Becca Rothfeld

Savage aperçus: Fake Accounts, by Lauren Oyler, reviewed

The scathing critic finally produces a novel of her own, centring on truth, lies and internet secrets — and, like many hotly anticipated debuts, it is only OK

Lauren Oyler. Credit: Pete Voelker

Lauren Oyler is viral and vicious. A critic with a reputation for pulling no punches, she is known for delivering refreshingly sane judgments of overhyped, commercially successful books. She is not alone in her ruthlessness — there are a number of critics who are at least equally ferocious about deflating promotional balloons, among them Merve Emre and Christian Lorentzen — but she is the hater who makes the greatest waves on the internet.

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