Published 21st Jan 2021 by Mantle Books https://www.blackwells.co.uk/?a_aid=babbageandsweetcorn
Catching up on book reviews, so over the next few days I’ll be posting some short, quick and to the point reviews of some books I’ve enjoyed recently. First up is……………
People like Emmy Jackson. They always have. Especially online, where she is Instagram sensation Mamabare, famous for telling the unvarnished truth about modern parenthood.
But Emmy isn’t as honest as she’d like the fans to believe. She may think she has her followers fooled, but someone out there knows the truth and plans to make her pay . . .
A smart and thrilling debut that delves into the darkest aspects of influencer culture, Ellery Lloyd’s People Like Her is about what you risk losing when you don’t know who’s watching . . .
In this story we follow Emmy, aka mamabare, an influencer and ‘insta mum’ with a very high number of followers. So high she has an agent and an assistant, to help with maintaining the site, replying to comments, sponsors and events.
From Emmy we hear of what it’s like to be someone like her, how much time it takes and exactly how real any of it really is. The story also focuses on the dangers there are putting yourself out there, on social media, as fully as someone like her does. Her day to day life, her home even her young children, and that, in this case, there is someone out there who doesn’t think she deserves any of the benefits she gets from this lifestyle, in fact doesn’t think she deserves happiness at all!
I enjoyed this book and found it a quick one to read. I liked the way we get to hear from 3 perspectives, including Emmy’s husband and ‘the stalker’. The story involves some very upsetting topics, which I really wasn’t expecting, so some triggers for some here fore sure. Loss of a child, miscarriage and suicide included. It made for a very startling contrast from one chapter to another. I liked the part narrated by the husband and that he struggled with Emmy’s job but at the same time, her success allowed him to carry on with his dream of writing another book. I also found the part which discusses the differences in what audiences want from Instagram in different countries interesting. As I’ve said, I wasn’t expecting the darkness that there was in the thriller element of the book, but found it well written and with a shocking ending.
Altogether a well written, unexpected and interesting read.