Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith
|Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith|
|Reviewer: Zoe Morris|
|Summary: One twin missing, one twin trying to put the puzzle pieces back together, this is an unusual small town thriller.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 400||Date: March 2017|
|Publisher: Titan Books|
Mia is done with the small town she grew up in, but it only takes one phone call to bring her back. Her twin brother Lucas is missing and, worse still, has been implicated in the death of one of his students. Without him there to speak for himself it becomes her job to defend his reputation while trying to get to the bottom of everything that has gone on.
Psychological thrillers are having a moment, and this has all the ingredients for a winner with an intriguing, keep-you-guessing plot full of dark moments, revelations and secrets. We follow Mia as she tries to figure everything out and convince herself of her brother's innocence in the process, because whatever else is said, a girl is dead and someone, somewhere knows what happened. Moreover, someone knows who this girl is and why her relationship with Lucas goes further than just teacher and pupil.
This story is set over consecutive days as the Police search, and Mia's own investigations, progress. Even if there were such a thing as a simple whodunit, this is not it and Mia's digging opens old family wounds that she had fought long and hard to forget. It is also a story about how manipulative teenage girls can be and the trauma this can cause, and the drama that comes from living in a small town where everyone knows everyone…or do they?
I hate to say this because I enjoyed the plot and the characters but something about the writing, about the voice, was a little off for me. I found it hard to get into initially and even when I did the voices grated a little. It's not because they're American – I read enough US fiction to be used to this – but something about the language didn't comfort me. One chapter begins Wayoata's skate park was a run-down little embedded bowl not far from a grazing pasture – descriptive enough and yet not easily painting a picture in my mind. For this reason, I've docked a star, but would still say the book is well worth a look.
I'd like to thank the publishers for sending us a copy to review. The Ice Twins by SK Tremayne is another twin-themed thriller that is highly recommended. Younger readers might appreciate Minty by Christina Banach. We also liked The Missing Girl by Jenny Quintana.
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