Shame on You ★★★★
Amy Heydenrych, Bonnier, R270
This darkly humorous debut by South African writer Amy Heydenrych looks at the way social media can be manipulated and how it can turn around and bite you. Holly is a star blogger. Thin, sexy, fit and beautiful. Every woman wants to be just like her. So what is her claim to fame? She “cured” her breast cancer through healthy eating and her legion of followers are lapping it up and doing as she does. She’s published recipe books, has sponsorships and a business empire. But when she is attacked in the street by a stranger who slashes her face with a scalpel, her world starts to crumble. Is she living a lie? This soapie thriller gets more intriguing with every revelation the characters have about their online and offline lives.