The personal assistant A Novel

by Belle, Kimberly,

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USA TODAY bestselling author Kimberly Belle returns with a deeply addictive thriller exploring the dark side of the digital world when a mommy-blogger's assistant goes missing. When Alex first began posting unscripted family moments and motivational messages online, she had no intention of becoming an influencer. Overnight it seemed she'd amassed a huge following, and her hobby became a full-time job{u2014}one that was impossible to manage without her sharp-as-a-tack personal assistant, AC. But all the good-will of her followers turns toxic when one controversial post goes viral in the worst possible way. Alex reaches out to AC for damage control, but her assistant has gone silent. This young woman Alex trusted with all her secrets, who had access to her personal information and front row seats to the pressure points in her marriage and family life, is now missing and the police are looking to Alex and her husband for answers. As Alex digs into AC's identity {u2013} and a woman is found murdered {u2013} she'll find the greatest threat isn't online, but in her own living room. Written in alternating perspectives between Alex, her husband, and the mysterious AC, this juicy cat and mouse story will keep you guessing till the very end.
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Booklist Review: "Alex Hutchinson, aka UnapologeticallyAlex, is an Instagram influencer who just broke a million followers. Her twin 12-year-old daughters don't love that she makes her life so public, but her husband, Patrick, the girls' stepfather, is proud. Then someone posts a controversial video on UnapologeticallyAlex, one of Alex bashing a popular teen actress, and her assistant AC is nowhere to be found. Internet trolls descend, but losing followers is the least of Alex's problems. She is doxxed, fake photos appear online, and a dead body shows up in her carriage house office. The narrative alternates between Alex and Patrick each narrating their troubles and the story of Anna Claire, a motel maid who meets a man who promises to make all her money troubles go away. Soon it becomes clear that AC and Anna Claire are not the same person, leaving readers to wonder what the connection between the two stories is, which Belle (Stranger in the Lake, 2020) reveals in an explosive climax. This taut and twisty domestic thriller will keep readers guessing until the very end."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "At the start of this riveting thriller from Belle (My Darling Husband), Alex Hutchinson, an Instagram influencer known to her legion of fans as Unapologetically Alex, is overjoyed when the number of her followers hits one million. In a celebratory mood, she and her personal assistant, AC, whip out the tequila, and one drink leads to too many. The next morning, Alex finds that a vitriolic post denigrating a former Disney star-turned-scandal magnet has been uploaded to her social media platform. While Alex has indeed dissed the former actor in the privacy of her own home, she can't remember posting these thoughts for all to see. Within minutes, the trolls are out in force, and Alex and her family become the target of death threats. She calls AC to help with damage control, but the young woman has disappeared. As Alex searches for AC, every new piece of information suggests unexpected possibilities that leave readers reexamining what they have accepted as the truth. As Alex says, "perception is reality." This twisty, multilayered tale should win Belle new fans. Agent: Nikki Terpilowski, Holloway Literary. (Nov.)"
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Subjects Social media Fiction
Internet personalities Fiction
Missing persons Fiction
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Park Row Books,2022
Park Row Books2022
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience General adult.
Language English
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ISBN 9780369720429
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