by Nina Laurin
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: September 7th, 2021
Genres: Gothic, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, YA
Format Read: ARC
When Izzy is dragged from Brooklyn to a tiny town for her parents' new job, she's not thrilled. The silver lining is the gorgeous old mansion she's moved into: the former home of an artist's muse who died tragically in a fire. But the house has its quirks: whole floors are closed off, paintings are covered up, and cell reception is nonexistent.
Izzy throws herself into starting an Instagram fashion account using the gowns and jewelry she finds hidden away in the house. She looks perfect in the photos--almost unnaturally perfect--and they quickly go viral. Soon she's got a new best friend, a potential boyfriend, and is surrounded by a group of girls who want the photoshoots and fame for themselves. But there's a darkness in the house, and a darkness growing in Izzy, too. When girls start dying, it's clear that something--or someone--in the house is growing in power, with deadly intentions.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Perfect for fans of Black Mirror!
What starts out as your typical “teenage girl moves to a new town outside of the city” quickly morphs into a suspenseful story of social media and the unceasing urge to remain relevant.
The Last Beautiful Girl accurately depicts the struggle of competing for popularity and individuality in a world consumed by social media.
While Isabella Brixton starts as a confident likeable character she progresses into something foul and monstrous. As media slowly engulphs her she fades into a being of nightmare.
I found Nina’s writing to be quick and intriguing. The story felt like something I was really a part of. Filling you with all of the emotions of Isabella.
The plot itself was incredible and I can’t count the number of “WTF” moments I had. By the end of the book I was stunned to silence and couldn’t even form coherent thoughts.
SERIOUSLY THIS BOOK WAS GREAT!!!!
I’m Diane, I suffer from wanderlust and am from Toronto, Ontario.
Since I was a wee bairn I was obsessed with reading and the fantastical worlds books would sweep my away in. Flash forward 28 years, I can now be seen running through the trees in hopes of being carried to a world far far away, but mostly just tripping over tree roots.
When I’m not reading or watching What We Do In The Shadows on repeat, I can be found tracing my lineage to the ancient Vikings and Scots. Oh! And making organic dog treats for my high-maintenance pets.