Book review: Plus One by Vanessa Raphaely

Plus One by Vanessa Raphaely

Book review: Plus One by Vanessa Raphaely

Plus One is the debut novel by former Cosmopolitan SA editor, Vanessa Raphaely.

I was thoroughly excited when Plus One landed on my desk. I recognised the author’s name instantly and couldn’t wait  to get reading.

The novel starts off in London, 2008 and progresses to Cape Town in 2018. Lisa, the protagonist, works at a beauty magazine in London when we are introduced to her. During an interview, she meets her best friend, Claudia, who is on the cusp of becoming a big-time actress. Naturally, Lisa becomes Claudia’s plus one to parties and events filled with the famous and infamous.

The book examines the human condition, friendship, jealousy, fame, exposes the nasty underbelly of fame, looks at the power dynamics between men and women and discusses rape culture. All of this is wrapped up in a gripping story-line of the mysterious death at a party held on a yacht in Greece one weekend.

Vanessa had me guessing until the last page with well-thought through and thought-provoking twists and turns.

Plus One is a great holiday read by a local author. I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy.

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Anne Dolinschek
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