She's A Killer, by Kirsten McDougall (VUP October 2021)

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This superbly inventive and clever thriller is set in near-future Wellington, with a climate crisis in play globally, and social and economic disruption in a New Zealand flooded with 'wealthugees'. The narrator is a genius slacker, who is anarchic and unreliable, but smart and well drawn. She behaves appallingly and hilariously, but the book isn't being played for laughs. It's deadly serious, tense, claustrophobic and exciting, and takes the reader places you won't expect. A brilliant and unsettling read, and too short at 400 pages.