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Why you need to read Luckiest Girl Alive: 2015’s word-of-mouth breakout book

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Stylist's contributing books editor Francesca Brown talks us through the must-read book of the year

There are some books that seem to take on a life of their own: David Nicholls’ One Day, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl On The Train, that little-known thriller Gone Girl… 

They’re released to little fanfare but thanks to the quality of their writing and simple word-of-mouth by readers – they go on to be huge.

And Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (which was released in July as a hardback) is one of them. 

Author Jessica Knoll

Author Jessica Knoll

After reading it in the space of two days (two days!), Stylist has been describing the seriously addictive story as “Gone Girl meets a very dark Devil Wears Prada meets We Need To Talk About Kevin.

That might sound like a crazy description but this is not your average book.

Narrator Ani Fanelli is a self-made, viciously perceptive magazine writer with a dark past that gradually and shockingly becomes apparent over the course of the story. At times, it’s laugh-out-loud witty; at other times, it’s very moving.

We do not want to give any spoilers away because this is one of those books that the less you know about – the more enjoyable it is.

But, definitely, definitely read it.

The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll is out now (£12.99, Pan Macmillan); trade paperback available in WH Smith

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