Book Review: People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd

People Like Her

★★☆☆☆

I chose this book as my December Book of the Month pick. I was excited to read a debut novel and thought the description was interesting. I didn’t realize until I received the book that Ellery Lloyd is a pseudonym for a husband & wife writing duo (which I thought was also cool).

What is it about?

Copied from Goodreads:

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. . . .

Review:

I did not like this book at all. I made myself finish it because I kept waiting for it to get to the good part. I would not classify this book as a thriller. The best part of the book came on p. 236 (BOTM edition) when the thrilling part started. The whole beginning of the book was setting this up I guess, but it felt it was really unneeded. It was slow-going and too much drama for me. I could have just read pp. 236-275 and been done with it. I felt this book was unrelatable, most likely because I do not have small children. I thought the description of it including an Instagram influencer and the consequences of posting online would be excitable enough for a story, but I was mistaken. Perhaps someone with small children would find it more relatable and scary than I did, but I will not be recommending this book to anyone.

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