Title: Fan Club
Author: Erin Mayer
Publication Date: October 26, 2021
Page Count: 315
My rating: 2 stars
About the book:
In this raucous psychological thriller, a disillusioned millennial joins a cliquey fan club, only to discover that the group is bound together by something darker than devotion
Day after day our narrator searches for meaning beyond her vacuous job at a women’s lifestyle website—entering text into a computer system while she watches their beauty editor unwrap box after box of perfectly packaged bits of happiness. Then, one night at a dive bar, she hears a message in the newest single by international pop star Adriana Argento, and she is struck. Soon she loses herself to the online fandom, a community whose members feverishly track Adriana’s every move.
When a colleague notices her obsession, she’s invited to join an enigmatic group of adult Adriana superfans who call themselves the Ivies and worship her music in witchy candlelit listening parties. As the narrator becomes more entrenched in the group, she gets closer to uncovering the sinister secrets that bind them together—while simultaneously losing her grip on reality.
With caustic wit and hypnotic writing, this unsparingly critical thrill ride through millennial life examines all that is wrong in our celebrity-obsessed internet age, and how easy it is to lose yourself in it.
Fan Club by Erin Mayer is a thriller novel. This story is for the millennial generation with the main character being of that generation dealing with the drone of day to day life. With little hope of her own happiness our narrator becomes obsessed with a celebrity, Adriana, and finds herself caught up in a fan club dedicated to her new obsession.
Now as my two stars rating suggests I wasn’t exactly a fan of Fan Club by Erin Mayer which I wondered if perhaps was because I was older than the generation involved in the story and just didn’t get it so to speak. What I got out of this one was the depressing drone of the day to day life and not much thrill in the thriller side of the obsession. I’ve seen some glowing reviews on this one so I’d say give it a go for yourself but I had a hard time pushing to finish the book and not pick up something else instead.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Erin Mayer is a freelance writer and editor based in Maine. Her work has appeared in Business Insider, Man Repeller, Literary Hub, and others. She was previously an associate fashion and beauty editor at Bustle.
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