The page-turning psychological thriller from the author of #1 bestsellers The Magpies and Because She Loves Me.Published by Thomas & Mercer on June 30th 2015
It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, a final adventure before settling down. But after a perfect start, an encounter with a young couple on a night train forces Daniel and Laura to cut their dream trip short and flee home.
Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk about what happened that night. But as they try to fit into their old lives again, they realise they are in terrible danger—and that their nightmare is just beginning…
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Speculative Fiction, Thriller
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This was… an interesting read. It’s actually kind of hard to classify (I like my classifications, dang it), because it starts out as a psychological horror story and halfway through morphs into something more like a crime thriller. The shift makes perfect sense in the context of the story, but I felt like it changed into an entirely different book, and some of the dread it had built up in me as I read suffered for it.
I really like, though, the structure of the novel. Daniel and Laura witness something unspeakably horrible in the forest of Romania, and the novel starts out with Daniel narrating the lead up to this horror. But when it actually comes time to tell the reader what they saw? The narration cuts away to months later, when their lives have fallen apart as a result of the psychological damage from what they witnessed. What actually happened in the forest is revealed in bits and pieces as Daniel tries to come to terms with it as well as with the strange things that keep happening in his life.
I sometimes complain about first person point of view in books, but in Follow You Home, I think it’s a really effective way to tell the story. Edwards plays with unreliable narrators (most of the book is in Daniel’s first person POV, but chapters occasionally switch into third person from other characters) incredibly effectively, and the narratorial unreliability plays perfectly into the idea that sometimes you can’t trust your own mind and perception of things. You never quite know if you should trust what the characters are telling you because even they aren’t sure if what they think happened actually happened.
Follow You Home is a twisty, disturbing read, but for me, it suffered a bit by building up a little too much horror for me, and when the story is finally told, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. That may be more my fault as a reader than the book’s fault, but my reading experience still suffered a bit for it. That’s not to say I don’t think it’s a good read; the narrative structure and unreliable narration keep you guessing constantly, and I felt Edwards really wrapped up all of the seemingly disparate plot threads very neatly. I just built things up a little too much in my own head.
There are major plot spoilers in the content warning.