"It is almost impossible to find the words for a truly original novel such as Bad Habits
, a primal scream of a book that could be written only by this author at this time. Amy Gentry is in utter control of this anaconda of a story as it twists, squeezes and lashes out at the reader. And all the reader can do is stare helplessly back, mesmerized. In case it’s not clear, I loved it.”
—Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of The Sunburn and Lady of the Lake
"If you’ve ever wondered how the Talented Mr. Ripley would fare in a Ph.D. program, Bad Habits is the book for you. With deft, crisp prose and unerring wit, Amy Gentry charts a singular young woman’s perilous ascent to the academic firmament—and then unravels all the secrets she had to keep to get there. By turns wicked and tender, ghastly and hilarious, Bad Habits is Amy Gentry’s best book yet—and the most fun I’ve had in ages."
—Elizabeth Little, Los Angeles Times bestselling author of Dear Daughter and Pretty As A Picture
"With every novel, Gentry’s work upends our expectations of identity. Her characters explore alter egos through the guise of performance, aliases, lovers, and—in Bad Habits—even grad programs. Hailing Jamesian roots as it explodes into the world of academia, Bad Habits layers precise detail, dread, and dark desire in an addictive page-turning story. The unforgettable ending made me immediately want to read the entire book again. Do not miss this hypnotic masterpiece."
—Mindy Mejia, author of Everything You Want Me to Be and Strike Me Down
"In Bad Habits, Amy Gentry deftly explores power struggles and their subtle—and not so subtle—shifts and consequences. As the truth of what happened one night a decade ago claws its way to the surface you’ll be switching your allegiances from left to right and back again. Whip-smart, and beautifully written, Bad Habits is one hell of an exploration of what can happen when friendship tangos with an insatiable appetite for success and control. This novel is unexpected, surprising and has a diabolical ending I won’t forget any time soon."
—Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of Sister Dear
"I could not tear myself away from Amy Gentry's Bad Habits, an intoxicatingly propulsive thriller with Russian-doll-like plotting and searing prose set against a backdrop of toxic academia. With Special Topics in Calamity Physics meets Gillian Flynn & Megan Abbot vibes, I was wholly sucked into this seductive psychological suspense and its corkscrew-like twists and turns that held me in their grip until the final, jaw-dropping reveal that left me breathless."
—May Cobb, author of Big Woods and The Hunting Wives
"This rousing exposé of the politics of academia, with its textbook reputation for backbiting, will keep readers turning the pages."
"A tale of psychological survival and suspense that readers of Gentry’s Good as Gone (2016) and other tales of women struggling in a world that wants them to fail will relish."
"A tense psychological thriller with an intriguing setup."