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Now Following You – A Chilling & Suspense Filled Read

Recently, I was contacted by local South African author, Fiona Snyckers, to read and review her book, Now Following You.

Now Following You is a clever, chilling and compelling read, which deals skilfully with relevant issues – most notably, the power social media gives to stalkers and others who intend harm. Jamie Burchell is a digital native – social media comes as naturally to her as breathing. She Instagrams, tweets and Facebooks her every move. Then a stalker starts using social media to track her movements. As his behaviour escalates, so does her fear. But her blog has never been more popular. The fans can’t get enough of reading about her stalker. She is closer than ever to achieving her dream of becoming a writer. Should she take herself offline, or should she refuse to be intimidated? Soon the stalker starts threatening the people she cares about. But now it’s too late for Jamie to go offline – he’s already following her in real life.

The theme of the book, which takes a look into how social media affects our lives and at times our safety, couldn’t have been more relevant to me, given recent events in the mommy blogger community, which you can read about here and given that I myself have been the victim of online trolling and stalking, certainly not to the level that the main character of the book, Jamie, experienced, but mine lasted years and at time left me emotional, scared and second guessing every move I made online. 

I really enjoyed the book, which has a little bit of everything, including romance and suspense and because it’s set in Johannesburg, it was fun to be able to identify and picture the places that Jamie mentions in her story.

Through Jamie’s story and experience, the book tackles so many issues relevant to today’s modern life, from cross racial adoption, to the effects of social media on our lives, victim blaming and the claiming of our own lives in spite of what may be happening around us but in a highly entertaining way.  It’s a thought provoking, intelligent and entertaining read which sucked me in from the first pages because so much of who Jamie is as a person was very identifiable to me as a blogger and social media addict. 

You can buy a hard copy of the book at all leading book stores, or online at Takealot, Raru or Loot.

Or for your Kindle here:

 

Disclaimer – I was sent a copy of the book by the author for the purpose of this review.

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5 Comments

  • Reply abbyonestilettoatatime

    This book sounds so good!

    April 17, 2017 at 11:15 am
    • Reply Sharon

      It was a surprisingly entertaining & thought provoking read.

      April 17, 2017 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply Natalie Jorgensen

    Hi Sharon, how do you balance work,life,kids,house,etc and reading? I love to read..but sometimes I get so obsessed with the story that I neglect other things/people. When do you read and when do you stop? How long does it take for you to finish a book? I’m a new reader and can finish up to 2 books in one week…but….other things/people in my life are suffering….Do you have any tips for me? thanks so much, Natalie

    April 19, 2017 at 11:21 am
    • Reply Sharon

      It’s tough! For sure! I usually give myself 20 minutes of down time with a cup of coffee and my book when I get home from work. It helps me shift gears and switch from employee to mom, but it can be quite interrupted with my kids. And then after dinner, once I’m done with bath time and clean up, I usually read for an hour or two while my husband watches TV. I’m not really a TV watcher so I prefer to read. Also, I’m an early bird, I get up before 5am everyday and usually read with a cup of coffee then to before everyone wakes up. I just love books too much to give them up. I also take about a week to read a book and I’m ok with that!

      April 19, 2017 at 11:28 am
      • Reply Natalie Jorgensen

        Thank you so much! I will have to just make it work! x

        April 19, 2017 at 12:15 pm

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