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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. 

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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