Author(s): Delphine de Vigan
What would you do if your closest friend tried to steal your life? A chilling new novel from the prize-winning author of No & Me - a Richard & Judy Bookclub selection Today I know that L. is the sole reason for my powerlessness. And that the two years that we were friends almost made me stop writing for ever. Overwhelmed by the huge success of her latest novel, exhausted and unable to begin writing her next book, Delphine meets L. L. is the kind of impeccable, sophisticated woman who fascinates Delphine; a woman with smooth hair and perfectly filed nails, and a gift for saying the right thing. Delphine finds herself irresistibly drawn to her, their friendship growing as their meetings, notes and texts increase. But as L. begins to dress like Delphine, and, in the face of Delphine's crippling inability to write, L. even offers to answer her emails, and their relationship rapidly intensifies. L. becomes more and more involved in Delphine's life until she patiently takes control and turns it upside down: slowly, surely, insidiously. Based on a True Story is a chilling novel of suspense that will leave you questioning the truth and its significance long after you have turned the final page.
What would you do if your closest friend tried to steal your life? A chilling new novel from the prize-winning author of No & Me - a Richard & Judy Bookclub selection
A wonderful literary trompe l'ceil: a book about friendship, writing and the boundary between reality and fantasy ... Dark, smart, strange, compelling Harriet Lane, bestselling author of Her This is an addictive read. Clever, compulsive and deft. De Vigan kept me guessing to the point where I even began to question the reality of the pages in my hand. Fantastic Ann Morgan, author of Beside Myself A story that keeps the reader guessing until - and beyond - the very end ... A story of memory and friendship, a cracking page-turner and a journey into what the essence of fiction, and indeed autobiography, might be. Excellent Nicholas Searle, author of The Good Liar, shortlisted for the 2016 CWA New Blood Dagger An incredible true story of obsessive female friendship that grips until the very last mark on the very last page Denise Mina, bestselling author of the Alex Morrow series In this captivating story of imprisonment ... Delphine de Vigan intelligently questions the place of the writer in our society of imitation Le Figaro An excellent novel: malign, Machiavellian, manipulative ... This new book is a struggle to put down Parisien A dizzying, psychoanalytical story within a story ... Fascinating Le Point Delphine de Vigan teases her readers' desire for truth, and plays with the grey area between reality and fiction ... Highly convincing Le Monde Enthralling, not only brilliant in its construction - chilling, worthy of the best thrillers - but also it has a rare finesse in its constant questioning of the act of writing Page Delphine de Vigan is a sensation Observer
Delphine de Vigan is the author of bestselling No and Me, it was awarded the Prix des Libraires in France, in Britain it was a Richard & Judy selection. Her other novels include Nothing Holds Back the Night which won the Prix FNAC and the Grand Prix des lectrices de ELLE, Underground Time was shortlisted for the Goncourt Prize in 2009. D'apres une histoire vraie is a French bestseller and has won both Le Prix Renaudot and Le Prix Goncord des Lyceens 2015. It is currently being adapted for a screenplay by Roman Polanski and Olivier Assayas. She lives in Paris. George Miller is the translator of Nothing Holds Back the Night, No and Me and Underground Time. He is also a regular translator for Le Monde diplomatique's English-language edition, and the translator of Conversations with my Gardener by Henri Cueco and Disordered World by Amin Maalouf.