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"Beyond being a brilliant skewering of social media and influencer culture, People Like Her is, quite simply, a damn good thriller . . . With three unreliable narrators, the novel reads like Gone Girl on steroids in all the best ways."— Bookreporter.com

"Breathlessly fast, brilliantly original. Bravo, Ellery Lloyd!"—Clare Mackintosh, New York Times bestselling author of After the End

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. . . .

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"Breathlessly fast, brilliantly original. Bravo, Ellery Lloyd!"—Clare Mackintosh, New York Times bestselling author of After the End

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.

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"Breathlessly fast, brilliantly original. Bravo, Ellery Lloyd!"—Clare Mackintosh, New York Times bestselling author of After the End

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. . . .


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      • premium: False
      • source: The Guardian
      • content: "A cautionary tale for the social media age . . . Sharp observation, well drawn characters and cleverly ramped-up paranoia."
      • premium: False
      • source: Press Association
      • content: "Taught, tight thriller . . . it's a great contemporary subject, examining Instagram culture and the consequences of sharing too much of yourself on social media."
      • premium: False
      • source: Nikki Smith, author of All In Her Head
      • content: "I loved it! I was actually holding my breath towards the end. Such a chillingly dark examination of what can happen if you filter the reality. . . through Instagram & pretend to be someone you're not."
      • premium: False
      • source: Bookreporter.com
      • content: "Beyond being a brilliant skewering of social media and influencer culture, People Like Her is, quite simply, a damn good thriller . . . With three unreliable narrators, the novel reads like Gone Girl on steroids in all the best ways, and is sure to keep you distracted from Instagram for a good long while.
      • premium: False
      • source: Katherine St. John, author of The Lion’s Den
      • content: "A gripping and timely exploration of the darker side of internet fame, People Like Her is a tense page-turner sure to keep you up past your bedtime!"
      • premium: False
      • source: Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It
      • content: "Social media has never been so dark or so compelling. A disturbing peek into the world of influencers and how it affects their families, People Like Her had me hooked right up to the jaw-dropping end."
      • premium: False
      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: "Lloyd dramatically highlights the artificiality of influencer culture and the toxicity of society's social media obsession."
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      • source: Reader's Digest (50 Best Fiction Books to Read This Year)
      • content: "That Ellery Lloyd is the pen name for married literary couple Collette Lyons and Paul Vlitos makes this cynical take on marriage and motherhood in the age of the influencer all the more delightful. . . . Lloyd's sharp take skewers fake celebrity, mompetition, and the allure of the curated online persona."
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      • source: Buzzfeed
      • content: "This thriller is written alternately from the points of view of popular social media influencer Emmy Jackson, her stressed out husband Dan, and the obsessive follower who is plotting to kill Emmy. It is dramatic and suspenseful, with a touch of humor to lighten the tension. I'll never look at social media the same way again."
      • premium: False
      • source: Booklist (starred review)
      • content: "This suspense-filled novel is clever and sharp as Emmy, Dan, and their circling stalker each narrate the story with compelling voices, albeit ones that are occasionally unreliable. Ellery Lloyd is a pseudonym for husband and wife Collette Lyons and Paul Vlitos, and their debut novel together blends their skills and knowledge to create a well-timed story reminiscent of Gone Girl and Caroline Kepnes' You. Learning the complicated and 'grass isn't always greener' details of the influence lifestyle is another fascinating aspect of this book, and will have readers thinking twice before daydreaming about those 'perfect' lives on Instagram."
      • premium: False
      • source: Karen Hamilton, author of The Last Wife and The Perfect Girlfriend
      • content: "Suspenseful, thought-provoking, clever, and I suspected everyone. The insights into human nature were spot-on, the characters felt true to life and I was genuinely gripped . . . A truly brilliant and a refreshingly original read."
      • premium: False
      • source: The Guardian
      • content: "Smart, gobble-at-a-sitting thriller about life as a yummy mummy influencer and the dark side of Instagram."
      • premium: False
      • source: CrimeReads
      • content: "Not since reading Gone Girl have I found such a satisfyingly furious speech tucked in the midst of a thriller."
      • premium: False
      • source: Romper
      • content: A thriller to the end, People Like Her is a timely study on the consequences of allowing complete strangers to influence us IRL, especially as it relates to the vulnerable, private work of mothering.
      • premium: False
      • source: Evening Standard (London)
      • content: "A cautionary tale about the perils of being a social influencer, and might just be the first example of Instagram noir."
      • premium: False
      • source: Holly Watt, author of To The Lions
      • content: "Don't read this book on the train—I missed my stop . . . On one level, People Like Her is a thrilling, witty page-turner that makes you laugh out loud. But on another, it is a sharp dissection of a very modern way of life [and] will make you look at 21st century life in a different way."
      • premium: False
      • source: Stylist (UK)
      • content: "A thriller not for the faint-hearted . . . it's a smart read."
      • premium: False
      • source: Clare Mackintosh, New York Times bestselling author of After the End
      • content: "Just inhaled People Like Her in a single sitting. A cautionary tale for instafluencers everywhere. Breathlessly fast, brilliantly original. Bravo, Ellery Lloyd!"
      • premium: False
      • source: Popsugar (Best New Mystery and Thrillers of 2021)
      • content: "The world of social media becomes the stage for a story of...
      • premium: True
      • source: Kirkus
      • content:

        October 15, 2020
        A British "Instamum" navigates the dangers of fame--and finds herself the target of a killer. Former fashion editor Emmy Jackson traded her magazine cred for Instagram fame with her first pregnancy. Now her life is more breastfeeding than brunches, and she works hard to convince her tribe of eager mamas that she's barely keeping up--just one of the many myths she's constantly perpetuating. In truth, she has to be savvy and tough, three steps ahead of everyone else, commiserating with the sleepless one minute, plugging one of her sponsors--perhaps a toilet paper company?--the next. Her husband begins to feel like his wife is always performing, like he barely knows her anymore, especially when she turns their 4-year-old daughter's birthday party into a public event or ignores her best friend's messages with a wave. But when their daughter temporarily disappears at the mall and then there's a break-in at their flat, they begin to worry that the price of Emmy's fame might just be too high. Someone is posting stolen pictures; someone else is watching and waiting for the opportunity to take revenge. The first half of the novel is a delicious guilty pleasure: hyperbolic descriptions of the glamorous superficiality that we all suspect lies at the heart of most Instagram lives and experiences. But the second half takes us to a darker place as Lloyd explores the pitfalls of living a life on the internet, especially when that life involves kids. How can we ever assume privacy and safety? And when does the line between persona and person no longer exist? Despite a rather melodramatic climax and rushed conclusion, this one will get under your skin. Silence your notifications and lock the doors, then indulge in this delightfully distasteful, cozily creepy thriller.

        COPYRIGHT(2020) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
      • content:

        November 16, 2020
        With a million-plus Instagram followers, former fashion editor Emmy Jackson, the co-narrator of this unnerving debut from the pseudonymous Lloyd (husband-and-wife writing team Collette Lyons and Paul Vlitos), is Britain’s most famous Instamum. Emmy claims her Mamabare account offers an unfiltered view of life raising three-year-old Coco and five-week-old Bear, but Emmy’s embittered husband and co-narrator, Dan, can attest that her posts contain about as much truth as the novel he published eight years ago. Still, without Emmy’s endorsement deals, they couldn’t pay their bills, so Dan (aka Papabare) keeps quiet and plays his part. Little do the Jacksons know, someone watching their lives unfold online deeply resents their “perfectly imperfect” existence, and is determined to destroy it. Some of the multilayered plot’s more nefarious twists strain credulity, but clever red herrings, sharply drawn characters, and steadily mounting dread largely compensate. Lloyd dramatically highlights the artificiality of influencer culture and the toxicity of society’s social media obsession. Agent: Hillary Jacobson, ICM Partners.

      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
      • content:

        December 1, 2020
        In the era of the social-media influencers, no one rules the ""Mama"" hashtag more than London-based mom Emmy Jackson. Emmy's Instagram, ""Mamabare,"" has over a million followers who can't get enough of her perfect life with her husband, Dan, and their two adorable children. Dan is beginning to see the cracks in Emmy's obsession with her brand, though, while also starting to suspect that their family is being overexposed. Dan's concern turns out to be valid, as an obsessed woman is following the Jackson family, clearly with malicious intent. This suspense-filled novel is clever and sharp as Emmy, Dan, and their circling stalker each narrate the story with compelling voices, albeit ones that are occasionally unreliable. Ellery Lloyd is a pseudonym for husband and wife Collette Lyons and Paul Vlitos, and their debut novel together blends their skills and knowledge to create a well-timed story reminiscent of Gone Girl and Caroline Kepnes' You (2014). Learning the complicated and ""grass isn't always greener"" details of the influence lifestyle is another fascinating aspect of this book, and will have readers thinking twice before daydreaming about those ""perfect"" lives on Instagram.

        COPYRIGHT(2020) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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