Social Creature is a debut thriller with characters who just want to fit in but have obstacles barring them from achieving their goals. The character Louise seemed a bit underwritten; it was confusing to figure out how she fit in. It was a struggle to finish the book with a complete understanding of the plot. The background of the nightlife of New York City did bring it up a notch. Tara Isabella Burton is a talented author and brings fans a fascinating read.
Louise knows somehow that she will mess up her relationship with Lavinia — it is only a matter of time. But in the meantime she will enjoy the fact that someone like Lavinia wants to be her friend. They party at all the high class night clubs around New York City, and it seems Lavinia knows everyone. As part of the in crowd, they like Louise too. Lavinia pays for everything, and when Lavinia gives Louise a debit card, a new world opens up for her. She starts small, by withdrawing a hundred here and hundred there and Lavinia never notices the missing money. But when they get into an argument over a guy they both slept with, Louise screws up ... and Lavinia dies during the fight. She makes her dead friend disappear and thus begins her deception. She has Lavina's phone and posts as her friend to announce to her followers that she is going away to clean up her life and does not know when she will be back. As they both look alike, Louise knows she will be able to pull this off and she does for a long while, until Lavinia’s younger sister shows up and everything Louise has done starts to unravel. Louise will have to come up with something else to get away scott free, but she just may screw that up too. (DOUBLEDAY, Jun., 288 pp., $26.95)