Friday, August 12, 2022

Five top books-within-books

E.G. Scott is the pen name of writing partners Elizabeth Keenan and Greg Wands. Together they have written three novels: The Woman Inside, In Case of Emergency, and The Rule of Three. Their first book, The Woman Inside, was an international bestseller, which has been translated into twelve languages and is in development for a television series by Blumhouse.

At CrimeReads they tagged "five great novels where the suspense revolves around writing and books," including:
Who Is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews

Florence Darrow is a low-level publishing employee who dreams of literary success. Desperate to leave behind her humdrum Floridian upbringing and the lack of sophistication she equates it with, the young woman has moved to New York City in pursuit of her dream. Yet Florence can’t help but feel like an outsider, and harbors frustration at being stuck in what she considers a menial job. So when an opportunity presents itself to work as the assistant to a wildly successful yet anonymous author, the driven young woman jumps at the opportunity. Florence feels a kinship with the acclaimed writer, and something about the plotline of her wildly successful debut resonates with the determined young upstart’s sense of ambition. What follows is a diabolically twisty, acid-penned meditation on the ultimate costs of aspiration and opportunism as Andrews delivers a gleefully sinister morality tale for the ages.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue