In small town America, a troubled 19 year old girl, who wants to be loved, starts a three-way affair with Matt, a Satanist and Frances, his girlfriend, whoâ€™s a tattoo artist and a new parent.
Itâ€™s a high maintenance liaison, with strict rules, that does nothing for its unbalanced and destructive format. The girl, already lost and seekingâ€¦somethingâ€¦loses herself in the relationship â€“ and emerges with a new name: Lilith.
As Lilith grows closer to Matt, the jealousy and obsession between him and Frances deepens. Itâ€™s a menage a trois in a spiral descent: of pain and pleasure; isolation and promise; love and loss.
At its roots, this is a coming of age novel. A young woman is desperate to make a deep connection with others, but who is â€“ as yet; the double-edged sword of youth â€“ without the emotional experience to cope with the darker side of life.
The novel is at times brutal â€“ and brutally honest â€“ and certainly doesnâ€™t pack a satisfying conclusion. Itâ€™s â€˜savedâ€™ by the skill by the author. Elle Nash writes beautifully; the imagery is striking, the depth of feeling relatable, but neither is at the expense of the story.
Animals Eat Each Other wonâ€™t be for everyone, and you wonâ€™t know until you try it, because it is engaging! Itâ€™s not an easy read and the subject matter itself is uncomfortable at times â€“ but I guess this is rather the point. Life, love and desire are not always comfortable either, especially (maybe) at nineteen.
Published in the UK by 404 Ink