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People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd

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Book Summary

Followed by Millions, Watched by One

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. . . .


Condition: New

Hardcover, Published January 12, 2021 by Harper

ISBN: 9780062997395


3 reviews for People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd

  1. KC

    Going into this one I saw some mixed reviews, if you go into this one expecting literary fiction with suspense and a high level of creepiness I think you will enjoy it. This one did a great job of keeping my attention, and I kept going to find out what was going to happen. I enjoyed the Epilogue for the additional creep factor. And I def recommend it!

    Interesting fact, @ellerylloyd_author is a husband and wife team!

  2. Elysse

    I’ve been waiting for a book about an influencer getting stalked! This is a great pick for bookstagrammers… it makes you think twice about how much you put out there about yourself! I do think that this story was sub-par, I think it could’ve been done better and was much more emotional and far less thrilling because of that. But, it was still a GOOD read. If you’re interested in how social media can corrupt even the best of us – this one is for you!

  3. Gillian

    Perfectly summed up by its tagline “Followed by millions, watched by one”, People Like Her introduces Insta-mum Emmy, successful monetiser of a carefully constructed social media façade. As @Mamabare, every aspect of life as a mum of two is memorialised on her profile’s little squares, despite husband Dan’s ever-present unease. Whilst a loyal core following can be relied upon to lap up every word, hashtag and sponsored post, trolls and naysayers lurk in abundance, poised to pounce in an instant. Emmy remains unconcerned, faceless critics and their envious discontentment a gauntlet run by every influencer. It’s water off a duck’s back…besides…nobody would ever really hurt her…..would they?

    People Like Her is a wonderful debut by husband and wife duo Paul Vlitos and Collette Lyons, their writing styles so harmonised that you would never know there was more than one contributor. Told from three perspectives, those of Emmy, Dan and an unknown participant with malicious intent, there is plenty to keep the reader guessing as the story unfolds. Emmy certainly has more than a pinch of unfavourable traits, her lack of remorse for wrongdoing galling as she debates what media spin can be played. I grimaced particularly at her pre-emptive ‘candid’ photo banking with clear intention to dupe her followers for sympathy at future dates. It’s impossible not to feel an element of pity for Dan as his views and concern about the welfare of his children are continually pushed aside by headstrong Emmy and her agent, and I rolled my eyes along with him as he described the ever growing proportion of fabrication seeping into their family life. So engrossed was I in this story that I almost forgot the events foreshadowed in the prologue until they transpired across the later pages, the heartbreak driving the third narrator palpable as their backstory surfaced for air. This tale is no frivolous romp and deals with some heavy subject matter at its core, serving as a warning as to how much influence we each should and could have and a reminder that in the current day and age there is simply no such thing as “no-filter”.

    Content warnings: Pregnancy loss, SIDS

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