Author: Kathleen Barber
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publication Date: February 25, 2020
Book Description: Everyone wants new followers…until they follow you home.
Audrey Miller has an enviable new job at the Smithsonian, a body by reformer Pilates, an apartment door with a broken lock, and hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers to bear witness to it all. Having just moved to Washington, DC, Audrey busies herself impressing her new boss, interacting with her online fan base, and staving off a creepy upstairs neighbor with the help of the only two people she knows in town: an ex-boyfriend she can’t stay away from and a sorority sister with a high-powered job and a mysterious past.
But Audrey’s faulty door may be the least of her security concerns. Unbeknownst to her, her move has brought her within striking distance of someone who’s obsessively followed her social media presence for years—from her first WordPress blog to her most recent Instagram Story. No longer content to simply follow her carefully curated life from a distance, he consults the dark web for advice on how to make Audrey his and his alone. In his quest to win her heart, nothing is off-limits—and nothing is private.
With “compelling, suspenseful” (Liz Nugent) prose, Kathleen Barber’s electrifying new thriller will have you scrambling to cover your webcam and digital footprints.
Rating: 2 1/2 stars
Review: In a time where several books with social media themes coming out Follow Me falls short especially in comparison with The Followers coming out so recently.
This is a multi point of view story, where you will meet Audrey (a social media influencer), Cat (the awkward roommate from college), and a character referred to as Him (STALKER). Audrey moves to DC when accepting a new job which happens to be where Cat lives. As soon as Audrey movesand reconnects with Cat, strange things start to happen to Audrey.
This won’t be an overly long review, as I don’t want to give anything away especially on a thriller, but let’s just say this was actually not much of a thriller. This felt very tired, and really there was nothing spectacular in this story. It was a fairly quick read, with short chapters. I kept waiting for a twist and it just was not there. It is extremely readable book, but just missing that something special.
Thank you NetGalley and Gallery Books for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.