The Eighth Girl by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung, March 17, 2020, William Morrow
Genre: psychological thriller
Imagine a girl with eight separate personalities, each vying with each other for dominance and each appearing at will in the mind of their host, the original personality.
Alexa Wu is a damaged young woman who nevertheless aims for a normal life as a photojournalist, while she manages the eight personalities, any of which can appear at any time and take over, even for short periods of time. Her mental disorder is the fascinating "Dissociative identity disorder (DID), previously known as multiple personality disorder."
I've just begun the book and am eager to see how, or if Alexa makes it, with the help of her new psychotherapist, Daniel, himself a recovering alcoholic.
And who or which personality is the Eighth Girl, I wonder. And how does she fit into the plot? I haven't gotten to that part of the book as yet.
Author Maxine Mei-Fung Chung is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and training psychotherapist. Originally trained in the arts, she previously worked as a creative director for ten years at Condé Nast, The Sunday Times, and The Times (London). This is her first novel.
For book club:
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, June 6, 2017, Harper
Genre: mystery set in England
I read the first part of the book a year ago today, and am rereading the entire book for book club meeting in April. Here is what I said about the mystery on goodreads:
Three mystery story plots in one book. A story by a fictional author and then another story about that author himself. Both stories woven together, though it makes for a long book. Very clever plotting and characterizations.
What are you reading this week?