Idol: The must-read, addictive and compulsive book club thriller 2022

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Idol: The must-read, addictive and compulsive book club thriller 2022

Idol: The must-read, addictive and compulsive book club thriller 2022

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And we also see in Idol the truth of the adage that if you tell a lie enough times, you start to believe it yourself.

Samantha is shallow, selfish and spiteful and her friend, Lucy, doesn't have any personality to speak of. The story splits into two timelines as we discover the reality of the events of the past, and watch Samantha trying to control her old friend and maintain her brand. A most enjoyable read, with insightful use of psychology and quality writing on life in the digital age and the me-too movement. IDOL analyses our relationship with social media while also highlighting the toxic nature of the cancel culture.

So good on illusion and self-delusion; the lies we tell ourselves and each other; the damage of toxic friendships, and the legacy of betrayal or imagined betrayal. There were lots of satisfying moments in this book but the ending was the cherry on the cake, and I feel like I let out a sigh of relief when everything came crashing down once again. To promote her new number-one bestseller, she's written an essay about her sexual awakening as a teenager with her best friend, Lisa. Her books are bestsellers, she set up a 'spiritual' lifestyle brand Shakti, her podcasts regularly top the charts and there has even been a Netflix documentary about her.

But then – years since they last spoke – Lisa gets in touch to say that she doesn’t remember it that way at all. While she was 40 years old, it was obvious that she had never let go of some things from her childhood (namely not being chosen as 'the one' by the boy she liked). The essay goes viral but when her best friend Lisa contacts her to say that she remembers things about that night very differently, who is telling the truth? I did enjoy it, it has some interesting insights into those trials by social media we see all the time - and I read it over a couple of sittings it was gripping.We’ve seen plenty of stories of successful white men being accused of sexual assault, so seeing it from a female perspective could have been interesting.

As I said, I can see why some people would enjoy this novel but I am sorry, I just can't recommend it. When a sniper leaves Ben Hope’s friend fighting for his life, the former SAS major declares war on the men responsible. Louise O'Neill exposes the contradictions and quandaries of influencer culture with her usual perceptiveness. The protagonist is a hot mess but yet there's also something so charismatic about her that you can't peel yourself away from.We so often label women “unlikable” (or even less polite terms) simply for being strident, forthright, assertive, etc. She’s on the cusp of a major discovery: the location of the lost Babylon idol, a golden statue of immeasurable value. A strange book to review and although am giving it lower marks they are good lower marks if makes sense, an unsettlingly unable to pigeon hole book that would recommend you read if you want to shake up your mind a bit! The story centers on a holier than thou guru and the house of cards that social media and online celebrities/influencers appear to often live in.

I do think that the novel could have been cut back a little as I started to glaze over as I read certain chapters.Samantha recently penned an essay about a formative sexual experience with her best friend and the essay went viral. Whether or not we root out the Sam Millers of the game is immaterial so long as the game itself continues to exist. We all have hidden, secret sides to our personalities that we don’t want to share, but some are darker than others. It is one of those stories where you will love then hate then pity then hate some characters as the story progresses in the present day but also as the truth emerges over what happened all those years ago.

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