January 13, 2021

People Like Her

People Like Her

by Ellery Lloyd

Published January 12, 2021

by Harper Books

Rating: 5 Stars

A razor-sharp, wickedly smart suspense debut about an ambitious influencer mom whose soaring success threatens her marriage, her morals, and her family’s safety.

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. . . .

Our Thoughts:

What did you love about People Like her?

Stephanie: The writing is so great and I was all nestled in thinking I knew exactly where it was all going when my hand flew to my mouth in shock! The twists and jaw-droppers just kept coming from that moment on!

Chelsey: I could not flip the pages fast enough. I was completely absorbed by the stories of Emmy, Dan, and the mystery narrator and love that they each told their stories from their own perspectives. The story took turns I wasn’t expecting which I also absolutely loved.

As bloggers, what thoughts did you have as you read about an Instagram influencer?

Chelsey: Though the novel on the whole was dark, much of the story was fun and wildly entertaining. As a humble #bookstagrammer trying to make my mark in an impressive community, I was absolutely fascinated by the workings of a full time, professional influencer. I know how much time and effort goes into my small page and I just can’t imagine what goes into getting and keeping that many followers.

I also loved how “real” the story felt. It was a totally plausible concept and the build up and execution all worked perfectly. Even though Emmy and Dan took every precaution, they were still exposing themselves to millions of strangers, making themselves and their children vulnerable and exposed. I thought much of the backlash and effects of being instafamous were well addressed and also well researched.

Stephanie: Y’all. I will never look at an Instagram influencer page the same way again. Wow! Wow! Wow! So many thoughts in my head! First, I absolutely loved the first person perspective from Emmy, Dan, and the creepy stalker. I really like that the authors are a husband and wife team and enjoyed reading alternating chapters. It’s so cringe-y to read about how planned out the influencer thing is because I see a zillion of those kinds of accounts on Instagram myself as a wife and mom scrolling through my feed. Even still, I totally understand trying to get just the right photo for each post to try and connect with followers.

Final thoughts?

Chelsey: This is one that can’t be missed and I wholeheartedly recommend!

Stephanie: People Like Her is absolutely unputdownable and I can’t recommend it highly enough! Definite 5 stars from me!!!

Our reviewers would also like to thank Harper Books via NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this excellent novel.