nothing but the attention and approval of Sarah, her friend.
This novel is definitely not for the faint-hearted. There are numerous occasions where I couldn’t bring myself to continue reading. Hence, that explains the amount of time I took to finish this novel. I’ve also thought of ‘DNF-ing’ this novel several times as well. At the end of the day, I managed to power through it.
The reason why I have trouble reading this novel is that I tend to put myself in the shoes of the protagonist, or any other characters in the novel, to understand their thought processes, hurdles which they face and also, the growth which they go through to overcome the challenges. In this case, I have trouble understanding Anya’s thought processes. In a way, they don’t make sense to me. I don’t understand why she has to resort to such actions. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t say that it is enjoyable to see the world from the perspective of a mentally unstable person. Instead, it is more of an eye opener of some sorts?
Over the course of ‘#FashionVictim’, there were many instances where I was hoping that the detective would catch Anya red-handed. No, not hoping. More like wishing with every ounce of my being that she will be caught. But, she never did. Anya is smart, that I have to give her credit for.