Do you ever worry about how much of yourself you put out there on social media? In Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth, influencer Violet Young should probably been a lot more careful about what she shared!
Her vlog and Instagram followers are dismayed when all Violet’s socials are deleted overnight with no explanation. The GoMama message boards are rife with speculation about what’s happened to her, some suspecting foul play. Single mum Lily, one of Violet’s loyal fans, is determined to find out the truth and is prepared to go to great lengths to do so. The narrative alternates between Lily’s point of view and that of Yvonne, a woman struggling with fertility issues who also seems disproportionately interested in Violet and her family. There are occasional chapters from Violet’s husband, Henry, through which we start to build up a slightly truer picture of the Young’s not-so-perfect family life.
This is a tense and sinister thriller, which I found to be a quick, page-turning read. It got me thinking about privacy and internet safety since it was so terrifying how much Lily was able to find out about Violet just through trawling through her photos and videos. But also I’d never really considered the fact that anyone could be so obsessed with influencers that they would so comprehensively stalk them! I guess that shows my age 😂
There were plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing but I have to say that I was a touch disappointed by the ending. Perhaps I was expecting a bit more drama than I got. I would also say that if you’re distressed by stories of baby loss and infertility then give this one a miss, as there are some particularly upsetting scenes and descriptions.
If those things don’t put you off, it’s a compelling book, which is definitely worth a read. It’s published by Quercus and is available in ebook now and in paperback on the 15th October. The publisher gifted me a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.