MYSTERY

Unfollow Me

Crooked Lane. Mar. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9781643853925. $26.99. SUSPENSE
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“That channel does not exist” is the message plastered across the computer screens of Violet Young’s followers. Violet produces a daily vlog, Violet Is Blue, to help other young mothers deal with postpartum depression. But now “Violet isn’t blue anymore. Violet is gone.” Even though it’s true her vlog has morphed into a testament to her perfect family and is a huge moneymaker with all the sponsored ads, her followers still depend on her. Lily, a widow and a single mom of a three-year-old, follows Violet religiously—she seems like the sister Lily never had—and Yvonne tracks Violet’s every move, especially as it pertains to Violet’s husband, Henry. Lily and Yvonne follow her for different reasons, each with her own agenda and her own secrets. When Violet’s social media channels all simultaneously disappear, they know something is very wrong. Amid speculation about Violet’s situation on the GoMamas pregnancy forum, Lily and Yvonne take matters into their own hands to find out what happened. It’s not stalking if you’re worried, right?
VERDICT Social media and a killer story intertwine in British author Duckworth’s (The Rival) all-too-real portrayal of what might happen when your intimate family details are just a click away for all the world to see. Highly recommended.
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