Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
This is a debut novel that has been compared to Gone Girl, and it definitely has a similar dark quality in tone and storyline. Ani FaNelli appears to be a woman who has it all. 28-years-old, she is beautiful, she works as a writer at a well-known magazine in New York, and she has recently become engaged to the highly eligible Luke. But everything about her life is a façade, and underneath all of ‘success’ is one of the most unpleasant characters I have encountered in fiction – and also one of the most compelling.
A documentary producer approaches Ani to tell her side of a traumatic event that occurred when she was teenager – and it is the slow revealing of this shocking event that causes the book to be such a page-turning read. The book goes back and forth in time with Ani preparing for her upcoming nuptials, and her 14-year-old self, desperate to fit into her posh new school, lost, and making one bad decision after another…
Ani is a complicated character, and finding the truth of why her older self is so brittle, closed-off and angry drives this book. The author has done an outstanding job, it gripped from the opening page, and I thought the ending was pitch perfect.