Tara Isabella Burton

Review: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton


Book: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton [ goodreads | amazon ]
Genre: Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Format: eBook, ARC from Penguin’s First to Read program
Rating: 5 stars
Cover Rating: 5 stars

They go through both bottles of champagne right there on the High Line, with nothing but the stars over them… They drink and Lavinia tells Louise about all the places they will go together, when they finish their stories, when they are both great writers-to Paris and to Rome and to Trieste…

Lavinia will never go. She is going to die soon. 

Louise has nothing. Lavinia has everything. After a chance encounter, the two spiral into an intimate, intense, and possibly toxic friendship.

The cover is perfection. It was what made me click on this book. I had yet to hear anything, the author was new to me. The cover was everything. Then that synopsis. Oh that synopsis! This book immediately buried itself into my mind before I was ever given the chance to look at the first page. The cover is perfect. Note: The UK cover is also fabulous; I’ll include it down below!

I have been putting off writing this review. Not because this book was bad, no — because this book is that good.

This is a debut piece from Burton and it has cemented her name into my list of Must Buys when new releases come out. Incredibly well written, thought-provoking, spooky, creepy, captivating. I have spent the past couple of weeks trying to think of the right descriptions for this book. I need to do this book justice.

Our main characters, Louise and Lavinia, are both millennials but from opposite ends: Lavinia is in her early 20s, a rich socialite who parties like there is no tomorrow, keeps up with the “right” crowd, and is off from school to write her book; Louise is pushing 30, working three part-time jobs just to kind of make it; she has no real friends, no real life — until her chance meeting with Lavinia, who takes Louise into her life.


This is a story that will give the reader anxiety in parts (and I mean that as a huge compliment to the writing). This is a story that will stay with you. If you are anything like me, you’ll start to believe Lavinia is living in your closet and be worried to open the door.

This book won’t be for everyone, though I think everyone should give it a chance. The writing is beautiful. The characters are fascinating. The plot is twisty, turny goodness. You’ll be so caught up you won’t know what day it is in your world; you’re too busy in their world to remember what is actually going on in reality.

I’m wanting to tell more and wanting to not share. I want to keep this to myself, while also making sure everyone picks up a copy and dives right in. I have only bought the physical copy of one book so far that I received for free as an ARC; I will be buying this one when it comes out June 5, 2018.

Burton shows an amazing commentary on the lives we live in this modern world – the ones we choose to share and the parts we keep to ourselves. This book hands over the ability to have amazing discussions on the toxicity found in certain relationships, social media. A cool, modern take on the psychological thriller genre that I cannot wait to read again.


Huge thanks to Penguin via the First to Read program and the fabulous author for an advanced copy of this beautiful, creepy novel.

This review was originally posted on The Book Cover Judge on June 03, 2018.

Five for Friday: Five Thrillers I Loved in 2018

I’ve been stuck on what my next theme for Five for Friday should be. I was thinking earlier today about some books I read last year that I really want to read again. I realized they all had a genre in common: thrillers (we’re all shocked, I’m sure). Since I’ve moved blogs, I’m sure a few of you reading weren’t around in 2018, so I definitely wanted to share my Top 5 thrillers I read in 2018.

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton
This book received 5 stars from me. I loved it. I was obsessed with it. I received it as an eARC and went out and bought it the week it was published. Burton writes some amazing characters that I think about STILL to this day. This book lives in my mind constantly. I was reading The Arrangement by Robyn Harding recently and my brain was like “Nat and Louise could probably be friends.”. I’ve never thought that about a book/characters before, but my brain was making some connections that I am…intrigued by.

I feel like this is a must read for suspense/thriller fans. This is a tale of dark friendships, there’s murder, there’s intrigue, you don’t know who to root for — everyone’s awful, which adds to its greatness. I love it so much I can’t even talk about it in a way that I feel suits this book. Go read it. Just go.



Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan
A strong 4/4.5 stars. This was my first time reading a Claire Allan book. I received it from Netgalley because the premise was interesting and I just loved the cover. Allan puts a great twist on the thriller genre and this book is a great example of that. Well written, more great characters, and a good plot with a great flow. This would be a quick read that I highly recommend.

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Another strong 4 stars. You probably know that I am obsessed with Jewell and this is the book that started that obsession. I got this book from Book of the Month because the story sounded interesting and the cover was gorgeous. Jewell has a great talent of writing multiple perspectives. If you’ve not read a book from Lisa Jewell, I think this one is a great start!



He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
4 stars for this one. This was one of my favorite Audible listens of 2018! I have never read a book from Erin Kelly. This was another great example of writing mulitple perspectives. I remember listening to this and getting apprehensive about it. I remember turning it off a time or two because there were parts that were freaking me out. Great listen!

Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding
A very strong 4.5 star read! I love Robyn Harding. I first read The Party in 2017. When I saw this one was coming out, I knew I needed to have it. (I also just read The Arrangmeent which was SO GOOD!) This is another great example of multiple perspectives — that’s a bigger trend in the thriller genre than I realized — with an amazing plot, wonderful pacing, and again — fantastic characters.


There are my top five thriller reads of 2018! Have you read any of these? Are any on your TBR?