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Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2021
Too bad we have only five stars: this brilliant debut novel deserves a constellation. Impeccably crafted, the plot has more twists and turns than the Labyrinth at Versailles. Alexandra Andrews's writing--from pitch-perfect imagery to characterization worthy of a master draftsman--is exquisite. Like Mies, she demonstrates that 'less is more.' I wanted a pen to underline favorite phrases (like those waves that 'rolled in in low, steady curls like ice cream under a scoop') but the pages turned themselves too quickly--until 2am, when I was left with one word: sequel! After writing (and re-editing over and over) 'The Great Gatsby' Fitzgerald said that what he cut out 'would make another novel.' The talented Mr Ripley commanded five novels and a boxed set; Maud Dixon deserves no less. And a film. Not only is this is the most stunning debut novel I've read after forty-five years in publishing but it conjures up memories of two thrilling dramas: Anthony Shaffer's 'Sleuth' and Ira Levin's 'Deathtrap'--both about a writer's deadly craft of invention. Like the proverbial iceberg, Andrews's thriller is just the visible ten-percent. What lies beneath the surface is the question--raised so artfully if implicitly--of where fiction and biography intersect, where imagination and invention combine to create an alternative reality. Calling Maud Dixon....
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