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Something that kind of highlights the dangers that a lot of people face online now. As a kid, I didn't really think of these things, and then when I read these books I freak out and wonder what would've happened if I met people like this.
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I received an ARC copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion of it. I think the idea of this book would be perfect in today's world but too drawn out and could not finish.
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Click is a good and interesting story for the digital age. There were enjoyable parts but there was a lot of irrelevant information and I got bored at times. It wasn’t the edge of seat psychological thriller I thought it would be, but all in all it was a good read. I would like to thank Netgalley, the publisher and the author for providing me with an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion of this book.
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*thank you to Netgalley, L. Smyth, Harper Impulse and Killer Reads for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*


2 stars

This was barely just OK. I kept drifting while reading it and I wanted to like it. It had a pretty good sypnosis so it had potential. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. It got a bit boring at times.
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I find the concept of the use of social media as a creep factor quite interesting in my reads. Not only do we hear so many terrible stories from others, but we can see ourselves how the possibilities are endless with technology that grants you anonymity. It’s a different kind of scary world.

Having said all that, my main reason for picking up this story was the social media angle. The obsession and stalking that can be done by just about anyone. Our lives are open for anyone to see, as much as we allow it maybe, but what seems harmless can turn around and hurt you in a way you couldn’t have imagined in the first place.

The story, having all these issues about social media at its core, sounded very intriguing to me. A young woman, an unreliable character that’s the common ground for almost all psychological thrillers, tells us a story that starts off as her relationship with a classmate. We take off from there and go through the turbulence friendship they shared, the different opinions they had, touching relationships with others and the use of social media inbetween. While I admit, I had difficulty connecting with the story and the characters in general, I still have to give credit to the author for making me interested till the end. Because this was a bit of a slow burn. It dragged a bit. I wasn’t fully engaged at first but still wanted to know just what the hell was going to happen. But then again, I have patience like that. If you want a fully engaging, quite fast read for a psychological thriller, then this is probably not the book for you. But if you’re interested in the way a story evolves, a somewhat criticism to the power of social media over individuals, then you might want to stick around and give this one a chance. I was still left with questions, holes to be filled, yes, and it wasn’t satisfactory or gripping in a mystery/thriller meaning, but it was a book that came as close to reality as a psychological thriller could—or any story that involved the things this one did for that matter.
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Thank you Netgalley for my copy of Click by L. Smyth.

Click is a very interesting, slow burner of a read about the scarier side of the online world and social media. How we can sometimes be tempted to seek validation from others online which is totally damaging and unnecessary. I really like this Catfish theme because the internet is a playground for nutters and weirdos. We read about Eva who spends a crazy amount of time looking at the lives of others rather than live herself. Eva is socially immature as she has been homeschooled and has not interacted with others in what I would call a normal environment. I really enjoyed the way the author creates suspense and unease in this book. Another great choice for book clubs as it provokes a lot of conversation and discussion about what we share online and to who, if our online persona is a true reflection of yourself and of course if all this sharing is necessary at all.
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This was a really great read that kept me wondering and guessing right until the very last page.  Would highly recommend!
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A very quick read and interesting overall but unfortunately it lacked a lot for me regarding unveiling the layers of a thriller or suspense with more substance. 
This book brings awareness of the social media interaction and how this changes our life in better but mostly in a bad way as obsessive behaviour can be found early in persons affected by it. 
Enjoyable at times, good writing and interesting overall but lacks in mystery for me. 


Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my review copy.
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When Eva starts University she doesn’t expect to become completely and utterly addicted and obsessed with another university student. Sadly for Eva that’s just the type of personality she has and it was clearly going to happen as she stalked everyone on social media  before even starting her courses. Marina is everything she wants to be an more and when Eva feels Marina is rejecting her friendship thinks start to get peculiar and Eva gets herself into a whole she can’t get out of.

I found the chapters incredibly long and didn’t build much suspense. It was an enjoyable story plot but it lacked that extra detail to have me on the edge of my seat.
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This novel should be classified more as a psychological drama rather than a thriller though it did contain mystery and enough secrets, lies and subterfuge to qualify as suspense.

If you read the blurb, you might think that this is going to be about the dangers of social media and the Internet. That's not really true as I'd say that the story here is more about obsession and a character in an environment that created mental instability. Eva leaves her rural home for Northam, a tiny elite university, after being homeschooled and finds campus life to be most unsettling to her sanity. Unfortunately for Eva, she becomes addicted to checking her Facebook account and latches on to a girl named Marina Bede. She stalks Marina and eventually manages to meet and befriend her while simultaneously experiences both love and hate of the girl. Caught up in a whirlwind of on and off again friendship with Marina, Eva loses her grip and becomes somewhat lost. This is obviously a toxic relationship that can't help but end badly. NO SPOILERS.

I have some mixed reaction to this book. At times it felt very slow and tedious and at others, I became caught up in the revelations and quite anxious about what was happening. My main issue is that, even now after finishing over a couple of hours, I am still not sure that I totally understand what was real and what was all in Eva's mind. The book touches on the topics of voyeurism and up-skirting as well as on the stress experienced by the young away from home at university. Yes, it does talk about the permanence of words, photos, images, etc. on social media platforms and the craziness of being a trend when complete strangers dissect and analyze your life, pronouncing judgment. Definitely a scary world out there and caution is a must. Overall I enjoyed this book but the writing style and shifting narrative made it much more confusing than a straightforward movement would have been. I never really identified with Eva nor did I understand her but she definitely had my sympathy as she sure had a lot of issues and seemed a hot mess throughout. 

Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers for the e-book ARC to read and review.
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This book was great it had me hooked from the very first page. I started reading it and all of a sudden I was immersed in the story and I had to figure out what happened next. Our story starts out with our main character Eva going to a new school and feeling alone. Since she has nothing to do and no one to talk to she spends a lot of time online and starts to fall back into her old habits of watching others digitally instead of experiencing things herself. It isn't long until Eva comes across her classmate Marina's profile and decides to add it. That is when things take a turn for the worst and our story really takes off. This book had everything that a great thriller needs, compelling and interesting characters, a plot that grabs you, and not to be outdone at all but this
was also a presence that isn't talked about a lot in fiction, the digital world. With so many twists in this book you will want to clear your schedule and finish the whole thing in one sitting. I'm very glad that I got the chance to check out this book. The thing that I found the most interesting about this book was our main character was the "bad" one. She was the one causing all of the trouble. It's not something that I often see in novels.  There isn't much more I can say about this story without giving important information away, but this is one that must be read by all. It explores the many relative topics, that will be a part of our society for years to come. Great read it had me on the edge of my chair for the whole time. I'm very glad I got the chance to check this story out all of the twists and turns really made for an enjoyable read. This is one book that you will want to read again and again just to see if this time you pick up on the clues.
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This was a great thriller.

I really enjoyed reading this book.

Many books are deemed as thrillers, but this is a true thriller.

It was a fascinating book that gave insight to the world of social media and the online presence of some people.

It was fast paced and full of twists and I really enjoyed it.
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This sounded absolutely brilliant from the blurb, but it was difficult to get into and engage with the characters - something about the writing didn’t flow right for me. I’m going to give it another read at some point, but it didn’t grab my attention and I had to make myself finish it.
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I had Avery hard time getting into this book. Possibly I’m too old. When I was dating, there was no social media at all.i found it hard to relate. I do thank NetGalley and L Smith for the opportunity
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I honestly couldn’t get into the book. Maybe it was the self doubt in the character? I am not a big fan of doubt and really can’t respect characters that have it in spades.
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Based upon the synopsis and advertising, I was expecting a fast paced psychological thriller.  Click is more of a slow burning piece of suspense.  It's definitely a cautionary tale about the dangers of social media.  The main character held my interest despite her personal dysfunction and poor decisions.  The overall story seemed slow and I kept waiting for a big event or dramatic moment, which never materialized.  I was entertained but not riveted. 
I received my copy through NetGalley under no obligation.
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A book where you are never quite sure if Eva murdered Marina or if she’s just plain crazy or maybe Eva is perfectly sane. A very satisfying end to a slightly confusing storyline.
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I really liked it!  
So close to reality it's scary!  Social media = dark and dangerous place!
You never know who's behind the screen, people can be anyone, anything, tell you anything... because we all know that nobody ever lies online... 

Well written, interesting story, good suspense... 

Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Impulse and Killer Reads for allowing me access to this book.  This is my honest review.  All opinions are my own.
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Two and a half star rating.
Eva, a loner who has been homeschooled is now a student at university, something she didn’t seem prepared for.  She latches on to another student, Marina and also cyberstalks people she knows.  Eva is strange and Marina a cold fish.  This book, for me, never really got going sadly so I didn’t engage with anyone in it.  Thought from the blurb that it would be a thriller, but it wasn’t - disappointing.
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First, thanks so much for the opportunity to get an ARC of this book.  

I am marking this as DNF.  I have put it down and picked it up so many times, I just can't get in to the story.  Actually, I haven't even found the story yet.  

I will try again at a later date.
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