People like Emmy Jackson. They always have. Especially online, where she is Instagram sensation Mamabare, famous for always telling the unvarnished truth about modern parenthood. But Emmy isn’t as honest as she’d like the fans to believe. She may think she has her followers fooled, but someone out there knows the truth and plans to make her pay….
A smart and thrilling debut that delves into the darkest aspects of influencer culture, Ellery Lloyd’s People Like Her is about what you risk losing when you don’t know who’s watching….
This has to be the best audiobook that I’ve listened to so far this year! My poor dog was walked and walked and walked while I was completely engrossed and addicted to People Like Her! Everything about this book worked for me but I have to say that the narrators nailed it, especially the actor who portrayed Dan, Emmys husband-I actually forgot it wasn’t really a father called Dan I was listening to as he became such a realistic presence as did the character of Emmy and the other narrator-the one who had a story to tell and an axe to grind…
What I really loved about People Like Her was the cross genre feel to it. Whilst it was a psychological thriller with some terrific twists and turns (and one absolutely huge shock just before the epilogue!! 😱😱) it was also a real eye opener about the use of influencers in social media and how so many now aspire to make their living with that as their “occupation”. Emmys alter ego “Mamabare” was a role that she chose to play and that was exactly how she treated social media-like an actress portraying a character on the stage. But I was shocked at the depths she was prepared to sink to keeping in character and maintaining her position in the spotlight. It certainly made me realise how naive I’ve been about influencing via social media and maybe I shouldn’t believe everything that I see or read!
Ellery Lloyd is the pseudonym of a husband and wife writing team and I’m left wondering if they wrote the male and female points of view of their own gender. If so then it really did bring an air of authenticity to their narratives and a chilling insight into modern day mamas! People Like Her was a compelling listen for me, gripping me unlike any other audiobook I’ve listened to this year. Powerfully delivered with a shocking and brilliantly crafted storyline, I can highly recommend this for your next listen! I loved it and have found myself unable to find another audiobook to listen to since I finished it as nothing else matches up to People Like Us! Don’t you just love it when a book affects you that much? Highly recommended!
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 is the program director for English Literature with Creative Writing at the University of Surrey.