The nineteen year old protagonist of Elle Nash’s debut novel is destructive and reckless. When she’s not working at the Radio Shack, she’s snorting her mother’s prescription pills in the bedroom of their trailer or having meaningless sex with her boss. When Frankie and Matt initiate a sadistic three-way relationship with her, they christen her Lilith. Matt tries to educate her in the ways of Satanism while Lilith desperately tries to please them both, lest she lose their attention. Her feelings soon morph into obsession, but an obsession for Matt alone; an obsession that Frankie will not let stand.
Frankie didn’t name me Lilith because it was who she wanted me to be.
She named me Lilith because it was what I wanted to become.
This is a deliciously dark and quick read. The story creeps under your skin, making you almost feel complicit in the damaging relationship between Matt, Frankie and Lilith. I was waiting for something a little more exciting to happen at the climax of the novel but still really enjoyed how this story unfolded. Bear in mind, Nash doesn’t shy away from explicit content, and much of the novel features it, yet don’t let that put you off. Somehow never feels salacious. I liked Elle Nash’s writing so much that I’ve since sought out the rest of her work, most of which can be found online for free, and I’ll be reviewing it in the next few weeks. If it anything like Animals Eat Each Other, I’m sure I’ll love it.
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Read for the NEWTs Magical Readathon. Class: Charms. Grade: O.