ARC Review | Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth

Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Publication Date: March 10th, 2020
ARC from Netgalley

A gripping domestic thriller examining the terrifying depths of our social media obsessions.

You can’t stop watching her.

Violet Young is a hugely popular journalist-turned-mummy-influencer, with three children, a successful husband and a million subscribers on YouTube who tune in daily to watch her everyday life unfold.

Until the day she’s no longer there.

But one day she disappears from the online world – her entire social media presence deleted overnight, with no explanation. Has she simply decided that baring her life to all online is no longer a good idea, or has something more sinister happened to Violet?

But do you really know who Violet is?

Her fans are obsessed with finding out the truth, but their search quickly reveals a web of lies, betrayal, and shocking consequences…

| Book Review |

This seems to happen to me a lot with Thrillers, but I knew the second I read the blurb for Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth that I would be reading this book. I watch a lot of youTube, and there are some youTube momma’s out there I follow. Though I originally started following most of them as beauty influencers. Anyway, I was hooked on this book from the very beginning. When popular Mommy vlogger Violet Young disappears without a trace, her fans are up in arms. And some of them are really offended, as they feel they are entitled to know what is going on. I have to say that as a youTube glommer, this was pretty eye opening, mostly because I feel like there probably are people out there who are like that. And the lines that were crossed by this woman’s ‘fans’ was absolutely mind boggling.

For most of the book, there are two women we’re following, and they each have their own struggles. Lily is a single mother who is barely keeping it together financially, and her mental health isn’t any better. Lily is too preoccupied with Violet’s seemingly perfect life and children to pay appropriate attention to her own son, and when she finds out her job is in jeopardy, things get worse. Yvonne is a (mostly) happily married woman struggling to conceive, and she’s an avid hate-watcher of Violet, who so effortlessly has everything Yvonne’s ever wanted.

The way this story played out and everything came together was really interesting, and I swear the pace never let up. There were things I didn’t see coming and some things I did, but I was always glued to what was going on. I will say that the ‘twist’ at the end was a bit underwhelming, but the last line of the story just before the epilogue started was my favorite part. It was such a fun ending, if a bit expected. All in all, I thought Unfollow Me was an interesting, intricate story, and I love the whole ‘tangled webs we weave’ feel to it. If you’re a fan of Mystery/Thrillers, I think you’ll enjoy this. If you’re an avid youTube watcher, I think you’ll enjoy it even more!

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9 thoughts on “ARC Review | Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth

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  1. Obsessive fans are already scary to me, but to have the vlogger disappear so abruptly has me very curious- just like your review, Angie!

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  2. This sounds cool and very current! I think we all kind of wonder about the people we follow online, what their real lives are like, so if they just disappear, it’s weird!

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  3. I’m not a YouTube watcher, but I do follow a few fashion/mommy influencers on Instagram, so this does sound interesting! I’ll have to check it out!

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  4. This sounds like such an interesting read. It amazes me that there are fans who think they’re entitled to know everything there is to know about a celebrity/influencer. They lose sight of all boundaries.

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