Title: Follow Me
Author: Kathleen Barber
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: February 25, 2020
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Source: Digital ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley
This is an interesting and twisty little story that will make you pause before you share your next post on social media.
Audrey is an Instagram influencer, sharing ever bit of her life on social media. At least all the polished, ready for photos parts of her life. Outside of the frame of the photo her life is far more messy. Audrey lands the job of her dreams working as the social media manager for a big museum, but it requires her to move from her beloved NYC to Washington DC. Though she’s lived in NYC for the last ten years, she quickly realizes she has some connections in Washington DC including Cat, her friend from college and fellow sorority sister, and Nick, her ex-boyfriend who she occasionally hooks up with.
Throughout the story we get multiple perspectives: Audrey, Cat, and a person known only as Him. He is a male who is obsessed with Audrey and has read and followed every bit of her online life for years. He also happens to live in DC, which works in his favor as he believes this is fate.
As we learn about each of the characters we find out they all have secrets including Cat, who is now an attorney, trying to get a promotion at work and putting all of her energy into work. But when Audrey comes into her life she has more reason to focus on her social life and the man in her firm she has a crush on.
Everyone’s lives become intertwined and this story will keep you guessing until the very end. And, as I said in the beginning of my review, it will really make you think about not only what you’re putting out on social media for the world to see, but it also makes you think more about the camera in your computer and who may be watching on the other end. Definitely a creepy little thriller that I recommend to anyone who loves the genre.
Thank you so much to Gallery Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book!
Synopsis: 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.
Kathleen Barber’s electrifying new thriller will have you scrambling to cover your webcam and digital footprints.
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