Book Review : HEARTSTREAM By Tom Pollock

From the Author of White Rabbit, Red Wolf comes the Black Mirror-esque world of Heartstream.

Cat can’t quite believe her luck when she starts dating a member of one of the biggest bands in the UK. But the fandom can’t know – they would eat her alive. First to the table would definitely be her best friend, Evie.

Heartstring is a social media app that allows you to broadcast your own and feel other people’s emotions through patches connected to your head. Amy broadcasted every moment of her mother’s degenerative illness and her grief following her death and gained quite a following.

It’s reality TV like you’d never imagined. But on the day of Amy’s mum funeral, Amy gets back to find a stranger in her kitchen. Is she a crazed fan and why is she rigged explosives…?

This is a psychological thriller that will have your heart-pulsing, palms sweating and mind-racing about society today and our use of social media and technology.

Tom Pollock touches on how social media has affected our mental health, how we communicate and express ourselves where we can share our most intimate feelings with strangers. There are millions upon millions of us following vloggers and bloggers and Twitchers and Instagrammers, loving them deeply, sometimes even feverishly, without them even knowing we exist.

Reading this book was a total insight into how dangerous it can be to overshare in social media, you can inspire people but at times create a fandom with (CWS) Compulsive Worship Syndrome. I was fascinated with both characters Amy and Cat, there’s a build up with Amy entertaining a crazed fan and then there’s Cat situation of having to keep a secret. I was hooked on what the outcome for these two girls would be and I definitely wasn’t disappointed with the ending. It’s an easy read, keep an eye out for the release 4th July 2019.

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