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Bad Habits

(2021)
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AN APPLE BEST BOOK OF FEBRUARY

"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

A whip-smart psychological thriller from the author of
Good as Gone (a New York Times Notable Book), in which a grad student becomes embroiled in a deadly rivalry that changes her into someone unrecognizable to her struggling family, her ambitious academic friends, and even herself

Claire "Mac" Woods—a professor enjoying her newfound hotshot status at an academic conference—finally has the acceptance and admiration she has long craved. But at the conference's hotel bar, Mac is surprised to run into a face from a past she'd rather forget: the moneyed, effortlessly perfect Gwendolyn Whitney, Mac's foil, rival, and former best friend.

When Gwen moved to town in high school, Claire—then known as Mac, a poor kid from a troubled family who had too much on her plate—saw what it meant to have. Money, sophistication, culture, the very blueprints to success. Mac had almost nothing, except the will to change. Change she did, habitually grinding herself to work as hard as straight-A Gwen, even eventually getting admitted into the same elite graduate program as Gwen. But then Mac and Gwen become entangled with the department’s power-couple professors and compete head-to-head for a life changing fellowship. The more twisted the track toward success becomes, the more Mac has to contort herself to stay one step ahead—which deception signals the point of no return?

Jack-knifing between Mac's world-expanding graduate days and the crucible of the hotel and its unexpected guests, Bad Habits follows Mac's reckoning between her hardscrabble past and tenuous present. What, exactly, did Mac do to get what she has today? And what will she do to keep it? With taut, powerful prose, Amy Gentry asks how far we'll go to get what we want--and whether we can ever truly leave the past behind.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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


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February 2021 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bad Habits: By the author of the best-selling thriller GOOD AS GONE
Author(s): Amy Gentry
ISBN: 0-358-12654-1 / 978-0-358-12654-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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February 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bad Habits
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ISBN: 0-358-40857-1 / 978-0-358-40857-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner
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February 2021 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Bad Habits: By the author of the best-selling thriller GOOD AS GONE
Author(s): Amy Gentry
ISBN: 0-358-43997-3 / 978-0-358-43997-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Blackstone Publishing
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February 2021 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Bad Habits: By the author of the best-selling thriller GOOD AS GONE
Author(s): Amy Gentry
ISBN: 1-66478-364-4 / 978-1-66478-364-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Blackstone Publishing
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February 2021 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Bad Habits: Library Edition
Author(s): Amy Gentry
ISBN: 1-66478-365-2 / 978-1-66478-365-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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Title: Bad Habits
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Title: Bad Habits
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February 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Bad Habits: By the author of the best-selling thriller GOOD AS GONE
Author(s): Amy Gentry
Publisher: Mariner Books
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