Publication Date: 26th July from Twenty7
Source: Review Copy
Social media sensation. The face of clean eating.
Everyone loves her. Everyone wants to be her.
But when Holly is attacked by a man she’s only just met, her life starts to spiral out of control. He seemed to know her – but she doesn’t know him.
What if Holly isn’t who she seems to be? What if Holly’s living a lie?
YOU THINK YOU KNOW HER . . .
This tale of a life of lies lead on social media, being caught out by someone with possibly even more to hide, where the readers sympathies change with almost every chapter and encompassing a currently relevant look at life reality v our Instagram feeds was highly addictive and genuinely compelling.
Holly has built an empire around her struggle to beat cancer using holistic means and careful diet – but somebody out there knows she is not being entirely honest. After she is attacked, her life spirals out of control and from the shadows someone is watching…
I thought the dual narrative structure worked extremely well here and Amy Heydenrych has a talent for creating divisive yet highly engaging characters. It has an authentic and often realistically thought provoking feel, digging deep into the underneath of our modern, open world where you can be whoever you want to be..often though at huge personal cost.
The personal costs are at the heart of this, our understanding of self and how easy it is to take the path of least resistance to those things that we think we want, without a thought for others. Shame On You is a clever novel on several levels and ultimately your reaction to the events and to the people will probably differ depending on your own world view.
As well as that is is spot on entertaining. A psychological thriller for today’s generation of social media addicts, of which I am one.
Really enjoyed it.