The Influencers – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Influencers

Author:- S.V. Leonard

No. of pages:- 276 pages

Date published:- will be published on March 10th 2022

Genre:- Thriller

Rating:- 4/5 stars

A filter can hide all manner of secrets…

When budding true crime blogger Maggie Shaw is invited to the Influencer of the Year awards, it feels like everything is finally falling into place. The party is held on a glamorous yacht and presents the perfect opportunity for Maggie to network – the first step towards achieving her dream of turning her hobby into a full-time job. But by the end of the night, there’s one question on everybody’s lips: who killed Stella Knight?

Stella was beautiful and famous. Her life appeared to be perfect. But behind the façade, Stella had made a number of enemies – and all of them were on board.

A page-turning crime thriller, perfect for fans of Catherine Cooper and Lucy Foley.

Maggie Shaw is a budding blogger and gets invited to a high profile award show, with a party held in a glamorous yatch. While trying to gain connections, the party soon turns to a nightmare when a famous blogger Stella Knight was found murdered. Maggie along with another blogger must find who killed Stella Knight.

The story first started slow and I was slightly bored. The story is mainly told from Maggie’s perspectives as Maggie is determined to find out who killed the infamous blogger. I felt like I was watching some soap opera crime drama show with all those wannabe rich people and bloggers who wanted to be recognized. But despite the flaws, the writing was good and the author did a good job of drawing the reader into the story. But towards the end, the story started getting more interesting and…yes the reason my initial 3 star rating bumped up to a 4 star rating was the ending! The ending was completely unexpected and I was literally flabbergasted!

So as I mentioned, the ending in this book was really good despite the fact that the story started slow, not very fast paced and not much of twists and turns. Worth four stars in my opinion!

Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

S. V. Leonard grew up in the little coastal town of Formby, a suburb of Liverpool. She studied Classics at Oxford University and has been lucky enough to live in Australia, Poland, and Malaysia. She is now based in London. When not writing, she can be found breaking out of escape rooms; doing historical walking tours of London; or drinking wine.

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