People Like Her

Finished People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd. I received a copy for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

A razor-sharp, wickedly smart suspense debut about an ambitious influencer mom whose soaring success threatens her marriage, her morals, and her family’s safety.

Followed by Millions, Watched by One

To her adoring fans, Emmy Jackson, aka @the_mamabare, is the honest “Instamum” who always tells it like it is. 

To her skeptical husband, a washed-up novelist who knows just how creative Emmy can be with the truth, she is a breadwinning powerhouse chillingly brilliant at monetizing the intimate details of their family life.

To one of Emmy’s dangerously obsessive followers, she’s the woman that has everything—but deserves none of it.  

As Emmy’s marriage begins to crack under the strain of her growing success and her moral compass veers wildly off course, the more vulnerable she becomes to a very real danger circling ever closer to her family.

In this deeply addictive tale of psychological suspense, Ellery Lloyd raises important questions about technology, social media celebrity, and the way we live today. Probing the dark side of influencer culture and the perils of parenting online, People Like Her explores our desperate need to be seen and the lengths we’ll go to be liked by strangers. It asks what—and who—we sacrifice when make our private lives public, and ultimately lose control of who we let in. . . .”

This is an incredibly fun novel and one that starts out very plausibly. (Yes, by the end, things have taken a sharp turn into “This would never happen” but even so, it is a very, VERY entertaining story.

Emmy is famous on Instagram and she has a lot of fans…and a lot of trolls. And, most alarmingly, at least one of them is dangerous. (I think we’ve all been on the internet long enough to realize that the more people are aware of you, the likelier it is that someone will take a random dislike to you and that people will be mean to/about you.) Her husband Dan, meanwhile, is an author who wrote one book and has been trying to write his second for quite some time. (It feels cruel to specify exactly how long and exactly how far into the writing process he’s gotten.) He definitely seems to consider Emmy’s work to be less important than his own, although they’re also kept afloat because of her income.)

The story is told from both perspectives and that serves the story well. We see that events are remembered differently, and the way that Dan assumes everything she does is incredibly easy. (Spoiler: it’s either very hard or Dan is not skilled in those areas. Or both.)

I loved this book and it is an incredibly fun distraction.

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