People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd – Book Review

January 5, 2021 in Mystery & Thriller
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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


Publisher:
Mantle
Date of Publication: 21st January 2021
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Format: eBook (266 pages)
Rating: ★★★★

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Followed by millions. Hunted by one.

THE INFLUENCER
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.

THE HUSBAND
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.

THE FOLLOWER
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.

 

Content Warnings

Infant death (SIDS)
miscarriage
stalking
abduction
involuntary drug use
attempted murder of adult and child
suicide
grief
harassment
abortion
child injury and neglect
alcoholism/alcoholic parent
discussion of menstruation

 

My Review

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!


Highlights

  • 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.

12 Comments

  • Kelly Diane January 5, 2021 at 8:34 am

    This sounds like an interesting book. You’ve written a great review, although its a shame that you couldn’t connect with the characters. I must admit that my anxiety can’t usually take reading thrillers, but I know I couple of friends would enjoy reading this book, so I will suggest it to them instead.

    • Hayley January 5, 2021 at 11:53 am

      I should probably stop reading thrillers myself to be honest. My anxiety gets so bad that I start compulsively chewing and suffer from low days afterwards. But they’re just so compelling to read that I love them!

      Thanks for suggesting to your friends! 🙂

  • Hannah Kaye January 5, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Wow! Another book that I haven’t heard of yet but really want to get my hands on. I love the idea of a thriller that dives into the influencer industry so thank you for sharing. I’ll be keeping an eye out for this!

    • Hayley January 5, 2021 at 12:33 pm

      Thanks Hannah, hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  • Eleanor Jones January 5, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Oh dear, I hate it when thrillers become too dark, and sometimes it can be hard for authors to tread the line between interesting, and dark. I’m glad you provided this review though, thank you for sharing x

    • Hayley January 5, 2021 at 12:41 pm

      I agree! Luckily this one went dark very close to the end so I was already invested. If the dark intentions had been clear earlier on I might have had to walk away!

  • Antonia January 6, 2021 at 9:16 am

    Such an interesting book! I must say that I never heard about it before. This is usually not type the type of book I reach for but I’m trying to expand to different genres so I might give this one a go.

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

    • Hayley January 6, 2021 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks Antonio, I hope you enjoy both the book and your adventures into other genres! 🙂

  • Lisa Alioto January 6, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    THe cover does it for me – enticing! Great review!

    • Hayley January 6, 2021 at 5:31 pm

      It is a fantastic cover, right? Thanks Lisa!

  • Cristina Rosano January 6, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    I am not a huge fan of thrillers, but I am trying to widen my reading horizons and the blurb of this book sounds great! Thanks for sharing x

    • Hayley January 6, 2021 at 5:23 pm

      Ooh that’s exciting! Thanks Cristina, I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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