Reverses the traditional pattern of male serial killers.
By Laura Picklesimer ‧ RELEASE DATE: Sept. 5, 2023
Tiffany, a Los Angeles sorority girl, is looking for something more than manicures and the attentions of boorish young men. When a date takes her home, she finds a knife conveniently left on a cutting board and stabs him with it, finding satisfaction in the act. This leads to more slaughter, with Tiffany rationalizing that some of her victims deserve it. She begins a relationship with an older, richer suitor, but when she catches him watching TV and eating junk food while supposedly on a business trip, the romance takes a turn for the worse.
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Tiffany’s narcissistic tendencies prevent her from seeing anyone else as fully human, and the other characters in the novel come across as more cartoonish than three-dimensional. These include a lawyer trying to maintain plausible deniability, a sweet roommate, a sorority “goody-goody”, and a male psychopath. Picklesimer’s bloody, satiric debut may seem more like an outline for a screenplay than a fully articulated work of fiction, but it cunningly draws its premise out to its logical extreme and finds a convenient target in LA’s fitness and wellness culture.
Pub Date: Sept. 5, 2023
Page Count: 285
Publisher: Unnamed Press
Review Posted Online: June 21, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2023