Follow Me – Kathleen Barber

three stars black
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Pages: 294
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: February 25, 2020

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.

 

Follow Me follows Audrey as she moves to DC to accept a job at the Smithsonian as a social media manger. Her million plus followers on her personal account makes her more than qualified for the position. Things take a dark turn when she finds her front door unlocked, scratching sounds outside her window, and footsteps outside her bedroom door. Someone starts stalking her and she doesn’t know who it could be.

Follow Me will pointedly ask readers to examine their own social media presence and ask some basic security questions. Follow Me is a fictional yet cautionary tale about the internet and the people we let into our lives.

Follow Me has a You by Caroline Kepnes feel. Readers get multiple perspectives with one of them being the stalker. The stalker perspective is creepy and dark, but lacks the charisma and charm that Joe from You has making it hard to sympathize with the stalker. If you’re looking for something similar to You, Follow Me may do the trick but it lacks that creepy charm. Instead, Follow Me is more of your standard thriller/stalker story.

Audrey is only slightly annoying. She’s vapid, egocentric, and off-putting at times. She’s a stereotypical Instagram influencer with little to no spatial awareness. There were times I rolled my eyes at her obliviousness, but I didn’t dislike her.

Overall, Follow Me is another stalker story that isn’t bad, but doesn’t necessarily stand up with the best of them. It’s a quick read that’ll make you question all the characters motivations until the final reveal.

***I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.

 

Have you read Follow Me? What did you think?

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