Favorite Books of the 2010s: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

This is a series of reviews of my favorite books published between 2010 and 2019.


Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton (2018)

This was so refreshing after all the tepid thrillers I’ve been reading lately. Louise is a late-twenty-something in New York City who longs to be on the inside but doesn’t believe she’ll ever measure up. Then she meets Lavinia, a quintessential It girl, and is drawn into her glam world. With a nod to The Talented Mr. Ripley, Burton delves into what kind of person might become a murderer, and what they might do afterward to cover up their crime. Louise isn’t necessarily likable–no one in this book is, really, except maybe Lavinia’s little sister–but she is relatable. I tore through this in one day. For once, a thriller that actually thrills!

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