People Like Her

Two authors makes for well-rounded characters caught up in a gripping plot.

Book title

People Like Her

Author

Ellery Lloyd

Standalone or series

Standalone

First time reading this author?

Yes

Why I picked this

The very current setting of an Instagram influencer mum who is being targeted by a stalker. It sounded like a really interesting story and I wanted to see how realistic it would be.

Review copy or purchase

Review copy via publisher Pan Macmillan and NetGalley UK in exchange for an honest review.

What it’s about

Emmy Jackson blogs about her life as a mum of two. She captures all her Insta worthy moments to share what life is really like as a parent. Her husband is sceptical, because he sees the reality, but is just as invested as Emmy in keeping up the story as Emmy’s brand is the major source of their income. For millions of mums Emmy is the lifeline showing that whatever they’re going through is normal, but for one person Emmy’s online presence causes their family pain and they’ll go farther than anyone could imagine to get revenge.

Review

Wow. Thank you very much to NetGalley and the publisher Pan Macmillan for the opportunity to read this in advance of publication.

This is a gripping thriller about the dangers of social media, and easily one of my top reads of the year.

The life of an influencer isn’t as easy as it looks. Every moment of Emmy’s life is carefully curated to appeal to her followers and the brands who pay her to promote their products. This isn’t all no make-up make-up and filtered moments of perfection though. Emmy’s market is the world of Insta motherhood, so it’s styled to look natural with messy floors, baby sick and sleepless nights. The fact that Emmy’s kids both sleep really well and she has a cleaner twice a week doesn’t quite make the cut for ‘life on the grid’. Husband Dan is grudging of his wife’s use of their children and family life, but as he’s trapped in second novel hell he’s realistic that they need the income her online activities bring.

Of her million followers Emmy’s used to the hate amongst the love, but she doesn’t suspect that one of those followers isn’t just a keyboard warrior. They have a very personal hate for Emmy and have sinister plans for her future.

This is a fantastically well written book. Normally I’m put off by books written by two people (Ellery Lloyd is a pseudonym for husband and wife writing team Collette Lyons and Paul Vlitos). But, here it works really well. The story is told in first person perspective from Emmy, Dan and the stalker and each voice feels very authentic. I really enjoyed reading a sympathetic male character (Dan) as it feels the men in books I’ve been reading recently have been all been one-dimensional villains who treat the women in their lives despicably.

I finished this within 24 hours and it absolutely would have been a one sitting read if work and sleep hadn’t been necessary. A brilliant read and I heartily recommend it.

Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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