Follow Me by Kathleen Barber
ebook, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by Gallery Books and Simon & Schuster Canada
About the Book:
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.
Being recognized like some sort of celebrity was the best high I’d ever experienced.
I was really enjoying this book until the mid-way point when Cat started to get on my nerves. She is a high-powered lawyer, going for partnership in her firm, yet she is written as a meek little mouse. She had little to no backbone and was such a whiner!
The writing was well done and the plot-line was pretty great, until the predicable, unbelievable and disappointing ending. The story is told from three points of view and two of the narrations are very engaging. One almost feels like being inside the protagonist’ head. But it wasn't enough to push it to four stars.
Bottom line, I'd give this a soft pass...If you like psychological thrillers about web influencers and followers I recommend Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth.
Thank you NetGalley, Kathleen Barber, Gallery Books and Simon & Schuster Canada for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.