REVIEW – Follow Me by Kathleen Barber

Expected publication: February 25, 2020 by Gallery Books

 

I gravitate towards books that have anything to do with social media so there was no doubt I was going to be reading this book.

“What doesn’t kill you makes you more interesting”

Audrey Miller is a popular Instagrammer. She loves sharing her life with her many followers. Audrey has just moved to Washington, DC to start her dream job as Social Media Manager at the Hirshhorn Museum. Her friend Cat invites her to stay in her guest room but Audrey declines. Cat is nice but she has always been too needy. Plus Audrey already found a place to live. She found an ad on Craigslist and after speaking with the landlady on the phone, she said she would take it…UNSEEN! “How bad could it be?”  It won’t be long before Audrey regrets that decision.

Cat has always felt like Audrey’s friendship saved her. However, Cat is the complete opposite of Audrey, she doesn’t even have an Instagram account. Cat wants to become partner at the law firm where she works. Now that Audrey is in town, Cat has been going out a lot more and her work begins to suffer. But Cat feels like Audrey needs her right now. She feels like Audrey would do the same thing for her. At least that’s what she tells herself.

Lately, Audrey has been feeling like someone is watching her but tells herself that it is just her imagination. She is working on a social media campaign for a new exhibit called “The Life and Death of Rosalind Rose”. If she does well this could mean a terrific promotion. But when strange things start happening we have to wonder if life could be imitating art.

Someone IS obsessed with Audrey. This person has been following everything she does online. He knows almost everything about her. NOW he thinks he’s found a way to keep an even closer eye on Audrey.

 

This was a compelling and cautionary tale.

Cover up your webcam!

The story is told from multiple points of view. We hear from Cat, Audrey, and “HIM”.  I liked the alternating points of view. The story was gripping and I finished it in just a few sittings. This is a fictional story so there are definitely some over-the-top moments. However, I thought this was a very entertaining and thought-provoking read. If I hadn’t done it already, this book would have me jumping to cover up all of the webcams in my home.

I’m currently watching the TV series “Truth Be Told” which is based on the author’s previous novel “Are You Sleeping”.  I think this book would make an excellent movie/TV series too!

A fascinating and terrifying story about friendship, love, obsession, and jealousy.

I’d like to thank Gallery Books and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

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