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#FashionVictim: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Who knew murder could be so chic? If you took Hannibal Lecter, gave him a sex change, dressed him up in this year’s Prada or Michael Kors, and set him loose on the snooty, stuck up, and disgustingly overprivileged of the fashion world, you’d have author Amina Akhtar’s main character, Anya St. Clair. Ms. Akhtar had worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade before writing this book, which is why many of the references within feel entirely authentic. As for her main character, when she goes ignored by her supposed work BFF, Sarah, and is bullied into crash dieting by the head editor of the women’s fashion magazine they work for, the already psychotic Anya decides to take matters into her own well-manicured hands, in designer shoes no less. I ate up every page of this dark and witty look into the cutthroat fashion industry. It was so good, it must have been fattening.

— Nicholas

Who knew murder could be so chic? If you took Hannibal Lecter, gave him a sex change, dressed him up in this year’s Prada or Michael Kors, and set him loose on the snooty, stuck up, and disgustingly overprivileged of the fashion world, you’d have author Amina Akhtar’s main character, Anya St. Clair. Ms. Akhtar had worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade before writing this book, which is why many of the references within feel entirely authentic. As for her main character, when she goes ignored by her supposed work BFF, Sarah, and is bullied into crash dieting by the head editor of the women’s fashion magazine they work for, the already psychotic Anya decides to take matters into her own well-manicured hands, in designer shoes no less. I ate up every page of this dark and witty look into the cutthroat fashion industry. It was so good, it must have been fattening.

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Description


Heathers meets The Devil Wears Prada in this “sick and vicious and funny” thriller set in the cut-throat world of fashion (Caroline Kepnes, New York Times–bestselling author of You)

Fashion editor Anya St. Clair is on the verge of greatness. A to-die-for wardrobe. Killer social media numbers. And the path behind her 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, Sarah’s a natural fashion icon. From her beach-wave blonde hair to her on-trend nail art, she’s a walking editorial spread. Anya wants to be her friend. Her best friend. Her only friend.

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.

 
As awesome as it sounds . . . welcome to the cruel world of fashion where women’s looks, weight, and youth is the only thing to value.” Book Riot

About the Author


Amina Akhtar is a former fashion writer and editor. She’s worked at Vogue, Elle, Style, NYTimes.com, and NYMag.com, where she was the founding editor of The Cut blog. She’s written for numerous publications, including Yahoo Style, Fashionista, xoJane, Refinery29, Billboard, and for brands like Bergdorf Goodman and H&M’s 10 Years of Style tome. After toiling in the fashion ranks for over 15 years, she now writes full time in the desert mountains, where she’s detoxing from her once glam life. #FashionVictim is Amina’s first novel.

Praise For…


Praise for #FashionVictim:

#FashionVictim is sick and vicious and funny and voicey...I ’totes’ loved this one."
—Caroline Kepnes, New York Times bestselling author

"For those craving a new fashionably vicious read, this book is darkly satisfying."
Martha Stewart Living

"A diabolical page-turner...impossible to put down."
Forbes

"Darkly funny."
—Fashionista

"As awesome as it sounds...welcome to the cruel world of fashion where women’s looks, weight, and youth is the only thing to value."
—Book Riot

Hilariously funny as well as profoundly unsettling...will keep readers hooked and laughing, if a bit uncomfortably, from Page 1 until the shocking ending.”
Kirkus

"Full of suspense, social satire, and deliciously dark humor, #FashionVictim gives ’killer wardrobe’ a whole new meaning. I couldn’t put it down."
—Alison Gaylin, USA Today Bestselling Author of If I Die Tonight

#FashionVictim is sharp, stylish, and gleefully sinister; you’ll never read Vogue the same way again."
—Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks, founders of Go Fug Yourself and authors of the national bestseller, The Royal We

#FashionVictim gives new meaning to the phrase “Dressed to Kill”...instead of the devil wearing Prada, she’s wearing her victim’s blood in a perfect shade of Essie red."
— Aliza Licht, EVP marketing & communications and the author of Leave Your Mark

“Every page of #FashionVictim pops with a dark and dishy verve. Fierce in every sense of the word.
—Jessica Tom, author of Food Whore

"#FashionVictim is a book to not only buy, keep and read, but to inhale from page one. The sense of menace in the prologue will hook readers from the get-go, and Akhtar’s sharp as a tack writing will carry you along this entertaining read to a stunning end, um, ending."
—New York Journal of Books

"Gleefully bloodthirsty...This dark novel has the energy of Heathers gone 20-something."
Publishers Weekly

“The characters reminded me a great deal of the dark movie, Heathers...A whole lot of sick fun...All I can hope is that the author was not speaking from reality...and that another book will be written very, very soon."
Suspense Magazine

"The story’s dark humor is one of its best attributes, and while the reader may wonder if Anya will get caught, there’s no doubt that whatever happens, she’ll be dressed to kill."
Mystery Scene
Product Details
ISBN: 9781683318347
ISBN-10: 168331834X
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: September 11th, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English