A review by nietzschesghost
Everything About You by Heather Child


I am a real sucker for thrillers with a technological edge to them so when this novel appeared on NetGalley I couldn't resist! The synopsis is what drew me in initially as it sounded like my perfect cup of tea! As the world of technology advances and brands continues to flourish more and more books are using tech as inspiration for some fabulous thrillers based wholly or in part on Twitter, Facebook, the dark web, dating agencies etc. One recent title being Friend Request by Laura Marshall, a book based on the protagonist receiving a friend request on Facebook from a girl she believed to be dead.

So, did it live up to my high expectations? Yes, apart from some minor points it most certainly did. What intrigued me further about this one was that it was set in a future where virtual assistants map every inch of your life. This speculative tech intertwines with Freya's search for her missing sister and soon the lines between fiction and reality blur into one.

I can't get enough of this niche and hope that many more titles continue to draw inspiration from the tech world. Everything You Know is believeable speculative fiction that may soon be anything but speculative given the rate of our advancements. It's a rather scary thought!

An intelligent and thoroughly engaging techno-thriller that is well written and plotted. Imaginitive, creepy and emotionally resonant - feelings that are more varied than most books can manage. A great debut from Heather Child, I loved it! In the authors bio it states she is a "communications professional whose work on digital marketing has brought her into close contact with the cutting-edge automation and personalisation technologies that herald the 'big data' age". I would imagine that this experience and knowledge has helped to make the book sound and I hope that the author will continue to use her expertise to write in a similar vein in the future.


I would like to thank Little Brown Book Group, Heather Child and NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.