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My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams
True crime

My Friend Anna

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We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Rachel DeLoache Williams, on your first book!

by Rachel DeLoache Williams

Quick take

Peak scam culture is a NYC grifter conning her way into the elite social circles that we all love to hate.

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    Action-packed

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    Puzzle

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    Female friendships

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    Buzzy

Synopsis

Vanity Fair photo editor Rachel DeLoache Williams’s new friend Anna Delvey, a self-proclaimed German heiress, was worldly and ambitious. She was also generous—picking up the tab for lavish dinners at Le Coucou, infrared sauna sessions at HigherDOSE, drinks at the 11 Howard Library bar, and regular workout sessions with a celebrity personal trainer.

When Anna proposed an all-expenses-paid trip to Marrakech at the five-star La Mamounia hotel, Rachel jumped at the chance. But when Anna’s credit cards mysteriously stopped working, the dream vacation quickly took a dark turn. Anna asked Rachel to begin fronting costs—first for flights, then meals and shopping, and, finally, for their $7,500-per-night private villa. Before Rachel knew it, more than $62,000 had been charged to her credit cards. Anna swore she would reimburse Rachel the moment they returned to New York.

Back in Manhattan, the repayment never materialized, and a shocking pattern of deception emerged. Rachel learned that Anna had left a trail of deceit—and unpaid bills—wherever she’d been. Mortified, Rachel contacted the district attorney, and in a stunning turn of events, found herself helping to bring down one of the city’s most notorious con artists.

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  • Newark, NY

    This was an insane and wild ride! How the heck did Anna get away with so much?! I felt anxious for Rachel through the whole book. I’m glad I picked up a copy if this, so worth the read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!

  • New York, NY

    Williamses tale resonated deeply w/me, calling on my own experience w/betrayal, fear & loss. Anyone can fall prey to an “Anna”. I hope this book helps save others from the devestation that they cause.

  • Renton, WA

    Kept me interested the entire book. I can't wait to see the Netflix and HBO adaptations. I still cannot believe this girl got away at all this at such a young age. Is she brilliant? Or a psychopath ????

  • Loganville, GA

    I felt the authors tension the whole time. The way she wrote in the moment and put you in her shoes was amazing. It shows how quickly people can take advantage of others. A good read in the social age

  • Lake Orion, MI

    I generally dont like nonfiction but i loved this! So interesting and the writer made me feel like I was still reading a story and not a biography. Ended up doing so much googling on the story after!

  • Flemington, NJ

    From the second I heard about this story I wanted to know everything. I was so intrigued.I knew that I needed to read this book and was not disappointed.Now I only want to hear other sides of the take

  • Media , PA

    This is true crime meets studio 54- an interesting look at a narcissistic sociopath & how she reeled in and scammed those around her. while I felt bad for her victims, I was both fascinated & appalled

  • Port Lavaca, TX

    I had heard about Anna Delvey on a Podcast called Swindled before finding this book. I love how I got real details from someone who was also there. I also followed along googling places she described!

  • Dallas , TX

    I went into this novel having read some about Anna and her crimes. Admittedly thinking how did this woman deceive so many. Rachel share the story as a member of Annas story and a victim of her crimes.

  • Houma, LA

    Rachel's story is a wild ride! This story makes you think about who your friends really are. I felt her range of emotions through the entirety of the book. Incredibly brave of her to share her story.

  • West Newbury, MA

    This was amazing especially since it is a true story. Unbelievable that Anna could get away with all her lies for so long. Also thay she was soo good at deceiving people that she could fool Rachel.

  • Elmhurst, IL

    I thought this book was truly un-put-down-able. Rachel did a fantastic job of outlining the events that led to her befriending Anna, falling for Anna's fraud, and ultimately discovering who Anna was.

  • Jacksonville , IL

    I’ve always found memoirs to be quite clarifying. This read was an interesting read since I’ve had family members be victims of con artists. I love how she was graceful and explained her truth.

  • New York, NY

    Completely shocked by how Anna Delvey performed the ultimate socialite scam! Reading Rachel’s experience was almost like listening to a friend - so well written, yet personable. Highly recommend!

  • Atlanta, GA

    I could not put this book down. It captured me by being an easy to read rollercoaster of a story, causing me to have severe anxiety for the author. Well told and a great reminder to trust your gut.

  • Indianapolis, IN

    Captivating from beginning to end. I felt the anxiety and betrayal that Williams faced, and was eager to see how justice would be done. It was certainly satisifying and a great story to see unfold.

  • Delray Beach, FL

    This was my favorite book this year. Truth can be stranger than fiction. This book was unbelievable and absorbing. I read it one sitting. Two movies are coming out about this story. Can’t wait!

  • Kansas City, MO

    This book is insane! It is a thrilling story of how a woman got conned by one of her best friends and the hunt to get answers and close this chapter of her life. And the kicker, IT'S A TRUE STORY!

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Such a fascinating look at human nature. It really shows you how easy it would be to find yourself in the situation of the author, while also making you thankful for the good friends you have.

  • Washington, DC

    WOW what a gripping read of a nice lady being totally conned! Williams's voice is straightforward, with text messages and other bits from Anna included, the reader really feels like she's there.

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