Book Review: One Click by Andrea Mara

When Lauren takes a photo of a stranger on a beach and shares it online, she has no idea what will come of that single click. Her daughters are surprised that she posted a photo without consent, but it’s only when she starts to get anonymous messages about the woman on the beach that she deletes the photo. It’s too little too late, and the messages escalate, prompting Lauren to confess to the woman. The woman has her own dark story, one that might explain the messages, but Lauren isn’t convinced. Then her ex-husband begins to harass her, telling her she shares too much online and brought this on herself. She’s also dealing with other problems. A difficult client at work starts to show up in places he shouldn’t be. Her younger daughter is behaving out of character and Lauren can’t work out what’s wrong. And the cracks are literally starting to show in her old South Dublin house.

Review

I’ve been collecting Andrea Mara’s books for a while now but haven’t read many of them yet (buying and reading books are two different hobbies). I was in a charity shop a few days ago and spotted for this and, for some reason, was compelled to read it right away.

I loved it! Such an intriguing read. One highlight of One Click is that the story is told by two strong females. Although they might not feel like heroes at times, I feel that both Lauren and Cleo are both quite admirable. The book jumps back and forth between both of them and each woman is equally as interesting.

The story is current without being too cheesy (although keep in mind this is not a brand new release). Its main premise is how dangerous social media can be. When something becomes trendy or part of our lives (think Covid), authors will jump on the topic and, unfortunately, it can sometimes feel too forced. However, this book is completely on point and very realistic.

Admittedly, if you really pushed, it can be hard to accept how some of the characters paths crossed. Still, it wasn’t enough to take away from the book and, in the end, I was surprised and satisfied by the ending.

Pick up your copy of One Click here.

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