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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 c
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by Harper
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Chelsea Jackson Yes and No. Yes because e did not like the way her career impacted their children, and so it was somewhat unbelievable he could suddenly transform int…moreYes and No. Yes because e did not like the way her career impacted their children, and so it was somewhat unbelievable he could suddenly transform into papabare. But also no because I think his critique of social media and Emmy's lifestyle was an underlying jealousy he harbored towards her success and level of fame. I think he secretly was envious all along that his book never received the same notoriety as Emmy's instagram. And when the opportunity arose to surpass her success, he took it. (less)

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Kat
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
***ARC provided through NetGalley***

Eh, this was okay. It definitely made me feel kind of queasy at times. There are some uncomfortable truths about how being someone online (influencer or not) can affect a person. On the other hand, it was nearly impossible to root for the characters (I literally only cared if Emmy and Dan made it to the end for the sake of their kids), the writing was sloppy and repetitive, and the overall climax required too much suspension of disbelief for me.

I can definitel
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Ceecee
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emmeline Jackson is ‘mamabare’ an Instamum and a huge ‘brand’ with many followers. She is married to Dan, a writer and they have a daughter Coco who is four and a baby boy named Bear who are used in the brand. Their story is told in alternating points of view, interspersed with an as yet unknown person on a revengeful course of destruction.

The story hooks you in immediately, you know something awful is happening and it then backtracks and unfolds well. The alternating perspectives is absolutely
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Denise
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my December BOTM and just so happens to be the second book in a row I've read where the protagonist is a rabid social media influencer, who lives a pretend life with the singular goal of more followers, clicks, and likes. And while it makes for a great storyline, it's also horrifying and despicable.

"Followed by Millions, Watched by One" is the catchy back cover blurb. Emmy Jackson (mamabare), is the "honest" British mum of two young children, who always tells it like it is on Instagram
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Frank Phillips
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First of all, let me put it out there that I think social media is incredibly silly, and influencers are not professionals in any way, except maybe in the art of illusion, so I believe any advice an influencer gives should be taken with a grain of salt. With that being said, I was apprehensive to pick up another book about an Instastar (Instagram Star), but I'd heard and seen so many great things and it was also a December BOTM selection, so I decided to give it a shot, which I am so glad I did! ...more
Amanda
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW I was completely hooked from the first to the final page and nothing could drag me away from this book!!

I’m not a fan of Instagram and have never paid influencers much notice, but this book opened my eyes to the horrors of social media.

Emmeline Jackson an instamum has many followers, she is married to Dan and has 2 children, Coco who is 4 and baby Bear. Dan is not keen on his children’s pictures being online but knows his wife’s career is important to her. But someone is out there in the bac
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Jennifer
Dec 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Another waste of a BotM pick.

This sounded good, but isn't. First of all, I don't know who added to this, but they need a new job. I actually, for the first time in my life, felt the need to highlight all of the errors in the first 50 pages before I gave up on this book. Here are some examples:

1. In the first Dan chapter, he says, "I am not calling my wife a liar." Then he goes on in the next paragraph to explain how she goes about lying to her fans. He says there's a difference between bullshit
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Resh (The Book Satchel)
LOVED it!! I have already found what will definitely be a favourite book of 2021. Writing about social media and making it a convincing piece of work is surely difficult and Ellery Lloyd duo have certainly pulled it off. Also what a clever play of words on the title! People Like Her.

What to expect?
Emmy is an Insta-mom. She is famous, has a million followers, and a group of Insta-pod friends—fellow influencer mommies. Her husband Dan is a writer and not v keen on the children’s pics being on soc
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Maximilian Birner
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly one of the more creepy thrillers I have read this year, People Like Her really leans into the paranoias of being a parent. It also has some really interesting conversations involving the ethicality of being an "Instamum" and the cons to constantly documenting your children online.

I first found this book really hard to get into, mostly because of the constant use of the hashtags and these very cringey influencer terms like "blogger mommy". But in that way, I definitely think it was
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Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
Influencers Wrecking Their Own Lives with Crazy Influencer Shenanigans appears to be the new hit subgenre in popular fiction and I am here for it.
Mark
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was beginning to think I wasn’t going to be able to settle to a book after Christmas as this was my 4th I had tried ( the other 3 just weren’t interesting or captivating enough tbh )
But it was worth the few frustrating days as my first full read of 2021 was this, and it’s brill
Emmy is an Instagrammer, an ‘InstaMum’ the most popular one in the UK with over a million followers and she is ‘oh so perfect’ but, of course, she isen’t, everything is choreographed and rehearsed and while her loyal fan
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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
"Followed by millions, stalked by one" really does sum this book up so well. I had heard such great things about this book and I couldn't wait to dive in. The hype is real people, this is one book that you do not want to miss. It is a clever story, told from multiple points of view that ramped up the suspense.

Emmy Jackson is an "Instamum" with over a million followers. She is married to Dan, a writer , and they have 2 small children. She has built up a following with her "real" struggles as a mo
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MeMe
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a completely different read for me. It was enjoyable and an easy read. Although in my opinion, it did not own up to the thriller hype. Basically, it’s just about a typical mom who's a social media influencer whose husband writes books and has two kids. The daily life of parents, the milky shirts messy house, etc. overall I enjoyed being taken into a social influencer life and how there humans too. ...more
Mandie
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m annoyed.
Shalini
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whoa!! A thrilling debut which kept enraptured from the beginning. Social media and its dangers were completely explored in this book.

Emmy was a successful influencer with her own brand. Her husband Dan did not like the children's pics on social media, but couldn't do much in the force of Emmy's personality. Entered the darkness which soon followed Emmy and laid down its claws on to her. Destruction was the forgone conclusion.

Having read many books in this genre, it was wonderful how the autho
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Indieflower
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got immediately hooked on this addictive revenge thriller about the dangers of sharing every aspect of one's life on social media. Emmy is an Insta-mum influencer and shares everything on Instagram, from her photogenic husband and kids to her "struggles" with motherhood, she portrays her life as messy so as to be relatable to her thousands of followers but in reality is completely in control, ultra organised and totally manipulative. I really enjoyed this story, it kept me on my toes, and thou ...more
Vanessa Menezes
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amazing debut!

I found the premise interesting and unique. And once I started reading it I was hooked.

The plot is well written and it is so current. The main character Emmy, who is an influencer, and her husband, Dan, a novelist are both unlikable in a good way. It aptly covers the benefits and dangers of social media.

It actually got me thinking about the lifestyle of the various social influencers that exist. What seems like a simple job actually requires quite a lot of planning and detailing. A
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Samantha Downing
Social media has never been so dark or so compelling! A disturbing peek into the world of influencers and how it affects their families, this novel had me hooked right up to the jaw-dropping end.
Liz Barnsley
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellently addictive commercial thriller that explores the dangers of internet fame and being an influencer in the social media world.

Stalkers and adorers you are never quite sure and in this well written and beautifully plotted story our main protagonists live life in the Instagram spotlight. There's some clever insights and this is very often ironically humerous - overall a really great read and I hope it does well upon it's release next year when I will write a fuller review.

One to watch
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Laurie Flynn
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Razor-sharp and thrilling, with such smart, insightful social commentary on motherhood, Instamom culture, and the perils of a public life. I couldn't put this one down, and I read the last few chapters with my heart in my throat. Chilling, disturbing, and thought-provoking, PEOPLE LIKE HER would be a perfect book club read to provoke some very interesting discussions. I don't want to say much more because it's best going into this propulsive story without knowing what to expect, but brace yourse ...more
Debbie
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! This was sensational!!
Is it because the narratives were written by different people, therefore making them so incredibly believable? While that certainly added to the story, there were so many things I enjoyed about it. The suspense, the push and pull of the relationship, the family dynamics, the blogger tales, which I always find so entertaining and the obsessive follower that we find out more about as we go along. It was hilarious in places and also terrifying. Definitely one I recommend.
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Nnenna
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-tbr
3.5 stars

Thank you to the publisher for giving me a free copy of this book! All opinions are my own.

After reading several romances in a row, I felt like breaking things up by switching genres, and this suspense novel did not disappoint. It’s told in alternating perspectives from a husband and wife, plus a mysterious third narrator that we slowly learn more about. Emmy is a wildly successful Instagram influencer and her husband, Dan, is a writer. Emmy has become famous for her super relatable mom
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Aissata Amadou
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was ok
Realistically this book is a 1.75 stars out of five stars.
There are a lot of problematic elements about this book and I was overal really disappointed because the premise had so much potential. Even just from reading the prologue it started off so well but it quckly went down hill from chapter one. The way the authors describe the role of an ‘influencer’ is just so out of touch with reality. It’s clear they have no idea what it’s like to be an influencer and the whole thing feel disingenuous. I’
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Laura Hankin
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Why I Loved It for Book of the Month:

Recently, I fell into a mom influencer hole. (For book research! But also because I became obsessed!) These beautiful women with their well-behaved children were obviously presenting their lives as more perfect than they actually were, I decided. Then People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd came along to thrillingly upend my assumptions, through the twisty story of a mother who makes herself more of a mess to rake in the followers and the chilling consequences that f
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Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This was really slow but the ending turned out well. I was hoping for more of a thriller. But I am happy to read another book by Lloyd.
Kayla
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this one. Fell flat for me. It definitely did pick up towards the end which I enjoyed. Definitely liked Dan's character most. ...more
rebecca
Dec 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
I don’t even know if there was ever a time when I gave a book one star. This is was painfully hard to get through. The premise was interesting enough. Influencer who has a family and something goes wrong. But the problem is that it was just boring, not in the least bit plausible and just a waste of my time. I am shocked this was a BOTMC!
Brittany
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
Is this considered a thriller? I don’t know. If it is, it shouldn’t be. The first 200 pages were so boring. All this build up. All this suspicion. Betrayal. Emmy sucked. Straight up sucked. And Dan hated her for it. But then once he can use it for his advantage to be the breadwinner, he turns into everything he hates? And the break in/photo scam had nothing to do with the abduction? Eh. Why even put that in there. It serves no purpose. You’re also telling me Dan and Irene solved this crime in 10 ...more
Vikki Patis
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
People Like Her is one of those books that gripped me from the very first page. The two main narrators, Emmy and Dan, are immediately engaging, and although Emmy is quite frustrating and obnoxious at times, she is still very relatable. The humour is dark and on point, delivered with razor sharp accuracy, and beneath it all, it is a cautionary tale about the modern age, where social media rules.

The pace of this book is very fast, and my one niggle is that I would have liked slightly more in the
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Erin Cataldi
Dec 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I was anticipating a lot more from this "thriller." I liked the story-building, the descriptions of the influencing business, and the portrait of the family on the brink but the thriller aspect was buried and partially nonsensical. People Like Her shows the ugly side of what really goes on behind the camera in influencer's life and shows the strains in a couple's relationship as they try to manage two young children, Mamabare's perfect online persona, and her millions of followers. One of their ...more
Chelsey
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
3 stars not necessarily because it was a bad book, but because the story, for me, was so hard to read as a mother - it was just terrifying. The writing and story were good... it's just going to be hard for me to sleep tonight.

"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 o
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Ellery Lloyd is the pseudonym for London-based husband-and-wife writing team Collette Lyons and Paul Vlitos.

Collette is a journalist and editor, the former content director of Elle (UK) and editorial director at Soho House. She has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and the Sunday Times.

Paul is the author of two previous novels, Welcome to the Working Week and Every Day is Like Sunday. He
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