Review: The Influencer by Miranda Rijks

The Influencer by Miranda Rijks

4.5 of 5 stars

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…

The Influencer – the stunning psychological thriller from Miranda Rijks, author of The Visitors, The Arrangement, and Roses are Red.

Book Review:

Such a good, sharp story that, along with building a tight story line, illuminates the world of influencers, of which I do have some knowledge, but it was still nice to see it laid out with such dry humor. This is the first book I've read by Miranda Rijks - she really writes well, and I'll definitely be picking up more of her books.
 
A psychological thriller which is my current favorite genre and I'm so glad there are so many fab books coming out in this genre. The Influencer is a worthy addition to this list.
 
Skye is basically nuts but such a well written character who seems likeable at first, even though you know from the blurb that she's a headcase. I really liked her, even for all her crazy. She was really focused on her goals and that sort of determination is commendable. The character development in this book is just brilliant.
 
The two narratives from Nathan's and Skye's POV, and the two timelines of past and present day Skye made this story really interesting, and the narrative was super tight and intriguing.
This book had all the things I look for and love - a crisp story line, well written dialogues, and fleshed out characters, though I would have liked to see more of Marie.
 
At one point I thought something in particular was the twist, then I thought no it's probably not that, it's something else - point is the author kept me guessing and it wasn't that easily predictable. Even though the twist was what I thought in the first place, a suspense that keeps you second guessing yourself is always awesome, especially if, like me, you enjoy mysteries.
 
I read this book in a matter of days. It was definitely engaging and I really enjoyed reading it. The story gets more and more intense as you proceed and you'll keep coming back to it whenever you're free during the day. I know I did.
 
The ending was something I definitely did not expect, and the last chapter was just wow.
 
The Influencer is a book that keeps you interested and intrigued, with a crisp narrative and great character development. The story unfolds so smoothly and escalates so quickly that you don't even realize when it began to spiral. It's a train going too fast and taking you with it, but not one that has a risk of veering off track. No, Miranda Rijks is too skilled for that. Just fantastic.

Thank you to Inkubator Books and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

*A review copy was provided to Oh Just Books by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* 


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