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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
What It Seems by Emily Bleeker is a psychological thriller. Tara is 20 years old. At just 8, she was adopted by a foster mother intent on controlling her life. Tara didn’t see much of the world – punished for just about anything, she spent her time watching online videos showing the Feely Family. Taking the internet by storm, the family shows off an affectionate side and Tara is drawn in by them. Then comes the opportunity of a lifetime – Tara is invited to intern with the family. She accepts, eager to escape her miserable existence. Defying her mother, she joins the family but soon finds things are not what they seem. As the secrets begin to unfold, the show grows in popularity and that means more viewers. Tara feels that her mother is one of those viewers and she’s just waiting. Can Tara ever escape?
What It Seems by Emily Bleeker is an interesting story with a unique plotline. There was plenty of action and the story brings out quite a bit of emotion, with abuse and PTSD. You think that the family the main protagonist interns with is going to be evil, hiding deep dark secrets, but it’s someone else you have to watch. The characters were strongly developed, quite likable, although there will be times when you want to shake Tara. That’s the way the character is written and it fits with the story. The pace is steady and you will want Tara to win out over her demons. It didn’t have as much suspense as I would like in a psychological thriller. However, it is a good story and it will keep you reading on until the end.