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'Totally addictive' JUNO DAWSON

'Completely riveting' FABULOUS

'Glamorous, surprising' MARIAN KEYES

'Utterly gripping. Unsettling' LUCY FOLEY

'An absolute page turner' CECILIA AHERN

Samantha Miller is everything her fans want to be. Her three million followers hang on her every word - she's an oracle, telling them how to be their best, true selves.

To promote her new number-one bestseller, she's written an essay about her sexual awakening as a teenager with her best friend, Lisa. She's never told a soul, now she's telling the world.

But Lisa's memory of that night is far darker.

It's Sam's word against Lisa's - so whose 'truth' is really a lie?

'Darkly delicious' ELIZABETH DAY

'Compulsive, brilliant' ABIGAIL DEAN

'Utterly compelling' HOLLY BOURNE

'Clever and beautifully crafted'

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"An absolute page turner; addictive and refreshingly twisted." - Cecelia Ahern

"IDOL is such a cleverly constructed novel, taking a scalpel to the superficiality of social media and the wellness industry. O'Neill writes so perceptively about adolescent friendships, toxic relationships, and how our personal truths can be littered with self-delusion. It's a timely story - a morality tale for the Instagram generation - and all the more compelling for it." - Hannah Beckerman

"IDOL is utterly compelling and totally fearless. I literally had to ban myself from reading it after 8pm as I couldn't sleep otherwise. Louise isn't afraid to grasp nettles and IDOL is a confronting exploration of toxic female friendships, consent, and the gross hypocrisy of influencer culture. Destined to be rightly huge. It will take a long time to get these characters out of my head." - Holly Bourne

"Electrifying. I devoured IDOL in two greedy gulps - it is so smartly and sharply observed. It's going to stay with me for a long, long time - Louise's writing is so compelling, gripping and addictive." - Daisy Buchanan

"Compulsive, disturbing and totally addictive, I couldn't put IDOL down. No-one writes the dark extremes of womanhood like Louise O'Neill and I think this might be her best novel yet." - Juno Dawson

"IDOL is darkly delicious and asks important questions of fame, influence, self-help and what it really means when we click 'follow'. Louise O'Neill is one of those rare authors whose writing grips you from the first page, but who also makes you think. I will read anything she writes." - Elizabeth Day

"Brutal, compulsive, brilliant. Louise O'Neill exposes the contradictions and quandaries of influencer culture with her usual perceptiveness." - Abigail Dean

"By turns utterly gripping and unsettling, this gorgeously written novel is a fascinating look at the ills of influencer culture. A book for our times." - Lucy Foley

"O'Neill continues to push at the murk around contemporary taboos, shining a compassionate and compelling light on what drives our appearance-obsessed society, marking us all as complicit. IDOL is a gripping, shocking read I could not put down." - Kiran Millwood Hargrave

"Fresh, glamorous, and suprising. Dazzles us before revealling the darkness at its heart." - Marian Keyes

"Idol is sharp, unflinching and timely, and made me question what's real in a world where likes and clicks matter more than ever. It's a book that dazzles and mesmerises, and will linger in your thoughts long after you finish reading." - Cressida McLaughlin

"Idol is Louise O'Neill at the very top of her game. This is a clever, zeitgiesty read, which will play with your emotions as if they were scrabble tiles and give you characters that you love then hate on the turn of a page but you won't be able to stop reading. This is going to be one of the most talked about books of the year." - Sarra Manning

"I don't think I've ever enjoyed hating a character as much as I hated Samantha Miller. This fierce tale of toxic female friendship is unlike anything I have read. Highly original, unflinching and with a devilishly dark conclusion, I loved every page of it." - Liz Nugent

"Sharp and sharply plotted, muscular, propulsive, visceral. So good on illusion and self-delusion; the lies we tell ourselves and each other; the damage of toxic friendships, and the legacy of betrayal or imagined betrayal. There were phrases that stopped me in my tracks, they resonated so hard. I hope it flies far higher than Samantha Miller." - Sarah Vaughan

"I'm completely in awe of what Louise O'Neill has done with this brilliant and riveting book. Idol is absolutely astonishing. It's one of those rare novels you desperately want to eke out - to make it last forever - but then can't help yourself rushing through, staying up all night to finish. It's so well-written and pacy, I was literally breathless for the last 100 pages." - Lucy Vine

"As an author I am envious of the incredible achievement IDOL is, but as a reader I am so thankful for the three days of page-turning reading it provided. Sophisticated, gripping and compulsive, I couldn't tear through the pages fast enough. I was just so desperate to find out what happened! I'd even go as far to say that IDOL is my book of the year. This is going to be massive." - Laura Jane Williams

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