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.
"One Booker shortlist later, Galley Beggar were proved correct. Ellmann’s novel isn’t perfect, and it may not take the prize, but in a world where Ian McEwan is still at large, something introspective and richly painted is a tonic for us all...."
— The Daily Telegraph
4.25 out of 5
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.