It’s 2021! Yay! So it’s about time we got excited about all the new books that are being released this year. One of these books is a thriller about an Instamum who is being stalked by a mysterious stranger hellbent on getting revenge. *suspenseful music*
You might not know but when I started blogging back in 2018, I was a “mummy blogger”. After all, I was a new mum with a 3 month old baby. I longed for connection and support from other parents going through the same experiences. So I can tell you with absolute certainty, that many of the disturbing things that happen to Emmy in the book do happen in real life. It’s a terrifying part of the blogosphere and so it’s no wonder I vanished from that scene within a few months. (Also easy to see why this book appealed to me!)
This debut from a husband-and-wife writer duo already has TV rights acquired. So I guarantee that you’ll be seeing a lot of hype around this book. And without any further ado, I give you: my review of People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd.
Many thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
People Like Her
by Ellery Lloyd
Date of Publication: 21st January 2021
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Format: eBook (266 pages)
Followed by millions. Hunted by one.
I need to be liked. It’s my job
My personal brand is built on honesty.
Family, friendship, cheering other mothers on when things get tough.
Doing it together – telling it like it really is – that’s what @the_Mamabare is all about.
I just want a quiet life
Her adoring followers feel like they understand my wife.
My wife certainly understands them.
I know she is beautiful, smart, ambitious, charming.
But she’s also a liar.
I want revenge
The filter’s about to drop.
I’ve been watching you and your family very closely.
You’ve ruined my life.
Now I’m going to ruin yours.
Infant death (SIDS)
involuntary drug use
attempted murder of adult and child
child injury and neglect
discussion of menstruation
People Like Her is one of those slow burn, character driven thrillers that I’m not too keen on but enjoy under the right circumstances. (I enjoyed this one!) And while I wasn’t put off by its multiple POVs, I was put off by the fact that I liked the characters so little that I had no empathy for them whatsoever. No matter what awful things happened to them. Even when, under normal circumstances, these awful things would have been extremely triggering for me.
That said, this book made me very anxious. And yes, it has made me re-examine my online presence and what that might mean for our family.
All in all, People Like Her is an interesting debut. It’s full of twists that I didn’t see coming. But I will say that ultimately, I think it was too dark for me. The climax in particular made me feel physically ill. So while I would recommend this to thriller fans, I don’t think it’s suitable for all and I advise that prospective readers check content warnings before diving in!
- Character driven
- Super dark
- Dramatic plot twists
Read this if you…
- Want to explore the dangers of being an “influencer”
- Enjoy twisty thrillers
Thanks for stopping by to check out my review of People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd! If I’ve piqued your interest, you can pre-order it today or grab a copy once it releases on the 21st of January.
Will you be reading People Like Her in 2021? Let me know in the comments below.