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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

REVIEW: The Social Affair by Britney King @britneyking_

The Social Affair
by Britney King

Beyond thrilled to have received an early copy of this psychological thriller by one of the kindest people I know.. and someone I'm happy to call a friend.  See what I thought of this 5 Star read below! And stay tuned for a post tomorrow, RELEASE DAY, that includes a giveaway - you're going to want to try for a chance to win this book - TRUST ME!

Thank you so much to Britney for this copy! 🖤

Publisher:  Self Published
Publishing: January 18, 2018
Pages: 289
Genres:  Psychological Thriller

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A timeless, perfect couple waltzes into the small coffee shop where Izzy Lewis works. Instantly enamored, she does what she always does in situations like these: she searches them out on social media.

Just like that—with the tap of a screen— she’s given a front row seat to the Dunns’ picturesque life. This time, she’s certain she’s found what she’s been searching for. This time, she'll go to whatever lengths it takes to ensure she gets it right—even if this means doing the unthinkable.

Intense and original, The Social Affair is a disturbing psychological thriller that explores what can happen when privacy is traded for convenience.

My Review:

Part Cult.  Part Stalker. Utterly addicting.

It's always a little nerve wracking when someone you consider your friend gives you the honor of reading an early release copy of her book.  However, I've read her before so I was 99.9% sure I was going to love this new standalone novel and guess what?  I DO!

Izzy leads a worker's life.  She barely makes rent, hardly has an appetite and still mourning the death of Jake, she makes bad decisions and just trudges through day to day.  That is, until Josie and Grant Dunn walk into the coffee shop she works at.  This gorgeous couple is everything she dreams of.  As she's prone to do, she scours Instalook and maxes out her credit cards buying things those with a large social media presence promote.  As she starts stalking Josie, she decides she needs to immerse her life into Josie's... and nothing is going to stop her.

Josie and Grant appear to be the perfect couple  As long as she adhere's to the rules, her life runs smoothly.  Beautiful house, clothes, jewelry and a successful surgeon of a husband.  Add two kids and what could possibly be wrong with this picture?  A LOT. The question is, is there a way out of it?

I love anything that's even remotely cultish and bringing in New Hope church and the Dunns' involvement within this culture was creepy and intriguing to learn about.  What I really liked was King's incorporation of modern day stalking.  In the real world, we can pretty much look into the lives of anyone with any social media presence - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.. and in this book, Instalook.  The representation of Josie constantly posting, hashtagging and continually checking her phone for how many likes she received, how to engage her followers, etc. was extremely realistic.  It also goes to show, again, how what you see on the internet isn't always a true representation of what happens behind closed doors.  After all, we all want people to think we are happy, right?  Just how much of your self esteem comes from your online presence?

Then there's the ending - I truly did NOT see that coming and that is always such a nice surprise.  EEK - it's Britney, bitch!  She got me! At under 300 pages, this book really packs a punch.  Throughout my read I had some questions... but then they all got answered and I am completely satisfied with this.  Having read prior work, I'm not surprised in the slightest.  And here's a fun fact - her books all interconnect in one way or another.  See if you can figure out how. 😉

Put this on your TBR and thank me later. 

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