April 29, 2021

The Influencer

The Influencer

by Miranda Rijks

Published April 25, 2021
by Inkubator Books

Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Synopsis

She is worshiped by millions. But she has a secret…

Adored by her legions of followers, social media megastar Skye is an inspiration. Once homeless, she is now fantastically wealthy, enormously powerful. A ‘like’ from Skye can literally change your life.

So when she suggests partnering with Nathan’s charity for the homeless, he thinks it’s a match made in heaven. With Skye’s backing, who knows what he can achieve? And no-one is more excited than Nathan’s teenage daughters, both massive fans of the star.

But Skye’s influence comes at a price. Yes, funds are pouring into Nathan’s charity, but she is a smothering presence, seemingly determined to insert herself into every nook and cranny of his family life.

Nathan’s daughters are thrilled to have so much up close and personal contact with a superstar. But he worries about Skye’s growing influence on them… And is it just a coincidence that ever since she’s been around, his personal life is disintegrating?

As things spiral out of control, Nathan begins to wonder what Skye really wants from him and his daughters. The answer is more terrifying than he could ever imagine…

My Review

Oh, Miranda, you’ve done it again! Another great read with some really dark turnings!

Poor Nathan is clueless when it comes to social media, so he really doesn’t know how to respond to influencer Skye’s overtures. While his fiancé is convinced, she has her sights set on him romantically, Nathan naively defends her as just being very passionate about his charity, Sacha’s Sanctuary, a haven for people experiencing homelessness. How far will he go to protect his family and his passion for his charity?

While some reviewers were critical of the early hints at the backstory because you can figure out the twist early on, the author’s real skill is the development of Skye’s personality as she skillfully draws out Skye’s manipulative personality. The reader has a front row seat as Skye “plays the game” of being philanthropic while truly only concerned about image. Everything she does is for a reason. The descriptions of endorsement fakery will have you questioning every social media campaign you’ve ever seen.

And can we talk about that ending? It was perfect, and I just wanted to reach in and shake Nathan’s daughter and every teen who comes under the spell of social media.

Thanks to NetGalley and Inkubator books for an advance reader’s copy for review.


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