Bravura sex lit aside, Buchanan offers astute social observation, while the development of Violet as an ardent yet vulnerable heroine to root for makes her a millennial counterpart to Jilly Cooper’s Bella or Octavia.
Insatiable is a story about loneliness and trying to fit in, about our desire to be loved and included, how it’s easy to confuse being wanted with being used. It’ll draw people in with the shagging, but people will stay because they’re rooting for Violet.
I raced through this funny, filthy and utterly compelling debut about female sexuality, ambition and vulnerability.
Protagonist Violet is unhappy at work, unhappy being single and seriously unhappy about being estranged from her long-time best friend. She doesn’t fit into the glossy art world she is desperate to belong to, convinced she doesn’t have the right clothes, background or conversation.