Published by Quercus Books,
15 October 2020.
ISBN: 978-1-78747-809-1 (PB)
The author worked as a lifestyle
and consumer affairs journalist before she switched to writing psychological
suspense. This is her second novel and
is about the dangers of social media, a growing topic that’s trending strongly now
in the world of books.
Young is a popular, almost celebrity, influencer and mummy vlogger who has it
all. With Henry her handsome, wealthy husband, three gorgeous kids, a large, stylish
London house, a huge, adoring die hard band of followers, and a million
subscribers on YouTube, Instagram and Twitter, she’s no shrinking violet and
doesn’t shy from baring and sharing every trivia of her family’s everyday
doings. Until… her online social media presence is shut down
overnight with no apology and no explanation for the decision to go offline.
fan base is bereft of its daily fix and the buzz of chilling conspiracy theories
becomes more strident. What’s happened? Where’s Violet? Has she met with a dreadful accident? Has a
crazed stalker murdered her?
Very quickly one is drawn into what promises
to be a fascinating domestic noir. Two women
on the GoMamas forum scramble to unravel the mystery and the narrative is
projected through the impressions and voices of Lily and Yvonne, both damaged and
obsessive in their own way. Henry, flawed and despicable, puts in his oar from
time to time and eventually the author introduces Violet in a cameo role.
premise is intriguing and timely, the world of social media is penetratingly
observed, and the author skilfully integrates the characters, none of which is
particularly likeable. Juicy online exchanges between subscribers are
compelling and realistic. That said, however, some readers might find that the
fast, dark pace and crescendo of the early chapters soon begins to flatten and
the book, although competently written,
may possibly be not quite the outcome they expected.
Reviewer: Serena Fairfax
Serena Fairfax spent her childhood in India, qualified as a lawyer in England and practiced in London for many years. She began writing by contributing feature articles to legal periodicals then turned her hand to fiction. Having published nine novels all, bar one, hardwired with a romantic theme, she has also written short stories and accounts of her explorations off the beaten track that feature on her blog. Her tenth novel has been published. Thrillers, crime and mystery narratives, collecting old masks and singing are a few of her favourite things.