When she's offered a job researching the murderous Manson girls for a dubious film, she reluctantly accepts - she needs the money. But soon enough, among the fake smiles and glitter-fuelled parties, things turn from strange, to dark, to dangerous . . .
This is not going to be the summer Anna had in mind.
I didn't particularly like Anna, but to be honest I'm not entirely sure we're meant to. Apart from getting annoyed at her sometimes childish POV, this didn't lessen my enjoyment of the story, and to be honest this was mainly to do with her age. Anna's research really did make me think about how these young women went from normal girls to violent murderers.
I loved the story within a story aspect - Not only do we see a character in a story about the Manson girls researching the Manson girls, but we're also treated to another form of mise en abyme with the children's TV show several of the characters work on. This also provided another way to examine the pitfalls of fame and address how young people can be corrupted.
I enjoyed this coming of age story and am now off to catch up on episodes of Aquarius!