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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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Michael David
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#Mamabare
#Influencer
#Instamum
#Hashtaganythingandeverything

As the #hashtags indicate, this book is about a social media influencer named Emmy Jackson. She’s the proud mother of two young children, and has made her way from magazine fashion editor to having her own influencer brand.

Her shtick? Mamabare - A mom who bares her soul about how difficult it can be with young children. Sleepless nights, vomit on clothing, bags under eyes. Her 1 million followers love how honest and relatable she is. Befo
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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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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hard-soft-copy
Quick thoughts:

A thriller about a social media mom influencer, People Like Her is exciting and addictive right from the very start. Emmy has mastered being an influencer and appearances of the perfect life, but underneath it all, there are cracks and troubles bubbling away.

This is a book I devoured in one sitting; dark, troubling, full of secrets, intriguing, and even emotional at times. Also, can I just say, I love that title with double meaning!

I received a gifted copy.

Many of my reviews c
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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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Frank Phillips
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Arna
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Eye opening book into the world of influencing.

⚠️ Possibly mild spoilers below ⚠️

I’ve seen all your mixed reviews and was looking forward to seeing if I would love it.

And for the first half I did, after I got passed how annoying Emmy is but then it went downhill.

I found Emmy to be insufferable, there wasn’t anything she wasn’t willing to exploit for the sake of the gram, including miscarriage. How that whole situation was handled was insensitive and horrible.

The big twist and person/reason b
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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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Mandie
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m annoyed.
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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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
All I needed to know about this was that it was about an “Influencer” and I was all like . . . .



In case you don’t know me, here is a gif featuring a cuter version of myself that sums things up in a nutshell . . . .



I am a voyeur to the nth degree and absolutely get off on reality trash any time I’m not reading. I will confess that my Peeping Tom status remains pretty stilted when it comes to the intertubes – mainly because I find the majority of users who think they are big shit to be a
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Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
This book is a very intriguing look at the modern world of Instagram influencers centered on Emmy and her mega-following of fellow moms. Emmy "bares all" on her "Momstagram" page MamaBare, where she tells life as it is raising two young children. Or so she wants her followers to believe. The reality is a much more staged, much more structured work, complete with an agent, sponsors, and a personal assistant.

People like Her is a pretty cynical look at Emmy's life, mostly through the eyes of her hu
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Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ 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.
Eva K (journeyofthepages)
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paper-book
First. TRIGGERS: EVERYTHING related to fertility and babies - multiple miscarriages, multiple abortions, fertility treatments, infertility, death of an infant, motherhood and some condescension of all of the above.

I know for a fact that being triggered by this book plays a big role in my mostly ambivalent but overall negative take on it. Being in the throws of my own fertility battles, this book was a difficult one to read without getting choked up in anger and in sadness. 

To be clear, People Li
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Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)
Emmy is an Instamum - a famous Instagram social media influencer - living in England. With over a million followers, she’s the leader in her niche. She prides herself on her honesty and real-ness, but really, it’s all a facade to make her more likable and more relatable in order to gain more followers which translates into more dollars.

Dan, Emmy’s husband, is a struggling writer. His first novel eight years ago was quite a success but his second novel has been in progress ever since. For as muc
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Dannii Elle
Emmy is a wife to writer husband, Dan, and mum to two adorable little ones, Coco and Bear. But, to her millions of Instagram followers, she is @mamabare. Whilst so many social media users attempt to make their lives appear more perfectly filtered and artfully lit, Emmy has cultivated a constructed chaos as her brand. She is the relatable face of motherhood who, or so she appears, deals with all the same sleepless nights, public meltdowns, and leaking maternity bras as everyone else. The fact tha ...more
Elizabeth
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2021
People Like Her is a fantastic, thought provoking thriller that raises some great issues about sharing family life online. Unlike most Instagram lifestyle thrillers, this one isn't a condemnation of sharing online but instead asks what is "real life" when it's carefully created and orchestrated to look perfect or maximize engagement? Is it wrong to do this when it's clear that *no one* posting on social media is ever totally truthful?

It's also a great thriller with complex, fascinating main cha
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Shalini
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whoa!! A thrilling debut that kept me 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 onto her. Destruction was the foregone conclusion.

Having read many books in this genre, it was wonderful how the aut
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Max 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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Jayme
Feb 17, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
⚠️Warning⚠️

Social media is hazardous to your health and safety!

Emmy Jackson is the_mamabare, an Instagram influencer who blogs about the trials and tribulations of being a mommy. Known for keeping it real, she details her family’s everyday life with constant posts, delivering sage advice to her followers. But all is not what it seems, as Emmy fakes her way to the top. Her husband Dan is fed up with the exploitation of his family, but is relying on Emmy’s income until his next book is published
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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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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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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
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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Elle's Book Blog
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Genre Mystery/Suspense

Let me start out by saying that this is a unique and somewhat sinister novel about the dangers lurking behind social media. Like many of you (myself included) we use social media DAILY. Sure, we don’t have millions of people following our every word (or at least I don’t 🤣) and many of us have never even had to experience a sinister person wishing us harm based on our thoughts and posts however, it is a realistic part of being “famous” online. You’ve se
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Lou
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
People Like Her is husband and wife writing team Ellery Lloyd's debut psychological thriller about the dangers of social media fame and the influencer lifestyle, of sharing your life with all and sundry, and the repercussions when fans become obsessive. Former fashion editor Emmy Jackson has over a million Instagram followers and with her @Mamabare account is Britain’s most famous ”instamum”. Having traded in her credentials working with magazines during her first pregnancy, she now makes a lucr ...more
ABookwormWithWine
If you are looking for a psychological thriller that focuses on an influencer and all that entails, look no further than People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd. This is actually a husband and wife writing team, and I thought the book felt perfectly cohesive and plotted. It immediately hooks you with the prologue before going back to start at the beginning, which in this case is 6 weeks earlier. Emmy (AKA mamabare) is a pretty despicable character and I don't think anyone is going to like her even a lit ...more
Michelle
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review to come!

4 stars ⭐️
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
I really enjoyed this book! Was Emmy awful? Absolutely. But as someone who pre-takes pictures and plans posts for social media at least a week in advance (check out my bookstore @thebookworm.mb!) there was a lot of truth to the story as well.

Social media is great and awful at the same time, and this book did such a good job of showing both side of it.
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 rounded up!) A fun, unique (& current) thriller.. Quick moving & the audiobook was great!
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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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