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My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams
True crime

My Friend Anna


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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 (4,624)

  • Chelsea R.

    Marion, 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! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!

  • Morgan H.

    Hopkins, MN

    I really enjoyed this story. I couldn’t put it down and finished it two days. I can’t believe this is a true story and it happened so recently! It’s interesting to think about how Anna got away with i

  • 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.

  • Kristen L.

    Spring City, PA

    I’ve been fascinated with this story ever since I first heard of Anna Delvey. I loved getting the author’s perspective. It was written so well that I forgot I was reading a real persons actual account

  • Rachelle D.

    Kirkland, WA

    Just putting my two cents in — I think Rachel’s version of events here is a lot more credible than the heavily romanticized version of Anna we get in the Netflix series. This was a riveting narrative.

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