By Alexandra Andrews
Published by Little, Brown and Company
on March 2, 2021
Florence Darrow is a small-town striver who believes that she's destined to become a celebrated writer. When she stumbles into the opportunity to become the assistant to "Maud Dixon," a celebrated-but anonymous-novelist (think: Elena Ferrante), she believes that the universe is finally providing her big chance. The arrangement feels idyllic; Helen can be prickly, but she is full of pointed wisdom on both writing and living. She even invites Florence along on a research trip to Morocco, where her new novel is set. Florence has never been out of the country before; maybe, she imagines, she'll finally have something exciting to write about herself.
But when Florence wakes up in the hospital after a terrible car crash, and Helen is dead, she begins to imagine what it might be like to 'upgrade' into not only Helen's life, but also that of Helen's bestselling pseudonym, Maud Dixon...
This was a really absorbing, twisty, fun read. Even if I thought I knew where things were going, there were still plenty of surprises and it gripped me from the start. I quite enjoyed this, and it was the first book in a while that really pulled me in that I couldn’t put down.
It’s definitely best to go in without knowing too much in advance so that’s all I’ll say, but if you want a fun, sharply-written story that will keep you glued to the page, I definitely recommend this one!