The Influencer - Miranda Rijks

Goodreads Book Blurb:

She is worshiped by millions. But she has a secret…

Adored by her legions of followers, social media megastar Skye is an inspiration. Once homeless, she is now fantastically wealthy, enormously powerful. A ‘like’ from Skye can literally change your life.

So when she suggests partnering with Nathan’s charity for the homeless, he thinks it’s a match made in heaven. With Skye’s backing, who knows what he can achieve? And no-one is more excited than Nathan’s teenage daughters, both massive fans of the star.

But Skye’s influence comes at a price. Yes, funds are pouring into Nathan’s charity, but she is a smothering presence, seemingly determined to insert herself into every nook and cranny of his family life.

Nathan’s daughters are thrilled to have so much up close and personal contact with a superstar. But he worries about Skye’s growing influence on them… And is it just a coincidence that ever since she’s been around, his personal life is disintegrating?

As things spiral out of control, Nathan begins to wonder what Skye really wants from him and his daughters. The answer is more terrifying than he could ever imagine…

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My Review:

***Thanks to NetGalley and Inkubator Books for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.
enjoyable/easy to read:
3/5
2.5 stars, rounded up

Lots of potential and an excellent outline for a terrifying contemporary psychological thriller that was let down by the writing style. The promise of a profile on the dark side of becoming a social media influencer by any means necessary attracted me to this story, it just didn’t meet the brief.

The protagonist was too good, the antagonist too evil. Every character only had one aspect to their personality and never deviated. The writing felt sterile and superficial – like everything had to be spelled out for the reader in the most basic style but almost as if it was told by someone a few steps removed from the entire process. The plot was incredibly predictable from very early on and in the end the antagonist’s motives weren’t believable because the writing didn’t delve deep enough to unearth an honest motivation for the character’s actions.
It actually made Skye seem clumsy and inept at manipulation which doesn’t ring true considering her actions to amass the following she has cultivated.
However, there is a bright spot of hope here.
The final chapter had the most impact out of the entire book. A delicious twist and last resort that I truly wasn’t expecting and made me want to read more, even though I found the rest of the story to be lacklustre.

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