Book Review: Number One Fan by Meg Elison

September 15, 2022


Number One Fan by Meg Elison follows a successful fantasy writer who has been kidnapped by one of her most rabid fans. Ms. Elison is an award-winning writer, specializing in the science-fiction/fantasy genre.

  • 352 pages
  • Publisher ‏ : MIRA
  • Language ‏ : English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : 0778386155

Book Review: Number One Fan by Meg Elison
My rating for Number One Fan5
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The scariest part of Number One Fan by Meg Elison, is how plausible the story is. Not only with the kidnapping, and treatment of women, but also how some men will get away with it in court. Not to mention how the antagonist justifies his actions to himself.

Ms. Elison wrote about life that all of us who have ever been part of a fandom recognize. The conventions that are very often a delight, a place to meet like-minded friends. However, they can hide the dark side of delusional others who live in their own worlds.
To be fair, those are far and few in between, and I have never met any that I know of. I, however, have never been to a convention of authors, only to comic conventions and I stopped going many years ago.

Eli Grey, the protagonist author, lives in our modern world. She’s a lonely woman who doesn’t think she’s lonely and uses social media and email to live her digital life. Her captor fools almost the whole world by taking control of her accounts. Not a big accomplishment in a world filled with disinformation, even us savvy folks get fooled.

Another interesting aspect of the book was the author’s commentary about the industry, as well as its fans. The way celebrity writers stick together, and how difficult it is to break into that club. It was a fascinating view, looking both from the inside out, and outside in.

I certainly enjoyed reading this book very much. The story has many aspects, a fascinating look at worlds that co-exist with me, but which I’ll never be a part of (hopefully). The narrative is tight, the characters are all believable, as well as fascinating, and the story is easy to keep track of.


Eli Grey, an author of a successful franchise that branched out into movies, enters a rideshare she believes basically came to pick her up. When she wakes up Eli is bounded, and soon tortured by a “fan”.

The fan, a delusional failed author, believes Eli is her main character, as well as being the rightful heir to the franchise. Eli, a reclusive woman, realizes that, surely, almost no one will know she’s missing.

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