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  • Thought provoking

    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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  • Gripping and addictive

    Through her website and social media accounts, mummy vlogger Violet Young almost reached a celebrity status among her followers. She entertains and inspires numerous of women by posting regular updates on her seemingly perfect family. That is untill all of het accounts suddenly go blank. Without warning and explanation for her absence, some of Violet's most devoted followers decide to take matters into their own hands in finding out what happened... What comes next is a very clever story about two women each dealing with issues like envy, loss and coping as a single mother. I truly loved this character driven story and the way it's told from two perspectives, Lilly and Yvonne. Charlotte Duckworth paints a very vivid picture of our present day obsession following other people's life online. She came up with an amazing plot and is a great story teller. I highly recommend this book if you like gripping, twisty and addictive reads!

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  • Is anyone’s life perfect?

    This book is certainly up to date with the times we currently live in, whilst social media definitely has its good points, it certainly also has some bad points. But then I guess that depends how much of yourself you put out there. Violet Young is an “influencer” with a huge following on social media, her very popular mummy vlog, Violet is Blue, which she began to help other mums deal with, or even recognise postpartum depression, some women don’t always realise they have until months after having had a child. The problem with having a huge amount of followers, is that it can also come with a lot of haters, who make nasty comments, each and everyday, if you are struggling with any type of depression at the same time some of these comments can be hard to overlook. It appears a follower knows more about Violet than she would like, her personal email address where she is being harassed more, the person states if Violet puts all the information out there, then she is asking for someone to follow the trail, and find her, seems whoever knows all about her. People like 40 year old Yvonne who desperately wanted to have children with her younger husband Simon, but it’s not meant to be, as Simon is infertile, Yvonne turns to Violet is Blue as well as other websites and chat rooms. Then Violets #1 fan is Lily a young widow, with a 3 year old son, since losing her husband she has struggled with depression, before losing her husband and having a child, Lily had friends, and hope, but now she has no one and nothing, so has turned to watching Violet to fill the void, she believes that Violet knows her, understands her and what she is going through. One day Violet is there, online, then she disappears, as does all her social media presence, everything is deleted. With no explanation, what has happened to Violet? This is the question fans discuss on forums, where things can be twisted, how fickle are fans, they go from liking someone until a little doubt turns them. Without knowing the truth. This is a well written, clever twisty story, with some nice and not so nice characters, a great fast pace, the pages fly by as you get so engrossed in the story, this is the authors second book, I for one will be watching out for her next read. I would like to thank #netgalley and #Crookedlanebooks for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.

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  • Stupendous!

    What happened to Violet Young? Not having read The Rival, I had absolutely no expectations from Unfollow Me, other than what I had gleaned from the very promising synopsis. In this gripping tale that delves into the modern inclination towards social media, blogging, and celebrity influencers, Violet Young is an ex-journalist turned mummy-vlogger with a huge following throughout various social media platforms. One day, without explanation, all of her accounts appear to have been suddenly deleted. A group of her followers on the GoMamas forum ruminate on what may have happened and this is gradually revealed through three narratives; those of Yvonne, Lily and Henry. Photographer Yvonne, 40, is married to Simon who is younger than her, and they desperately want to have children, however, they have some fertility issues. Young widow Lily is a single mother with a 3-year-old son. She is an obsessive follower of Violet and has been suffering with depression. Henry is Violet’s handsome and devoted husband. Although there is much made of the mystery of Violet’s whereabouts, the novel also delves into the lives of its narrators. As the story unfolds via the alternating chapters, the reader becomes privy to the characters' deep and dark secrets, as well as how their lives are connected. Unfollow Me is a delightfully absorbing story. I just had to figure out what was going on, and the one-liner funnies along the way added so much levity to this thriller that made it all the richer for me. Yvonne, in particular was incredibly droll, adding comedic notes to what otherwise might have been a rather sombre read. My desire to know how things closed out was so great that I finished Unfollow Me in one sitting and I definitely fell victim to 'just one more page' syndrome! I loved Unfollow Me so much that I have been inspired to read The Rival, and I have also discovered another author, Charlotte Duckworth, to add to my list of favourites. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my request, from the publisher via NetGalley and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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