I picked The Girls up after reading the synopsis. Straight away I knew that this was something I wanted to read. The novel seems to take a great deal inspiration from the Manson Family (a quasi-commune that started in the late sixties in San Fransisco.) I'm really drawn to books with a commune/cult aspect because I find it fascinating reading about their experiences. Seeing how one person could bewitch so many.
I will say this book isn't for the faint of heart. There is a lot of drug use/sex/profanity but it definitely demonstrates the mindset of the era it was set in. Considering, how graphic the entire novel was I was surprised at how tamely the murders were describe in comparison. My guess is because our narrator Evie, wasn't actually present during them.
Evie as a narrator. I was so compelled by her as a character. Emma Cline had wrote her in a way that she felt so visceral. That this wasn't a fictitious story but an autobiography.
I absolutely loved this book. The only reason I didn't give it 5/5 was because of the present day chapters. Julian and Sasha really irritated me as characters. They felt very one dimensional in comparison to Evie and Suzanne.
Overall, I think this is a great novel and a spectacular debut.