Unfollow Me

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 10 Feb 2020

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I liked this book a whole lot and read it in just a few hours. It keeps a great pace and is really interesting. If you love a good family-centric mystery, you’ll dig this one!
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OH dear me. I just could not finish this book. The wording had to be looked up, it made no sense, and I just felt like it was far too much work to finish. Yikes. 

Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy to review.
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I appreciate the opportunity to give this book a chance, but I just can’t take the back and forth between Lily and Yvonne. Somehow it’s bordering on annoying. I’m also waiting desperately for something to happen and I guess I’ve just run out of patience. A good description of this book would be slow-build.  I might be alone in my feeling about this one, others seem to really like it, but I’m just not into it.
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This book was fast paced. Hard to put down. It flowed well and it was very well written. It caught hold of me and had me hooked from the start . I was literally on the edge of my seat reading this book.
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I really enjoyed this book,  a new author whose style of writing kept me gripped, I was reading whilst cooking. An interesting story line that covered a topic I knew very little about but I now realise how people can become addicted to other people’s lives. Lots of twists and turns and some very unexpected parts!
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I really enjoyed this book, it was easy to read and follow and one of those books you can just whizz through, very well written.

The story is told from several narratives, which I particularly enjoyed as you got to know the characters and their backgrounds well. The story focuses around a ‘mummy influencer’ called Violet whose life is in the spotlight along with her husband and children.
Bring in characters Lily (lonely and single mother) and  Yvonne (with a dark past and pregnant), both who follow and are maybe to some extinct obsessed with Violet, both for their own reasons. 

The book slowly unravels how both Lily and Yvonne are drawn into the world of Violet and both have their own agendas when Violet suddenly disappears offline with all of her accounts overnight!

Really good read and good how it explores modern themes such as influences and the impact of social media.
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I enjoyed this book. It's well written and was easy to binge on.

It felt like a guilty pleasure reading it, almost like snooping in someone's diary.

I did find it hard to follow in places simply because the story is narrated from different viewpoints but I think it is a book that would be even better on a second reading. 

The social media angle gives the book a topical and relevant edge.  I think this book would be a good choice for a book group as I think it would divide opinion and give rise for plenty of debate.

I wasn't disappointed with the ending. It does come together nicely and it's clever how it works out.  You almost want to curse the author for saying "you got me"!

Thank you to NetGalley,  the author and publishers for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Violet Young is a social media celebrity. She started her vlog Violet is Blue to bring awareness to post natal depression which she suffered from after the birth of her children. Every brand wants her sponsorship and she even has a book coming out soon. Mother's everywhere log in each week when she updates to see what is up with her three beautiful children, her handsome husband and their beautiful home. Violet is someone you can really look up to. She is the aspiration of mommies everywhere until she takes down all of her social media accounts. What happened to Violet? Rumors surface of a loud argument, an ambulance coming to their home and even old allegations of domestic abuse against Violet's husband.....

The story is alternately narrated by two very different women who are regular viewers of Violet's blog for very different reasons.

I really enjoyed the way the story was revealed layer by layer like peeling an onion. Each character had their secrets and none were what they first appeared, even Violet.
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Violet is a very popular mummy vlogger on the internet. She's known for posting the ins and outs of her family life until one day the updates just stop. This novel is written from the perspective of different people who know Violet through her online persona and explores the mystery of her 'disappearance'. It's a fairly light and enjoyable read. I didn't find it overly gripping but it did hold my attention somewhat throughout.
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I really didn't think a mystery about a mommy vlogger would hold my interest, but was pleasantly surprised by Unfollow Me. The mystery, as much as anything, was about what the mystery was, which I found refreshing and at least somewhat compelling.
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Thank you NetGAlley for this advanced copy. I love Charlotte Duckwork. I recently read her other book and was super excited to get this one as well. She tells stories in such a way that you are sure you have figured out all the connections, just to find you are wrong. The suspense is good. The ending was amazing! Can't wait for more by her.
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A realistic look at influencers, parent blogs, and mommy wars. It is unusual that I enjoy a book so much when I don’t really like any of its characters, but their stories were so compelling that I could not put it down. I’ll be handing this one to all of my parent friends!
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I really enjoyed this book and binged through it in 2 days.  It's a well written book on a very interesting and timely subject - how much do we share of our lives on social media and how does it affect those who follow it?  I must say that I didn't find myself rooting for any of the characters, per se, they all seemed to have issues that didn't evoke much empathy at times, but overall I found the book quite enjoyable and would definitely recommend it!  Thank you Crooked Lane Books for the ARC!
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Thank you Netgalley for this ARC of Unfollow me by Charlotte Duckworth.

Violet is a popular mommy vlogger who one day has mysteriously deleted every single one of her social media outlets.  This is to the utter dismay and desperation of her loyal followers, not least Lily and Yvonne, who this story is primarily told through.  Why the cryptic ghosting?  Why isn't her husband saying anything?  Did he do something to Violet?  Has she been scared off by a stalker?  The vlogosphere is desperate to know.

I ate this up like a bowl of Lucky Charms.  It smacked a lot of a Liane Moriarty, and I had so much fun with it.  I thought it unfolded at a good pace, the back stories were good, the interwoven relationships were interesting.  So fun, I highly recommend for a light beachy read.
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Unfollow me is a compelling, addictive and carefully crafted mystery. I was completely gripped from the first chapter and couldn't put it down. Between feeds and naps, I devoured this domestic drama in 2 days (it's been marketed as a thriller... but I disagree). It's an intriguing story that explores the negative influence social media has over our lives. I loved the characters, especially Yvonne (she has some great one-liners) and felt invested in each story-line and how they'd connect in the end. The big 'reveal' was impeccable and I did NOT see it coming. For fans of Liane Moriarty and Lisa Jewell! This one is out August 22nd :).
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What an interesting and impressive read. I honestly could not put it down - the author did an amazing job of keeping the reader invested in the characters and the subject matter. The two main characters were flawed but you felt for them, and the twists that were revealed for each of them felt realistic and not overly dramatic, as so many of these types of books often are. You could understand who Lily was as a person and why she is so invested in Violet and has done the things she's done. The same with Yvonne, who is still coming to grips with her past while trying to move forward and make a future with her husband. I was so impressed with how both of these characters were handled and treated as real people.

The social media aspect was both timely and dealt with extremely well, displaying with the impact of influencers, addiction, trolling, stalking, lying, etc. without coming across as preaching either for or against documenting/following someone's life online. I wish we had gotten a bit more from the point of view of Violet herself - she felt like a bit of enigma to me, and if she was truly as sweet as everyone described, I had trouble imagining what she saw in Henry (who, despite his disgusting thoughts, also was sadly realistic).

Overall, this book was extremely enjoyable and I hope to see more of this style of novel, one that keeps the reader invested in the characters as much as the mystery.
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Social media dominates so much of free time in today’s world. Just who are these people who construct vlogs showing their perfect lives? And who are those other people, the watchers who follow them, sometimes obsessively? Here is Violet, a mommy vlogger with her perfect family - Henry, the handsome magazine writer with perfect hair and humor, the three gorgeous and well dressed young daughters and the lovely house, decorated with sponsored products. And the watchers? Jane, a single mother raising a son and living paycheck to paycheck, and Yvonne, a photographer in a new marriage who is dealing with infertility. As this psychological thriller begins, Violet has suddenly shut down her social media accounts. Jane and Yvonne begin searches to discover why. As the lives of these characters intersect, deep secrets and tragedies are revealed. Charlotte Duckworth delivers not only well drawn characters and a fast moving story but a warning about social media preoccupations.

Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane books for this ARC.
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I’m extremely sorry but.....I CANNOT waste anymore time on this book!  IMO, it’s just stupid. 
The “plot”, if you can call it that, is a bunch of moms, mostly on the poor side or trying to conceive, are all into this 1 social media “mom star” named Violet. She’s gone off the grid on all her social media sites & these lunatic, psychopathic moms are now trying to investigate where she is, what happened to her......I DON’T CARE! Not enough to finish this book, that’s for sure! I dont care if she’s in mommy time out, jail, dead, sick....NOTHING. Nothing about this book excites me, therefore I’m abandoning it at 45%. Which, BTW, is way more than I usually will read for what I consider a bad story. SORRY, just not into the psycho mommy scene!

Other part is...it’s written, on m guessing, by a British writer. Now, by no means does that make it bad, since I’ve read many other British written books....& totally understood them! However, this is British that at many times, I must look up the term for what is written because I can’t even get close to figuring it out, even by reading the sentence

IMO, I would NOT recommend this book! Thought it would be something much different than I signed up to read. Perhaps if you’re a British mommy or mommy to be, you’ll appreciate this book....I didn’t!
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"The sound of my husband slapping his hands against his thighs in time to "We Built This City" makes me want to crash the car and kill us both." 

Yvonne's hilarity in this book is EVERYTHING. At one point she calls some women is a mommy's chat group The Breastapo, and I lost it again.

The story itself absorbed me utterly. I HAD to figure out what was going on but the one-liner gifts along the way added so much levity to this thriller that it was the perfect read for me.

Thank you Charlotte Duckworth, Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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This was an exciting book to read! I couldn’t put It down for a second until I finished reading it.  Knowing the addictive effect social media has on the world, this book really put every day life into perspective. The story wove such a wonderful web of intrigue and honesty about the dangers of social media. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has even an ounce of a social media fear.  It really changed my opinion of what should be shared and what should be treasured and protected from online lurkers. Awesome read!
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