Book Review: Size Zero by Abigail Mangin

I am going to keep this review short for a single reason: I REALLY DISLIKED the book. Size Zero has been categorized under the crime thriller genre but that’s only half accurate. While it lives up to the crime bit, the only thrill I felt was when I FINALLY finished reading it after constantly putting it down due to boredom and just hoping for something to happen.

The plot is dark and twisted but not in an amazing thriller way and rather in the most horrid way possible. The first chapter and the blurb belies the entire plot line. It’s nasty and this book is definitely not for everyone. There are multiple triggers to be found in the book: anorexia, abuse, rape, explicit language and more. The whole time it felt as if the author was trying too hard to assault my sensibilities instead of weaving a story and I didn’t find a single character that I liked (except maybe the mouse – Firago).

The problem with the book was that no matter how crazy the fashion industry is, the only “size zero” I found in the book was the pace, practically non-existent. You keep waiting for the book to finally start moving but all you get is a slight pulse to bring you out of the boredom-coma after every 7 chapters or so during which the pace and the story has flat lined itself.  I may sound very harsh about the book but I believe the book would have been a great short story or maybe even a Netflix show with all the crazy but as an entire novella it’s a disaster.

I’m rating this book 1.5 bookmarks out of 5 solely for the cover and this is probably the first book which has let me down this year.

I'd like to thank NetGalley for providing me with a copy in lieu of an honest review. I would also like to wish the author the best for her next book in this series and would like to congratulate her for coming of with this book, I unfortunately wasn't the reader for it.


Surbhi Sinha

Surbhi Sinha

A regular customer of the worlds wordsmiths. I enjoy exploring several lives while reading books. I try to reflect the beauty of simplicity and appreciate the extraordinary magic woven in stories.


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