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NetGalley- thanks to Quercus Books
It was crazy really, she had never met the woman, had no idea of her real name but she thought of her as a friend. Or, at least, the closest thing she had to a friend in Dublin.
Struggling with a new baby, Yvonne turns to netmammy, an online forum for mothers, for support. Drawn into a world of new friends, she spends increasing amounts of time online and volunteers more and more information about herself.
When one of her new friends goes offline, Yvonne thinks something is wrong, but dismisses her fears. After all, does she really know this woman?
But when the body of a young woman with striking similarities to Yvonne’s missing friend is found, Yvonne realises that they’re all in terrifying danger. Can she persuade Sergeant Claire Boyle, herself about to go on maternity leave, to take her fears seriously?
I thought this book was an interesting and very relevant read to the modern day generation. All too often people are putting too much information about themselves on the internet, forgetting how much can be seen by so many people. Can Anybody Help Me? explores a terrible consequence of revealing too much information online.
The characters in this book use an online forum called Netmammy to gain help from fellow mothers. Many new mothers do turn to the internet for help and I know myself (although not from a mother’s perspective) how easy it is to find information and read other’s experiences on internet forums. If you talk to these people day in and day out, you really feel like you know them. The truth is… you don’t really. Anyone could hide behind a computer screen and you never really know who you’re talking to. I liked that Can Anybody Help Me? showed the dangers of the internet.
Can Anybody Help Me? comes together nicely (although I did begin to guess what was happening, it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story) and the writing is good. It’s got a good pace, and is a mix of forum posts and narration from different perspectives. It took me a while to get used to the different characters, but once I did, I found myself reading it quickly!
I would definitely read more from this author!
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