Follow Me Down


How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously read by the same author:
Heart-Shaped Bruise


Critically acclaimed author Tanya Byrne returns with a dark, compulsive tale of obsession and betrayal.

First love. Last lie.

When Adamma Okomma has to leave her glossy high school in New York for a dusty English boarding school, she thinks it’s the end of the world – or the end of her social life, at least.

Then she meets the wicked-witted Scarlett Chiltern, who shows her all of Crofton College’s darkest corners and Adamma realises that there’s much more to her new school than tartan skirts and hockey sticks.

She and Scarlett become inseparable, but when they fall for the same guy, the battle lines are firmly drawn.

Adamma gets the guy but loses her best friend. Then, when Scarlett runs away, Adamma finds herself caught up in something far more sinister than a messy love triangle. Adamma always knew that Scarlett had her secrets, but some secrets are too big to keep and this one will change all of their lives forever.


I thoroughly enjoyed Heart-Shaped Bruise when I read it last year. In fact, I was completely blown away by it. I knew I just had to read the next book by Tanya Byrne. I went into reading Follow Me Down with some trepidation, but I’m happy to say, it’s a fantastic read. Tanya Byrne is certainly becoming one of my auto-buy writers. I can’t recommend her books enough!

Follow Me Down is a story about Adamma Okomma, who is sent to Crofton College when her parents move to England. Adamma soon makes friends with Scarlett Chilton, who is Queen Bee at the boarding school. Scarlett hold some dark secrets which Adamma soon becomes privy to. Adamma begins to hold secrets of her own.

Given the synopsis, I was fully expecting Follow Me Down to be about your typical love triangle in a school setting. I admit, I was disappointed that there was a love triangle. They’re becoming far too common in young adult reads. However, I also have to admit I was wrong. It’s a love triangle with a difference. I should’ve known that Tanya Byrne wouldn’t write a typical love triangle. There’s so much more to it than meets the eye.

I liked how the narration was set out. It’s told in Before and After timelines. It’s helpful to have these headings as it’s easy to keep track of what was happening. I became a bit frustrated… I kept thinking ‘After what?!’ I just had to keep reading to work out what on earth was going on.

I didn’t really predict what was going to happen in the book. I was suspicious of several characters, but didn’t quite twig who the culprit was. I’m glad to say he was one of the ones I thought it might have been.

I think the reason why I haven’t gave this book a five star, was that the use of ‘he’ confused me quite a bit. I understand that this was probably the point of the book though. It didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book, it just frustrated me at times.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course! 4.5 stars!

Reading next:
The Girl With A Clock For A Heart- Peter Swanson

8 thoughts on “Follow Me Down

  1. I’ve not heard of this book or this author before, but I love the sound of it 🙂 And I’ve really been into mysteries lately, so I’ll definitely have to look more into this book. Great review! Even though I don’t like love triangles, I’m curious to see what you’re talking about when you say it’s not a typical one.

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  2. I like how this book has a more original love triangle, I just did a post ranting about how generic they seem to be getting in YA. I haven’t read any of this author’s books but this one sounds pretty good!

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