Anna has had a miserable year. Everything feels wrong with her life. And rather than stay and face the mess, she steals a credit card and books herself a seat on the first flight out of town to Los Angeles, to crash with her sister. But soon after she lands, cold reality soon dawns on her: Hollywood isn’t the escape she needs. She is trapped in a town full of lost souls and wannabes, with no friends, no cash and no return ticket.
When she’s offered a job researching the murderous Manson girls for a dubious film, she reluctantly accepts – she needs the money. But soon enough, among the fake smiles and glitter-fuelled parties, things turn from strange, to dark, to dangerous…
This is not going to be the summer Anna had in mind.
How did I get the book? Won a review copy
Review: If I could have, I would have read My Favourite Manson Girl in one sitting – no question. Sadly that was not possible but the moment I could carve out some previous time I’d be curled up on the sofa reading.
My Favourite Manson Girl is subtle in a way that I haven’t come a across in a while. The relationships in Anna’s family are mess; between Anna, her mother & her sister. Anna’s sister and the people she introduces Anna to. Everything appears toxic and broken, it’s easy to sympathise with Anna. Yet it’s not like Anna’s wonderful herself.
Anna’s research into the Mason Girls and the effect it has on her was done well. I thought Alison Umminger had a good the balance. There moments when Anna sees the tipping points to crossing that line which are unnerving– but good (not sure if that’s the best word) discussion points.
My Favourite Manson Girl is one of those books that you want somebody else to read at the same time as you, so you can talk about it.