Monday, May 8, 2017

Book Review: Based on A True Story

Review: Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan

Based on A True Story by Delphine de Vigan is a standalone psychological thriller and a chilling work of fiction—but based on a true story—about a friendship gone terrifyingly toxic and the nature of reality.
A few months after my last novel came out, I stopped writing. For almost three years, I didn’t write a single line. Hackneyed phrases sometimes have to be taken literally: I didn’t write a formal letter, a thank-you note, a holiday postcard or a shopping list. Nothing that required any sort of effort or necessitated any concern about form. Not one line. Not one word. The sight of a pad, notebook or index card made me feel nauseous.
As the novel Based on A True Story begins, we meet a writer named Delphine who is emotionally and physically exhausted from the unexpected success of her latest book. Endless book tours, long signings, and questions about her book that require emotional answers drain Delphine. Yes, it’s a problem many writers would love to have, but in Based on A True Story it’s this exhausted state and the fear of what to write next that makes our protagonist vulnerable to the machinations of a woman known to us only by her first initial, L. 

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