Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith

Follow Me Down

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Macmillan

Synopsis:

Mia Haas has built a life for herself far from the North Dakota town where she grew up, but when she receives word that her twin brother is missing, she’s forced to return home. Once hailed as the golden boy of their small town, Lucas Haas disappeared the same day the body of one of his high school students is pulled from the river. Trying to wrap her head around the rumors of Lucas’s affair with the teen, and unable to reconcile the media’s portrayal of Lucas as a murderer with her own memories of him, Mia is desperate to find another suspect.

All the while, she wonders, if he’s innocent, why did he run?

As Mia reevaluates their difficult, shared history and launches her own investigation into the grisly murder, she uncovers secrets that could exonerate Lucas—or seal his fate. In a small town where everyone’s history is intertwined, Mia will be forced to confront her own demons, placing her right in the killer’s crosshairs.

Thoughts:

This book’s synopsis immediately grabbed me. It won’t be a surprise to many, to know that I really enjoy a thriller. I have read so many in the genre so I feel that every single time I pick up this genre, it has a lot to live up to. I really enjoyed Follow Me Down. I didn’t find it overly predictable or cliche like so many thrillers are becoming.

Follow Me Down centres around Mia who hasn’t had the easiest of childhoods. She struggles with an addiction to pills. Out of the blue, Mia receives a phone call from the police. Her twin brother, Lucas, is suspected of killing a teenage girl. He’s gone missing which certainly makes him a person of interest. Mia is convinced that her brother is innocent, so goes back to her small town to try and clear his name.

I really liked Mia from the start. I loved her determination to prove her brother’s innocence, despite some evidence not being stacked in her favour. I also really appreciated how Mia wasn’t a perfect, flawless character. Mia was carrying a lot of trauma from her childhood and was really trying to make life better for herself.

The reason why I haven’t given this book a four star rating is because it got a little slow towards the middle of the story. Don’t get me wrong, it was easy to read, but nothing really kept me gripped besides my desire to find out whether Lucas was guilty or not. The pace does pick up towards the end, so I would definitely recommend staying with it. I enjoyed Sherri Smith’s writing and I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up another book from her!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes- 3.5 stars

A decent thriller. It may not be the most fast paced, but it’ll keep you guessing!

Follow Me Down

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously read by the same author:
Heart-Shaped Bruise

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

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