REVIEW: Size Zero by A.C. Moyer

Blurb:  Condom dresses, space helmets, and vegetable coats have debuted on fashion runways—now a dead body is the trend.

Filleted and stitched into a gruesome skin coat, a corpse worn by an anorexic model saunters down fashion’s biggest stage. The remains are identified as Annabelle Leigh, the teenager who mysteriously disappeared over a decade ago from her boyfriend’s New York City mansion.

After years of seeking the truth, new evidence puts golden boy Cecil LeClaire at the center of the crime. He teams up with Ava Germaine, a beautiful and badass ex-con with a knack for breaking codes. Together they investigate the depraved and lawless modeling industry behind Cecil’s family fortune.

Model agencies promise the American Dream, but what secrets hide behind those emaciated scowls?

In high fashion modeling, selling bodies is organized crime.


REVIEW:  ‘Misfortune Comes From Having a Body’

Okay, let me start off by saying, that this fashion world that A.C. Moyer has created is certifiably nuts! (I’m scared to think how much of it is true in the real fashion world).

To start, we begin with the main character, Cecil LeClaire, an entitled vacuous rich young man, who has many strange habits – son to the famous model agent, Margauex LeClaire.
Cecil is lured back into the city from his hideaway B&B in New Hampshire with news that his first love, Annabelle Leigh (who disappeared 10 years ago), has been found. Not only found, but dead in a most gruesome way. Filleted and stitched into a skin coat that’s worn by a model in fashion week. Truly hideous. With an opening act like that, how much more gruesome can it get?

Answer? Much more.

After coming back to the city, Cecil begins to see his models model agency in a new light – a dark and terrifying one. He searches for the truth about not only the disappearance, but also the death of his first love, teaming up with a strange ally, Ava Germaine. Ava has many secrets and looks like an anorexic model herself, due to muscular dystrophy. Ava works for a leading fashion designer as I guess you could say, spy? Anyway, she has access to all sorts of things and Cecil and Ava dig deep in the fashion underworld.

What’s discovered is a macabre twist of developments that just keep coming throughout the novel. I couldn’t say much more without giving it all away, but wow. A.C. Moyer is certainly descriptive and leaves no detail unturned. This is definitely a gritty torturous novel – not for the faint of heart.

One detail I didn’t love, was Cecil’s strange obsession with sex and masturbation – I swear I was beginning to think every other paragraph I was going to read again that Cecil had his you know what in his hand. Made him come off very creepy and I know that was intended considering how f*cked up his childhood and teenage years were, but seriously weird.

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