My Friend Anna - Rachel DeLoache Williams

My Friend Anna

By Rachel DeLoache Williams

  • Release Date: 2019-07-23
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4
From 321 Ratings



Sex and the City meets Catch Me if You Can in the astonishing true story of Anna Delvey, a young con artist posing as a German heiress in New York City—as told by the former Vanity Fair photo editor who got seduced by her friendship and then scammed out of more than $62,000.

Vanity Fair photo editor Rachel DeLoache Williams’s new friend Anna Delvey, a self-proclaimed German heiress, was worldly and ambitious. She was also generous—picking up the tab for lavish dinners at Le Coucou, infrared sauna sessions at HigherDOSE, drinks at the 11 Howard Library bar, and regular workout sessions with a celebrity personal trainer.

When Anna proposed an all-expenses-paid trip to Marrakech at the five-star La Mamounia hotel, Rachel jumped at the chance. But when Anna’s credit cards mysteriously stopped working, the dream vacation quickly took a dark turn. Anna asked Rachel to begin fronting costs—first for flights, then meals and shopping, and, finally, for their $7,500-per-night private villa. Before Rachel knew it, more than $62,000 had been charged to her credit cards. Anna swore she would reimburse Rachel the moment they returned to New York.

Back in Manhattan, the repayment never materialized, and a shocking pattern of deception emerged. Rachel learned that Anna had left a trail of deceit—and unpaid bills—wherever she’d been. Mortified, Rachel contacted the district attorney, and in a stunning turn of events, found herself helping to bring down one of the city’s most notorious con artists.

With breathless pacing and in-depth reporting from the person who experienced it firsthand, My Friend Anna is an unforgettable true story of money, power, greed, and female friendship.


  • Not a fan

    By demmmmmiiiiiiid
    This book could be summarized in 10 pages and it might be the most boring 10 pages you’ve ever read. I had to skip page after page because it was such unimportant monotonous details. Definitely don’t recommend.
  • Frenemy

    By wordthrill
    Rachel paints the picture of an innocuous and yet dubious creature. There are certainly two sides to this story and I am not sure we get the full picture from the author who was so closely tied to the story that transpired. We all hate the idea of opening our hearts and making ourselves prey to deception. But to actually be conned so thoroughly must truly make one question reality and life perceptions. Upon realization, it flavors every subsequent relationship. Rachel walks us through her friendship with Anna, shows us the masquerade that she herself never looked too hard underneath to discover the real depths. Part of the con was dependent on good manners which prohibits questioning others, especially about matters as personal as finances.
  • This book seems more about the author’s accomplishments than the story of a con artist....

    By Taylorlee90
    Don’t let the sample fool you. I can’t even finish it.
  • My Friend Anna

    By Mobrien884
    Well-written account of a living nightmare. Anna should be deported once she serves her time.
  • Can’t Put It Down

    By Girl-without-wheels
    This story just pulls you in! Warning: you may not be able to put this book down!
  • Incredible!!! A must read!!!

    By Taylor aka Boho B
    I read it in a week and couldn’t put it down!!! A real and raw modern day tale of trust and friendship and the unfortunate lies and deceit that followed. Rachel does a sensational job at expressing her voice in an authentic way that pulls you in hanging on her every word.
  • Incredible

    By Maddyyyyyy
    A true work of art. Honest. Endearing. Raw. Well done, Rachel. I finished this in one day. This book is a must read.