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The Paper Wasp Reviews

The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora

The Paper Wasp

Lauren Acampora

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2 reviews

Imprint: riverrun
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication date: 13 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781529401011

A seductive, suspenseful novel of female friendship, obsession and twisted betrayal, set against the feverish backdrop of contemporary Hollywood

3 stars out of 5
Sarah Gilmartin
15 Jun 2019

"Laura Acampora’s debut novel, set in the Holywood bubble, is gripping and nuanced"

The power of the story is in the friendship of the core characters, in the way that both women use each other to make their own lives more palatable. Abby, who wants to make films as opposed to star in them, sees herself as above Elise: “Yours was the lesser role, but a crucial one, and one for which you were perfectly made.” In The Paper Wasp, Acampora writes her world and characters with a sting in the tale, the knowledge that friendship will be sacrificed in the name of personal ambition.


3 stars out of 5
6 Jun 2019

"it is on the whole more literary than thrilling"

Acampora’s accomplished prose style and the complexity of the themes she addresses catapults this story into the freshly minted category of literary psycho thriller. But it is on the whole more literary than thrilling.