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Unfollow Me

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In Unfollow Me you meet Yvonne and Lilly who are obsessed with popular ‘Mummy Vlogger’ Violet, her perfect husband and children. You follow each character as they show that everything is not always how they make it look, whether that be on or off line.  

Unfollow Me shows the stalkerish nature of blogging when you have that many followers religiously reading and following you. When one seemingly innocent picture of your child in your front garden can turn into a follower finding your address. 

I found this a really good read with turns that I hadn’t foreseen and the ending which gave me shivers.
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Having thoroughly enjoyed 'The Rival' I was very pleased to be given an advance copy of Charlotte Duckworth's latest novel. Most of the characters in this title are quite hard to like which makes you wonder if you like the book itself, but it is the clever portrayal of characters who live their lives 'following' or 'trolling' 'influencers' that makes this tale compelling. Charlotte Duckworth very cleverly leads the reader down one path only to suddenly point out her deliberate misdirection when you think you understand what is happening. A very interesting tale making use of the internet, blogging and vlogging that is so common these days. I await the next novel with great interest.
Very many thanks to Netgalley/Charlotte Duckworth and Quercus Books for a digital copy of this title. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Another riveting read by Charlotte Duckworth, that the Publishers kindly invited me to read. Each character was by turns, interesting, likeable, obsessive  and detestable. A very thought provoking tale that will draw you in and leave you ,in my case, wanting more. I would highly recommend  this novel.
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My thanks to Quercus Books for an eARC via NetGalley of Charlotte Duckworth’s ‘Unfollow Me’ in exchange for an honest review. I have now purchased a Kindle edition.

This is a gripping tale that taps into the modern zeitgeist of social media, blogging, and celebrity influencers. Violet Young is a journalist turned Mummy-vlogger with a huge following throughout various social media platforms.

Then one day all her accounts have all been deleted with no explanation. A group of her followers on the GoMamas forum speculate on what has happened. What indeed and this is revealed slowly through three narrative voices.

The first is Yvonne, a married photographer desperate to become pregnant but with fertility issues. The second is Lily, a single mother who is an obsessed follower of Violet. Finally there is Henry, Violet’s husband. As much as it is about the mystery of ‘where is Violet’, the novel also delves into the lives of its narrators. I won’t say much as this is the kind of novel that is best read avoiding possible spoilers.

‘Unfollow Me’ was a total page-turner as I was completely riveted as Duckworth began slowly peeling back the layers. It was very satisfying tale even if you are someone like myself who doesn’t follow lifestyle vloggers. There is a clear sense of awareness of the dangers of over-investing in this kind of external influence in lifestyle choices. It was thought provoking as well as a cracking good story.

One that I plan on recommending widely and I have also marked her previous novel as a ‘must read’.
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An enjoyable book giving you a reality check on social media. I wouldnt call it a thriller exactly but i still enjoyed it. Took me a while to get into it but it was a steady enough read.
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Wow! Ms Duckworth has done it again. I thoroughly enjoyed her debut novel, The Rival, and this time we get a techno-thriller (a thriller based heavily around technology/internet/social media), and boy is it beyond addictive. Main character Violet is a successful and revered vlogger and social media influencer who disappears suddenly. Her fans are naturally extremely concerned as all of her profiles on her favourite social media platforms have also been deleted without so much as a word. This is deliciously dark and twisty read which highlights the negatives of being an internet celebrity. This quickly turns into a creepy and rather disturbing tale about jealousy.

Duckworth is one of the best at completely stumping her readers by using lots of twists and turns, and wickedly clever misdirection and red herrings. I ended up backing the wrong horse and so will you. What makes this so exceptional is I was certain I knew what was going on right till the very end when Ms Duckworth effectively shouts GOTCHA! There are many thrillers where you can tell that the author is trying hard to throw you off the scent. Here, what is so special is the subtlety and nuance which means you are only aware of the misdirection retrospectively. Superb job! I now await her next book. Many thanks to Quercus for an ARC.
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This book is chilling. There are parts of this book that genuinely made my blood run cold. Fantastically written, shocking relatable, this is going to be a book people are taking about.
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I was attracted by the blurb because I found it very interesting. I loved this exciting thriller, its multi layered plot and the well written and intriguing characters.
This is a page turner that keeps you on the edge till the last page as you discover the characters' secrets and the plot unravel using different POV.
I loved the style of writing and I loved how the characters were developed.
I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to Quercus Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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What happened to Violet Blake?

A successful mummy vlogger with over one millions followers vanishes from social media overnight – her YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram accounts closed without warning. Her fans are desperate to know why, and some will do anything to find out.

The synopsis for this one had me so excited, and I was right to be. Unfollow Me was entertaining and engrossing with some disturbing, characters-crossing-the-line, developments. Even though no one in the book was particularly likeable, or reliable, there were still parts of their lives I could relate to, and empathesise with – none of them were all bad. This was mostly due to Charlotte Duckworth's thoroughness at including so many small day-to-day details – things that have happened to all of us. There's a lot of domestic drama, but all of it was relevant to the mystery of why Violet suddenly disappeared from social media. Some great twists, some I saw coming, most I didn't, upped the ante, and moved the plot along.

Prominent themes were addiction and obsession, but also stalking, sociopathic lying, loss, grief, and unhealthy coping strategies, and that no matter how much you may want to start over and wipe the slate clean, your past actions inadvertently have a way of catching up with you.

Chapters alternated between two regular viewers of Violet's online life – a solo mother, and a married woman with fertility issues desperate for a baby – various threads on a forum titled GoMamas, and emails to Violet from an obsessed fan. 

This was my first read by Charlotte Duckworth, but I see she's written a previous novel called, The Rival, which I will certainly be reading. Fans of domestic noir, and those who are intrigued by the psychology and behaviour of celebrity worship syndrome will devour this. The perfect read to cosy up with this winter, or for those going into summer, the ultimate beach read.

I'd like to thank Netgalley, Quercus, and Charlotte Duckworth for the e-ARC.

Release Date: 1st June, 2019.
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Although I am not a mummy, or indeed a mummy blogger, as a regular online user, I can truly understand how easy it could be to get sucked in to the world of the online 'celebrity'.

Violet Young is hugely popular mummy 'influencer', with a million subscribers on YouTube who tune in daily to watch her every move. Violet has the perfect life, a loving husband, three beautiful children and a successful career.

But we all know that online life can be fake, right?

Violet's millions of followers are left puzzled and distraught as she suddenly disappears from the online community, and all her Social Media accounts are deleted, with no warning or explanation.

Speculation is rife about what has happened to Violet. Has she simply had enough of the online world? Or has something more sinister happened to her?

Is Henry really the perfect husband?

Is Violet really the perfect wife and Mummy?

Violet's fans are obsessed with trying to find out the truth, but what they discover may be far more shocking than any of them could have imagined.
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I really enjoyed Duckworth’s debut, The Rival, so was really looking forward to Unfollow Me which has an original and intriguing premise. The story is told by two main protagonists: Yvonne is a photographer, in her late thirties married to a man younger than her and the couple are desperately trying for a baby; and 27-Year old single working Mum, Lily, who can barely make ends meet. Both women seek escape from their problems through the life of Violet, a mummy vlogger. But one morning the two women discover that Violet’s Youtube homepage has been deleted, along with all her social media accounts...Is she taking a break or is there something sinister at work...This sets into motion a chain of events as Yvonne and Lily attempt to uncover the mystery behind Violet’s disappearance. 
This was a pacy read that I could not put down. Interspersed with Yvonne’s and Lily’s narrative is extracts from a mother’s forum and Henry’s, Violet’s husband, POV heightening tension. 
What really worked for me was the characterisation of Yvonne and Lily, I found them both so emotionally engaging and I found their motivations and the reason for why they got so addicted to Violet’s channel quite relatable. Duckworth taps into the zeitgeist of social media and influencers holding up a reflection to the way people avoid dealing with their own traumas and problems by consuming other people’s lives, especially the toxic and damaging sense of entitlement viewers have over these influencers’ lives, the sense of being entitled to stalk and entitled to know what they are up to just become I’ve-invested-time-and-emotion-in-the-content-they’ve-put-out. 
Overall this original and gripping story is thought-provoking, well plotted with brilliant characterisation. Highly recommended 5/5
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Last year I read The Rival by Charlotte Duckworth and was blown away. It was definitely one of my favourite books of 2018. I was sooo happy to be approved for an advanced copy of her new book Unfollow Me - and I am happy to report that it is fantastic! I was completely drawn into the world of the mummy blogger and the fans and I just wanted to keep reading, having no idea how things were going to pan out. The story was twisty, clever and very well written and I can't recommend it enough.

Unfollow me tells the story of a hugely popular and successful online influencer called Violet Young. She is married to Henry, who is also very successful and they have 3 beautiful children. On the outside they appear to have the perfect life... but can you believe everything that you see online? Seemingly out f the blue Violet disappears from the online world, with all her social media deleted without a trace. Her legions of fans are distraught and become obsessed to find out what really happened. Th story is told from multiple points of view.... as well as Violet and Henry there is also Lily, a single mum who can't get enough of Violet, and there's is also Yvonne, a women who is struggling to conceive. The story unfolds through the alternating chapters and we learn all about these characters and their deep dark secrets, as well as how their lives are connected.

A very unique and  compelling read. Thank you to Quercia Books and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased
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I wanted to read Unfollow Me as soon as I read the blurb. A very interesting premise that I have not read before. I love psychological thrillers and really enjoy this book.
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A book set in the vlogosphere  a world I know very little about this chilling tense thriller drew me right in.A popular woman blogger in this online world disappears deletes her accounts and is gone panic sets in to her. Large legion of followers who hang on her every posting,Whete  is she what happened to her.told through different characters eyes Vanessa and Lily both obsessive followers each hiding their own dark secrets .it is a compelling read with a surprising ending thoroughly enjoyed highly recommend.this twisty multi layered psychological thriller .#netgalley #quercusbooks.
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This book is amazing! 

Violet, mum of 3 and married to Henry, is a mummy vlogger with over 1 million subscribers on YouTube. One day, all of her social media accounts are deleted with no explanation as to why. Everyone on mummy forums are discussing it and wondering what has happened to her. 

The story flits between the points of view of Lily, a single mum of one who obsessively watches Violet's channel, wishing her life was like Violet's; Yvonne, a lady who is struggling to conceive a child with her partner. She is also a viewer of Violet's channel and she used to work with Henry 20 years prior; Henry and then Violet, herself. 

The plot of this book is absolutely brilliant, with information being peppered in to really  make you think. I don't want to give too much away but all the lines come together and you can tell it's been very well thought out. The last paragraph before the epilogue almost made me scream. I cannot recommend this enough!
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We've all wondered what it's really like behind the scenes of those perfect insta influencer pictures - well this thriller gives you a peep. An interesting take on how much you can keep hidden when you live in the public eye and how you never really know who is watching, listening - and taking notes on your life.  

When super-influencer and mummy blogger Violet disappears from public life one day and shuts down all her accounts, one of her followers is determined to find out what's happened. But how innocent are their motives and what has actually happened to Violet?

I enjoyed this novel - it was a great holiday read.
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Charlotte Duckworth you are now two for two in entertaining the heck out of me with your well thought out stories and for that I thank you!!! *MWAH* 

Violet Young is a Youtube sensation or rather "influencer" with her hugely popular mommy vlog, Violet is Blue, which was started as a way to help other mothers that suffer with postpartum depression. While she does have many fans she also has an equal number of haters that spew vitriol via their keyboard muscles each and every day. It appears that one of her followers has even been harassing her via email and this follower seems to know an awful lot about her. 

"It's what you want, after all, isn't it? Without an audience, without people like me watching, then what are you? No one asked you to put yourself on the internet. No one asked you to leave breadcrumb trails of your life across the World Wide Web, just waiting for a hungry bird like me to gobble up. I know everything about you, Violet." 

Lily is a young widow with a 3 year old son. She has been suffering with depression ever since her tragic loss and is Violet Young's #1 fan. She misses the days before child, before her loss, when she had something to hope for. With no friends to be had she fanatically watches Violet via Youtube, Instagram, Twitter etc. Lily feels that Violet truly understands what it is she is going through. 

Yvonne is a 40 year old woman with a younger husband, Simon, and they desperately want to have children. Unfortunately it appears that Simon suffers from male factor infertility. Yvonne takes comfort in Violet is Blue and other "mommy" websites and chat rooms. 

Then the unthinkable happens: Violet shuts down all of her social media without so much as a warning leaving her admirers and enemies wondering what happened to the social media darling. Speculation ensues and rumors spread mostly about Henry, Violets husband, is he really as perfect as she's made him out to be?

The story is told in alternating chapters from the perspectives of Lily, Yvonne, and Henry after Violet has gone missing. We listen as all three tell their stories and eventually how they connect and I was glued to the pages for it. My need to know was so great that I finished this in nearly one sitting. 4 *Just one more page* Stars! 

Thank you to NetGalley and Quercus Books for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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Great idea for a book and the author depicts the online world and the nature of obsession very well. I thought the crime element could have been stronger but the characters and their world was very well drawn.
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I had high hopes for this book. As a big fan of the psychological thriller/grip lit genre, I was really hoping this book would surprise me. The plot/idea is a good one. Women following woman on instagram, obsessive relationships and IVF treatment. All of these ideas have been done already and yet nothing about this book gripped me. The characters were all fairly flat and the dialogue fairly insipid. I didn't really connect with any of the characters and I was never really rooting for anyone. It was a fairly shallow story, never really cracking the surface enough for me. I imagine there will be readers who will enjoy the journey th e book takes them on but I wont be returning to this author again.
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After reading Charlotte’s first novel I was thoroughly looking forward to this one and I can honestly say I was not disappointed.

I haven’t read a book quite like this one before and with the rise in social media and vloggers it is definitely relevant.

Violet has a seemingly perfect life and reveals all her ups and downs via her daily vlogs.  This book shares the story of two of her biggest fans, Lily and Yvonne,  and the repercussions on their life’s when one morning they wake to find that Violet has deleted all her social media accounts.  Why would Violet have done this ? Will she be back ?

The book is written mainly from the perspectives of Lily and Yvonne as well as a few snippets from Henry, Violet’s husband.  I was sure that I had it all figured out but I didn’t and this is the beauty of the book.  It will have you thinking one thing one minute and then something else will happen that will have you going in another direction.  I brilliant book with plenty of twists to keep you turning the pages.

Thank you to Quercus Books and NetGalley for a digital copy of this book.
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