Title & Author: Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger
Genre: YA- Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: June 6th 2017
Series: Follow Me back #1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: ARC via Publisher
Description: Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…
Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.
When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…
Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
I’m not a huge reader of mystery or thrillers. So imagine my surprise when I saw this book taking the bookish community by storm. It seemed the reviews were generally mixed. Some hated the way mental illness was represented, others praised how unique and interesting it was. This review is completely my own opinion. It does not stem from the author or the ideas of other reviewers. If you take offense to this review please know that was not my intent nor does my review reflect on anyone with mental illness. It is my own opinion solely about the book and it’s plot and characters. Which are fiction. That being said, let’s dive right in!
I’m going to be breaking this book down in parts. The first is the physical and generally what potential buyers will see. The cover is gorgeous and mysterious. Seriously, just look at that thing. It’s what drew me in the first time I saw it on Netgalley. The second thing that caught my eye was the blurb on how the author was a Wattpad user. I love Wattpad.
The story format was really unique. At least to me. I realize a lot of authors are trying to break the mold and use interesting formats and I for one am excited! I like having that extra piece to the story. Especially user participation story’s like Cathy’s Key: If Found 650-266-8202. This story isn‘t user participation, but it almost felt like I was part of the story, helping uncover what really went on.
The story itself was this twisting, thrilling ride of distorted perception. We get bits and pieces of each side but is it everything? Do we really know whats going on in each others heads? There was times when the suspense and dread dragged me along (I don’t like suspenseful stuff, it gives my anxiety a field day) but at the same time I wanted to know what happened. Overall it was a thrilling roller-coaster ride. I thought the way some things were represented were really well done, while others were in the realm of “I’m not sure.” I’m not an expert or suffer from what Tessa has, so I can’t judge how it was represented. I do feel like the author did a lot of research. Whether that was represented throughout the whole book is another matter.
Would I buy this book? Maybe. Possibly if a flash ale went on in ebook format. Not something I would want to take up space on my shelf though.
Would I recommend it? Those that like suspense and don’t mind reading about certain topics, yes. All others proceed with caution.
Would I re-read it? I want to read the next book to see what happens so I might need a re-fresher when that happens. We will see.