Review: Shame on You by Amy Heydenrych

shame on you



You think you know her . . .

Meet Holly.

Social media sensation. The face of clean eating.

Everyone loves her. Everyone wants to be her.

Or do they?

When Holly is attacked by a man she’s only just met, her life starts to spiral out of control.

Was she targeted because of her online wellness empire, or is there a darker reason behind the attack? He seemed to know her – but she doesn’t know him.

Or does she?

What if Holly isn’t who she seems to be? What if Holly’s living a lie?

But surely we all lie a bit online, don’t we . . ?


My initial thoughts of this book were very high but as the story went on, I thought the author spent too much time trying to teach us a lesson about our presence on social media and not enough time creating a fun and thrilling story.

This novel begins with a captivating and gruesome first chapter which is exactly what drew me into this one in the first place. I was expecting the same kind of story to continue all the way through, however I was let down. For me, there wasn’t enough excitement in this novel… the “twists” were predictable and I felt that the story lacked shocks and thrills. This was one of those books that’s trying so hard to teach the readers a lesson – this one being that we need to stop caring so much about what other people think of us on social media – that the actual plot gets left behind and we’re left with a mediocre, preachy book.

I really liked the idea of the story in this one, however, as I’ve already mentioned, all the the bits that could have been shocking turned out to be extremely predictable when I think there could have been some really great ways to make this sinister and dark.

As for writing, I thought the quality of it was very good. Heydenrych has a eloquent way of writing and her character building was very well done. I really felt like we got to know Holly, Tyler, and even Zanna, really well. It was easy to step into their shoes and take on their personalities and feelings. What I liked in this novel is that I found both of the main characters unlikable but I was still intrigued as to how their interactions would play out.

However, looking at the writing as a whole book, I did find the amount of repetition in this one annoying. So many chapters felt like a tedious repetition of the last… I got pretty sick of reading how terrified Holly was of Tyler and how happy all the attention on her Instagram made her, and I got bored of reading how much Tyler hated Holly and how much he missed Frankie. There wasn’t enough to differentiate each chapter from the one before so it felt like a bit of a Groundhog day.

Although I have all these negative opinions on this book, I didn’t hate it… I did find it quite gripping at times. There was enough in the book to keep me entertained to finish it and I did enjoy the characters even if I felt Holly was very annoyingly self-pitying.

I think this book will work well for other readers who are into something a little less twisty & turny, but for me, it didn’t quite quench my thirst for a thrill-ride read.

*Buy it here: Amazon UK | Book Depository 

Thanks to Readers First for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review!

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