#FashionVictim: A Novel

#FashionVictim: A Novel

by Amina Akhtar


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#FashionVictim: A Novel by Amina Akhtar

"A new fashionably vicious read."—Martha Stewart Living
"A diabolical page-turner . . . impossible to put down."—Forbes
"Darkly funny."—Fashionista
"As awesome as it sounds."—Book Riot

A thrilling take on the fashion world, #FashionVictim is Dexter meets The Devil Wears Prada.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683318347
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Sales rank: 156,641
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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 launched 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 fifteen 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.

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#FashionVictim: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
brumiranda 10 days ago
From page one I decided to have an open heart about this story, because soon enough we learn there’s a major difference here from the classical trope of "regular girl dreams to be the pseudo-perfect tall, thing, blonde and popular girl": which is that Anya is a psycho. Literally. It's kind of great to see Anya’s thoughts getting darker and darker Funny thing is, even though there’s the whole creepy and murdery vibe, there’s also a satirical and weird humor that made the reading experience actually really really fun! There’s a thriller element to this, definitely, but to me it was more of a “this is so weirdly fun” than a “i’m so tense, i don’t know what’s going to happen”. I love when Anya has to interact with the Jennifers in events and gives her perspective on the whole fake friendships, and who’s who of the fashion world. The author is a former fashion editor herself so she definitely absorbed a lot during those years and knows these situations and interactions by heart. There’s not a lot of surprise here ‘cause once you understand how Anya’s mind works we can kind of guess where things are heading to; there are some great moments and chapters that the first sentence got me like WHAAAAAAT? The story is fun to read, even though there’s violence and murders and stuff, it’s kind of an easy reading. It’s the authors first novel and if she’s planning to stick with these kinds of stories, I’m so in.
Candice_S 23 days ago
This book completely and utterly surprised me. I will fully admit that when I started it, I was baffled; I didn't really get it, it seemed so ridiculous and over the top and I was a little lost. Then I hit Chapter 5 and for one reason or another I became completely obsessed with the story, and fell totally in love. I ended up devouring the last 2/3rds of the book all at once, because I just could not put it down. Amina Akhtar has an uncanny talent for making this satirical, sarcastic and wildly outrageous tale compelling in a way that is wonderfully unexpected. The story follows Anya St. Clair, a New York fashion editor who almost has it all - all except the object of her singular affection, Sarah Taft, who Anya is determined to become best friends with. Things become complicated when Sarah and Anya start competing for the same promotion, but Anya won't let anything or anyone stand in her way, and she has the bodies to prove it. Anya might be the most likable and relatable psychopath I have ever read. I loved her, and I could probably read an entire series of books about her insane life. I will be over here keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel. This is the perfect book to read if you need something fun, unique and refreshing for your reading pile this fall. #BitchesGetStitches #FashionVictim
IrishEyes430 3 months ago
Anya works for a fashion magazine and is completely obsessed with becoming best friends with her coworker Sarah Taft. Sarah is wealthy, has all the best clothes, is invited and photographed everywhere. Anya’s drive to meet her goal takes her in many different places. She clearly has issues in her past and sees her psychologist regularly. There is the lightness in the fashion business and the darkness in her obsession. This book combines both in an unusual way.
booklover- 3 months ago
The fashion industry is front and center in this dark, sometimes humorous, satire. Anya is a fashion editor who has worked hard to get as successful as she is. She has the job .. the clothes... the social media ... the name. She also has the bodies of anyone who ever got in her way. When Sarah becomes her top competition for a promotion, the budding friendship may turn fatal. She's a one-woman killing machine in designer clothes. Catty, back-stabbing, malicious, mean girls make up most of the characters. Frankly, some of them are over the top, but irresistible in wanting to see what nastiness they come up with next. It's an engaging work by an author who truly knows the fashion industry. Many thanks to the author / Crooked Lane Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of this most entertaining story. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Persephonereads 3 months ago
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book! If Mean Girls, Heathers and The Devil Wears Prada had a baby this book would be that baby! There was also a bit of this that made me totally think of You by Caroline Kepnes as well. Anya St.Claire works at La Vie THE it fashion magazine right next to her obsession and imaginary BFF socialite Sarah Taft. All Anya wants it to be Sarah's best friend no matter what it takes. when a promotion comes around and her and Sarah both up for it Anya sees this as the perfect way to get Sarah to be her best friend. With Anya as her boss Sarah will have to hang out with her, have to do whatever Anya wants and then they can be the most perfect BFFs to ever exist! The only problem is that there are so many people in her way. Oh well, Anya knows how to take care of that. She has always bee resourceful and willing to what it takes to get what she wants, even if it takes a little bit of murder to get it! This novel is clever dark humored and sure to keep you reading. Amina Akhtar writes about the NYC fashion world with such glee. I completely enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more books by her!
suekitty13 3 months ago
This book was dark, twisted and utterly messed up and good lord, I loved every minute of it! I don’t remember having this much fun with a serial killer since Dexter. Anya glories in her murders and she doesn’t limit herself to the bad guys. She kills anyone who slights her or stands in her way climbing the ladder at the fashion magazine where she works. It's almost understandable because the women at her office are completely the worst. They are so mean, superficial and judgemental that it’s hard not to hate them all. The combination of laugh out loud humour with graphic, gory murder is unusual and totally worked for me. If you can’t see the humour in someone being killed by a Marc Jacobs backward heel shoe to the face then this may not be the story for you. I laughed so many times and sometimes felt kind of bad about it because it is inappropriate to laugh at people being killed in horrible ways but it was impossible not to be charmed by this deranged story. The fashion references were icing on the cake. It was like Sex and the City with multiple murders and it was perfection. OMG! It’s, like, the best book of the summer! Let me instagram this! Thank you to Crooked Lane Books for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
diane92345 3 months ago
Hilarious serial killer thriller where no one wants to be the next #FashionVictim. Everyone fantasizes about how to kill their office rivals (or maybe that’s just me). Few carry those fantasies out in real life. Anya is prepared to kill an intern for a pitying look. When the intern is found dead by shoe, Detective Hopper, who looks like a Calvin Klein model, investigates. In the meantime, La Vie (sounding suspiciously like Vogue) staffers are instagramming selfies with the corpse with #DeathbyAccessories, #KillerShoes and of course, #FashionVictim hashtags. OMG, #FashionVictim is hilarious! It is perfect for Devil Wears Prada fans jaded by social media. It is also similar to American Psycho as you are dropped into a psychopath’s thoughts by the use of first person narration. 5 stars! Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for an advance copy.
ruthsic 3 months ago
#FashionVictim is what you get when you put a Dexter-like personality in the world of The Devil Wears Prada, and give it a Gone Girl twist. Anya is an obsessed deranged young woman, who idolizes Sarah Taft so much that she wants to be her BFF; not her minion, her equal. And she is willing to do whatever it takes, step over how many bodies she has to, in order to get that goal. Sure, that’s not a protagonist you would generally like reading through, but GDI Anya makes it ridiculously entertaining. The author sets up the world of fashion perfectly with all the backstabbing (sometimes literal in this novel), snide comments, and plastic personalities. And since it is purely in Anya’s first person perspective, we get all of that with her extremely snarky commentary. Like, the girl hates the world but still wants to get to the top of it, and that takes a lot of determination and a lot of hallucinations. She regularly drags the media and fashion industry, while also maintaining that balance between vapid fashionista (she loves her Manolos, yo!) and clever serial killer. And all of this while keeping a smile on her face. Conceal, don’t feel, and all that jazz. Kill them with kindness and enthusiasm if you can’t kill them at all The entire book is her fighting against everything that stands in her path of becoming Sarah’s BFF, even if that thing standing in that path is Sarah herself. Online troll leaving negative comments on only her post? Kill! Sarah’s existing BFF getting too close to her backstory? You got that right! She leaves a body count without signing her work (because she smart, ya’ll) or leaving any DNA (gloves are this girl’s best friend). Her headspace is a jumble of conflicting ideals – and her way of dealing with it is either wry humor or getting reading to bring myrrh-der! But still, Diana needed to get, or lose, a life. The thing about Anya is, she imagines and fantasizes all these relationships – with Sarah, with the detective investigating the murders, with her therapist (wait till you reach the reveal of that one). She manipulates the people around her while looking like the ingenue. And while the detective has some skills, he is no match for her level of planning. I wanted a look that said innocent, but hot And working in the fashion industry is not doing her mental health any favors – between the people who are intolerably getting into her personal space, her boss who wants her to get thinner thinner thinner, and the pressure of competing against Sarah, what’s a girl to do?! The good thing is, you don’t tire of her constant need for approval and her ambition and her twisting things to suit her perspective. The bad thing, well, murder! Though I must say, I still don’t get how she doesn’t leave a single clue yet manages to scrape up enough to frame someone else (there was no DNA for what seemed to the police as a psychotic break of their suspect aka the person being framed). And there was also the fact that some things were exaggerated to manufacture more tension for the protagonist: there’s no way a successful fashion magazine will care about commnents THAT much, especially when it is only ONE troll. So, yeah, if you keep aside those pesky little irregularities, it is otherwise a very entertaining novel. Long story short: This is a black comedy that will keep you entertained till the last page. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Crooked Lane Books, via Netgalley.
MoniqueD 3 months ago
When I picked up #FashionVictim, I expected The Devil Wears Prada meets American Psycho, when in fact it’s just mean girls, and one of them who is just meaner than the others: Anya. My biggest issue was that I honestly cared for no one: almost every character is profoundly unlikable, and seriously unpleasant. In this type of book, when the main character is a deranged killer, there must be something to make the character compelling, mesmerising, even if completely repulsive: think of Dexter, Hannibal Lecter or Patrick Bateman (American Psycho). I hated Anya, I hated Sarah – in whose aura Anya wanted to bask: Sarah might have the pedigree that Anya wants, but Sarah is exceedingly mean and disparaging towards almost everyone, and most of all Anya, which I found rather peculiar. I could understand Anya wanting to bask in Sarah’s glory, but I couldn’t understand Anya’s behaviour: when you want someone to be your best friend, shouldn’t you try to ingratiate yourself to her even if you despise her, and not antagonise her further? I think even a psychopath would see that; instead, Anya continued to be nasty towards Sarah, which made Sarah belittle Anya even more. I just couldn’t understand Anya’s behaviour, although I saw what she wanted to accomplish; the way she went about it just made no sense, even from a sociopath’s point of view. Anya was basically a deranged, and delusional killer, and unfortunately not a memorable one. While the fashion angle is well described and somewhat interesting, it’s nothing that we hadn’t seen in The Devil Wears Prada, but the characters are severely underdeveloped. #FashionVictim is told in first person, from Anya’s point of view, which could have been exciting, but failed mostly because I felt her personality and actions were inconsistent with how she was presented to us. It’s hard to explain: she didn’t come across as a compelling psychopath, but just as a boring, homicidal, and very mean girl. I honestly didn’t care what happened to her, and even whom she killed next, and this is not how I should feel when reading this type of story. Even the violence and most murders were, for the most part, lacklustre. Anya was careless, did stupid things, which led to some small plot holes and inconsistencies; I kept wondering why there were bloody shoes, but barely any bloody clothes to dispose of. What surprised me most is that I finished the book, although I never felt involved in the story; I merely watched things unfold placidly. The writing is excellent, crisp and modern; the story unfolds at a brisk pace; the dialogues are great, but the snark and sarcasm were lost in the nastiness the characters were constantly spewing. Towards the end, I thought there might be some light at the end of the tunnel, but it was not to be; I felt some details might have been changed as an afterthought. The premise was great, but sadly the execution was not. I give 2 ½ stars