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For fans of: GONE GIRL, The Basic Eight, Heathers
The police say Delia committed suicide—that she burned herself alive in her stepfather’s shed. But that story doesn’t sit right with June. The Delia she knew never would have taken her own life, let alone chosen fire as the means to her end. And June used to be Delia’s best friend, so she would know, right? The pair hadn’t spoken in a year—not since that drunken night when everything changed—so it’s possible Delia was no longer the same person. If you ask June, though, it’s just as possible—more so, even—that Delia was murdered.
Lynn Weingarten’s SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS is a dark, twisty crime novel set during an emotionally fraught, sexually charged time in its characters’ lives: the gap between adolescence and adulthood.
The book’s structure is brilliant. The bulk of Weingarten’s tale focuses on June’s investigation into Delia’s apparent suicide, but every few chapters or so, you’re treated to a flashback. As June grows closer to learning the truth about Delia, you grow closer to learning the truth about their shared history. Tension mounts as the puzzle pieces fall into place and the timelines converge.
Weingarten’s character work is spot-on. June’s a compelling heroine—damaged, insecure, and all the more relatable for it. Her voice is honest and unfiltered, and her first person present narrative confers intimacy, immediacy, and complicity. Delia is equal parts Laura Palmer and Lilly Kane—a tragic and complex character who, even in death, is larger than life. But it’s the girls’ passionate, possessive, obsessive relationship that’s the book’s real star. Weingarten beautifully illustrates the notion that friendship can be just as intense and intimate as romance—and that sometimes the line between the two is very blurry, indeed.