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Unfollow Me

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In this drama with very few little splashes of thriller we are trying to find out what happened to Violet, a famous Youtuber that makes vlogs about family and  having kids. 

However the story does not follow her at all. The story follows 2 big fans of Violet and her husband. We start to get to know them and find out what happened to them and how they started following Violet in social media and their connection to her.

Unfortunately instead of being a thrilling story about Violet and what happened to her, this was just more of a drama exploring different characters that have had big traumas in the past and are having trouble to leave it behind.

I would honestly not consider this a thriller and even though the different stories were interesting and it was a nice quick read, I was expecting a bit more mystery and also some parts about sexual assault were not handled that well in my opinion and that ended up bothering me as well.
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I loved this story! I was hooked from page one. I liked that the author included emails, messages to followers and forum discussions because it made the story more layered. I was kept guessing throughout the novel which made it even more enjoyable. This was my first book by the author and it won't be my last.
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This psychological thriller hit the spot! It was very cleverly set up and the reveals and buildup were steady. I loved how timely and relevant this story was, dealing with influencers and social media. It was well- written and had a cast of completely intriguing characters.
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"This channel does not exist."

Social media influencer Violet Young has seemed to disappear. All of her social media platforms have been deleted. Surely she would have told her followers if she was planning to take a break. Two of her biggest followers are determined to find out what has happened to her. They reveal secrets that Violet has never shared despite having a very public life. What has happened to Violet?

Social media is everywhere which makes this book very relevant with today's society. The storyline was realistic. It shows the true addiction that social media has become. It is a great read if you are into social media and the way it affects us.
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Where's Violet? THat's what Ellie and Yvonne are trying to find out in this topical and twisty thriller. Violet is an extremely popular vlogger. She's got the perfect life, or so her wide audience thinks. We know better, though, and as Ellie and Yvonne start to investigate, little then big secrets and lies pop out. It's told from the perspectives of Ellie and Yvonne- a nice way to keep you guessing. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A well done page turner.
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Violet is an "influencer".  Yeah, one of those.  If you've ever wondered what kind of people follow these "influencers" then this is the book for you.  Violet closes down her social media one night and her followers lose their minds.  Some more than others.  We get to see the reaction of two of those followers, Lila and Yvonne.  

The entire book feels very disconnected.  Maybe that's the point.  This kind of "connections" is pretty remote. People aren't as close as they think they are and they don't really know each other.  Even the connections seem disconnected.  The ending that brings it all together doesn't do much to change that.  Is that on purpose?  I guess I won't know.
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This was a clever book that was fitting for our time in history.  When people's connections to online "personalities" lead them to feeling not only intimate in their knowledge of the people, but also making them feel like they have a right to information above and beyond what the "personality"/influencer wants to share.  It's a slippery slope to let people into your curated life, and to share what is public and keep a tight grasp on what is private.  

I was reading this book while I was watching an internet influencer I've followed for a few years succumb to her fight with cancer.  As I wanted information about how she was doing, and I'd go back to reading my book I felt like I was actually living as a character in the book.  I absolutely understood how the characters came to feel a connection and a friendship/love with Violet.  I was doing the same with this influencer. I'd feel condemning feelings toward the women in the book - frustrated that they would feel entitled to knowing details about Violet's life, but I was then searching for my own information about the influencer I followed "in real life". It made me sit back and reflect on how internet influencers affect our lives, our real friendships, and our grasp on reality.

An interesting beach read, but made me think a bit more than I had expected. 

(I receive an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for my honest review of the book)
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This was a juicy tale but also a timely one. Proof that "influencers" only allow us to see what they want us to see, and proof that everyone has a secret. I read this one quickly, curious to see what the truth was. And I wasn't disappointed. I thought the story was believable and also slightly terrifying. I was equally invested in all three stories, and I enjoyed each flawed main character. I despised Henry so much he almost ruined the book for me, to be honest. 3.5 stars.
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Wow. An absolutely riveting read. I read this so quickly as the story just gripped me.
Violet and Henry are the perfect couple with their three beautiful daughters. There life is documented online. She has a massive You tube following. Instagram etc. Everything is put out there in the media. Then suddenly she’s gone. Every link on line is gone. No trace. What could ever have happened to make her delete all her account. 
What happens next is two women’s stories and how they link to violet.
A great page turner and a fabulous read. Well done Charlotte Duckworth 
#unfollowme #charlotteduckwork # Netgalley
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A social media influencer disappears and two of her followers can't seem to let it go. Instead, they jeopardize their jobs and relationships to try and find out what happened. As the story unfolds the reader finds out that there is more to the followers and their intentions than just wondering about their missing "friend." The book provided a very realistic look at how vested people become in personalities (or "brands") created through social media. I chuckled several times when the differences between an internet post and reality were highlighted. Another bonus was that I hadn't expect Yvonne and Lily's personal stories to become so prominent but I really liked it! Grab for a great beach read or even rainy day read (assuming we get some rain).
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Now this one was excellent and creepy at the same time! I seriously think y’all will love this one. It was suspenseful and a thriller at the same time.
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Violet is a YouTube phenomenon will millions of followers until bizarrely one evening she closes down all her social media accounts with no explanation.  The story then follows the lives of Lily and Yvonne, fanatics of Violet. They try to discover what has happened to her whilst trying to live their lives without her. 
I was hooked less than a chapter in.  What a clever plot that just pleasantly ticks along and reveals the character’s secrets and lives but all comes together cleverly at the end and not how you expect.
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This is a twisted tale of a British internet blogger that posts videos of her family on social media every day.  She has a huge following but suddenly she disappears from the internet and all her followers are anxious to find out why.  There are some startling developments throughout and it is the perfect suspense story without a lot of dead bodies lying around. The story is told from the point of view of the blogger and her husband and two of her avid followers.

I highly recommend this book if you want something slightly different but still intriguing.  

I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from NetGalley.  All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
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Overall I really enjoyed this book. The multiple viewpoints really added to the story and kept you wanting more. It was a little slow at the beginning, but once I got all of the characters straight  I flew through it. It will keep you guessing until the very end.  Looking forward to reading more from Charlotte Duckworth.
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Violet is a popular social media influencer and "mom" vlogger with over a million followers. When all of her social media accounts are suddenly deleted, fans start to question what happened. Some think Violet simply decided to quit it all, while others believe something more sinister has happened.

Told from multiple points of view - Lily, Yvonne, and Henry. Lily and Yvonne are fans that have unhealthy obsessions with Violet. Henry is Violet's husband. Everyone has secrets.

A witty psychological thriller. Unreliable narrators in a story about social media and obsession. Clever, engaging, and highly entertaining.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth is a topical mystery that is quite intriguing.

  Violet Young is an über popular influencer with a massive following on social media. She splashes her three young daughters and husband Henry Blake on YouTube and Instagram and her down to earth stories resonate deeply with her followers. So when  Violet’s social media channels inexplicitly disappear without notice or explanation, her fans are concerned. As days pass without any word, rumors begin to swirl and her followers are wondering: Where is Violet?

  Yvonne Hawley is one of Violet’s fans who is also quite worried about the popular vloger.  But Yvonne is also dealing with worries of her own as she and her husband Simon struggle with infertility.  Having failed to achieve a pregnancy with their three NHS funded IVF treatments, they are hoping to save enough money to continue on their own.  But there is more to Yvonne’s obsession with Violet’s possible disappearance and Henry than fears for the influencer’s safety. Does Yvonne know more about what happened to Violet than she is revealing?

  Lily Peters is also quite obsessed with Violet and she is desperate to uncover the reason for her sudden disappearance. Lily is a single mum who is barely making enough money to support herself and her three year old son Archie. She is overwhelmed and her nightly wine habit leads to some regretful decisions while under the influence. Lily becomes quite determined to discover what happened to Violet and her behavior is borderline stalkerish.  Is it possible Lily has information that could explain Violet’s sudden withdrawal from the public eye?

  By all appearances, Violet and Henry are happily married and devoted to each other and their children. Violet is honest about her parenting struggles and she does not shy away from revealing embarrassing information about herself. Could someone who does not hesitate to share virtually every aspect of her life to the public harbor secrets which might explain her disappearance?

  Unfolding from three distinct points of view, Unfollow Me is a suspenseful mystery with a clever storyline.  Lily and Yvonne are interesting characters that are complex and multi-layered. The plot is engaging and the tension grows with every chapter. The story is engrossing and fully explores the pitfalls of social media. Charlotte Duckworth brings the novel to an unexpected conclusion that is impossible to predict. I completely enjoyed and recommend this domestic mystery to fans of the genre.
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Unfollow Me by Charlotte Ducksworth is an easy-to-read, intriguing and thought-provoking commentary on the current social media obsession. It’s billed as a domestic thriller, but I think that’s inaccurate. It is part mystery and a small part thriller, but if you’re expecting a typical suspense novel, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed. 

The story centers around Violet Young, an extremely popular YouTube influencer who features her family and lifestyle in her blogs, but zeros in on the adventures of motherhood and particularly post-partum struggles. We are given the points of view of two followers, Yvonne and Lily who are obsessed with Violet-is-Blue, and require a daily hit of her videos and Instagram posts in their lives. It’s an addiction, and a common one. When Violet suddenly deletes her accounts and goes missing, her fans are in a panic and news of her absence goes viral.  

This novel examines not only the mystery of her disappearance, but also the affect her channel and influence has had on these two particular ladies. Unfollow Me explores the obsession we all have with influencers and social media and the far-reaching implications. I do think this story began to drag in the middle and lose its momentum, and it ended rather quietly, in my opinion, without a shocking reveal or big bang, which is okay. It is definitely a worthwhile and interesting read, and carries important topics to ponder.
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The title isn't representative of the actual book, which may confuse readers.  Having said that... there are three voices we hear from, Yvonne, Lily and Henry, rotating through as the mystery of mommy influencer Violet's complete disappearance from her social media feeds unfolds.  Readers of the this genre will know that things are not going to be as easy to figure out as might be in a mystery book, and there are going to be unreliable narrators and facts.  Without spoilers, I can say that I was able to identify who early on - there is one twist surrounding Violet's disappearance that I did not see coming.  And, as with the best of these books, there's a sense that this could actually happen.

eARC provided by publisher.
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This story follows a hugely popular mommy YouTuber named Violet Young, who has over a million subscribers who faithfully watch her daily vlogs about her life and family.  But one day, she completely disappears from the online world.  Overnight, Violet has taken down her YouTube, Twitter, Instagram accounts — it’s as though she’s never existed.  

What’s interesting about this story is that it’s told from the point of view of two of her most avid fans as they investigate Violet’s disappearance and try to figure out what happened to her.  They are pretty much in a panicked frenzy as they scramble to determine why Violet shut down all her social media accounts.  

First, there’s Lily, who is living alone with her three-year-old son Archie and Yvonne, a 40-year-old married woman who is desperately trying to get pregnant.  The story is told from alternating timelines between Yvonne and Lily and later on in the story, from Violet’s husband, Henry.

What follows is quite a fast-paced narrative as Violet’s story begins to unfold from alternating perspectives with some surprising twists in the process.  This is one of those stories where none of the characters are what they seem, which is one of my favorite types of tropes.  Thus, it’s up to the reader to determine who is lying and what is real, which is no easy task. It’s also worth mentioning that most of the characters are mostly unlikeable, which added an extra exciting element to the story.

The book dealt with a variety of themes such as obsession, celebrity worship, lying, loss, jealousy, grief, Internet trolls, online stalkers, online influencers, privacy, and, of course, social media addiction.  What especially intrigued me about this story, however, is that it’s not really so far-fetched as I see this type of thing all the time online.  

This story about a mommy vlogger sucked me right in, and before I knew it, I was as obsessed as Violet’s fans about finding out what happened to her.  I also enjoyed how the story illustrated how the lives that people portray online might not be actual fact, and in the case of this story, everyone involved seemed to have their share of dark secrets.   It also makes you question the information we share about ourselves online and how the trolls we encounter on Social Media may not be as harmless as we think.

I’ve discovered that I really enjoy stories about the world of social media, and this one did not disappoint.  Unfollow Me is a multi-layered creepy psychological thriller with dark undertones and a fun mystery to solve, which rendered it truly unputdownable for me.  I love the types of stories where you can’t trust anyone, and that was definitely the case here, and the web that the author created was exceptionally intricate.  I also thought that the ending was satisfying, as was the fun epilogue.  

I thought Unfollow Me was brilliantly paced, well-constructed, emotionally intense, and flawlessly executed.   All in all, this is a chilling and eye-opening book about the impact that Social Media influencers have on the lives of others, and I loved it.
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I really enjoyed this story. I like the whole mommy b/vlogger character but after reading a couple like this I can see where it will eventually get old, like anything else. Unlike some others this one was very believable and easy to get sucked into. What was really enjoyable was the ending.  There was an effective resolution. No huge, unbelievable twisty conclusion that made you go hmmmm. I love a good twist but with so much of the story being low-key enthralling, a big finish would have been wonky. Thank you to Quercus/Netgalley for the ARC.  I will look for more from this author!
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