Vantage Point

A Novel

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Pub Date Jan 14 2025 | Archive Date Feb 14 2025

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Description

Succession meets Megan Abbott in this seductive Gothic suspense novel about the dramatic downfall of one of America’s most affluent families.

"Terrifying and uncanny.” —Katy Hays, New York Times bestselling author of The Cloisters

The old-money Wieland family has it all—wealth, status, power. They’re also famously cursed.

Clara and her brother, Teddy, grew up on a small island in Maine in the shadow of their parents’ tragic deaths, haunted by rumors and paparazzi. Fourteen years later, they’ve mostly put their turbulent past to rest. Teddy has married Clara’s best friend, Jess, and the three of them have moved back home to take over the sprawling, remote family mansion known as Vantage Point. Then Teddy decides to run for the Senate—an unnerving prospect made much worse when intimate videos of Clara are leaked online. The most frightening part
is that she doesn't remember filming any of them. Are the videos real? Or are they deepfakes? Is someone trying to take down the Wielands once and for all?

Everyone thinks Clara is losing her grasp on reality. But she knows the truth: the videos are only the beginning. Years ago, the curse destroyed her parents. Now, it’s coming for her.

Sara Sligar, the critically acclaimed author of Take Me Apart, returns with another shocking, breathless novel of Gothic suspense. Brimming with palpable tension, Vantage Point reveals a twisted web of family secrets and political ambition that raises questions about the blurred lines between public and private personas and the
nature of “truth” in our digital age.

Succession meets Megan Abbott in this seductive Gothic suspense novel about the dramatic downfall of one of America’s most affluent families.

"Terrifying and uncanny.” —Katy Hays, New York Times...


A Note From the Publisher

Sara Sligar is the author of Take Me Apart, which was short-listed for the Ned Kelly Award for Best International Crime Fiction. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at the University of Southern California.

Sara Sligar is the author of Take Me Apart, which was short-listed for the Ned Kelly Award for Best International Crime Fiction. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is an assistant professor of...


Advance Praise

“Sara Sligar’s new novel is a primal scream, sounding a harrowing alarm about how thin (and deadly) the line between synthetic and real has become. A terrifying and uncanny novel, Vantage Point takes dupes and deep fakes to another level. Even the shrewdest reader will be left off kilter and unable to answer the most simple question: what did I just see?” —Katy Hays, New York Times-bestselling author of The Cloisters

"Vantage Point is a thoroughly modern Gothic novel that will have you turning its pages at warp speed. Sara Sligar has written a fearsome, sharp novel that is both timeless and culturally relevant and filled with dark delights." —Ivy Pochoda, author of Sing Her Down

Vantage Point is a thriller for our times, where politics meets paranoia, and technology turns into terror. Sara Sligar has tapped into our most contemporary fears and turned them into a feast of a story. I devoured this book.” —Janelle Brown, New York Times-bestselling author of Pretty Things and I’ll Be You

"Vantage Point is a haunting, pitch perfect exploration of paranoia and perception, the ways we craft our identity both publicly and in our own minds, and the fine line between loyalty and complicity, power and control. Sara Sligar is that rare writer whose high concept is matched by faultless prose, rich emotional insight, and a vein of delicious dark humor that bleeds when pressed. This is a novel to devour, then savor. I loved every mind-bending page." —Katie Gutierrez, author of national bestseller More Than You'll Ever Know

"Vantage Point is a sophisticated suspense novel that’s as thought-provoking as it is unnerving. With her signature seductive prose, Sligar holds up a mirror to the dark side of privilege and the true horrors of being a woman on the internet, crafting a story that feels like shattered glass: brilliant and exquisite, but it will cut you deep.” —Layne Fargo, author of The Favorites and They Never Learn

“Sara Sligar’s new novel is a primal scream, sounding a harrowing alarm about how thin (and deadly) the line between synthetic and real has become. A terrifying and uncanny novel, Vantage Point takes...


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ISBN 9780374282295
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PAGES 400

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Sligar's writing is sharp and engaging, with a keen eye for detail that brings the characters and setting to life. The plot twists and turns, keeping readers guessing until the very last page. The exploration of themes such as ambition, betrayal, and hidden motives adds depth to the story, making it not just a thrilling read, but a thought-provoking one as well.

Overall, "Vantage Point" is a must-read for fans of suspenseful, character-driven novels. Sara Sligar has crafted a tale that will linger in your mind long after you finish the book.
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Have been super delayed writing this review because of covid so my thoughts aren’t as fresh as they could be but this was sooo good. I loved the use of Wikipedia entries here — a great way to do exposition. This is a slightly futuristic, tech-based horror that still feels very much in the realm of possibility. Deep fakes are only going to get more realistic, and the potential consequences of that technology is honestly terrifying.

Anyway, so much to love about this. A creepy and unsettling story about the dark side of technology and the danger of men desperate for power and recognition.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC!

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