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My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams
True crime

My Friend Anna


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

by Rachel DeLoache Williams

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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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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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Member ratings (4,435)

  • Chelsea R.

    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! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!

  • Rachel B.

    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.

  • Cady M.

    Martinez, CA

    When a friend tells a good story, I request to hear it retold over & over. I want to be Rachel’s friend, not just for her stories, but because she is relatable & true to herself. PS peep Anna’s ig!

  • leticia p.

    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 ????

  • Katherine H.

    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