Think long and hard about what you post online.. and for whom.
Insta-fame. Stalker. Kidnapping. This psychological thriller has it all. Emmy, followed by millions, known best for her honesty about motherhood. However, one of her followers has a strange obsession that turns deadly. As Emmy puts out more and more information, this stalker gets closer and closer to its end goal.
The characters were very well-written. It’s exciting to see inside the mind of a famous influencer. The motives and strange behaviors, questioning themselves. Seeing how things affect the family around her brings up good points about our goals and how much time we should dedicate to our social media feeds. I loved the way each chapter showed perspectives from Emmy, her husband Dan, and the stalker. The pace was medium, but the suspense was enough to keep you reading chapter after chapter without pause.
This novel hit close to home as a bookstagrammer. It had me questioning my posts and motives, and wondering exactly how much time I take away from my family. It brings up outstanding questions about social media and the impact it may have on others.
Content warnings include infant death and suicide.
I gave this book five out of five stars for the way it kept me enthralled in the story, guessing up until the very end who the stalker would be and what their motives were.
About Ellery Lloyd
Ellery Lloyd is the writing pseudonym for Paul Vlitos and Collette Lyons.
Collette Lyons is a journalist and editor, the former content director of Elle (UK) and editorial director at Soho House. She has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and the Sunday Times.
Paul Vlitos is the author of two previous novels, Welcome to the Working Week and Every Day is Like Sunday. He is the program director for English Literature with Creative Writing at the University of Surrey.