Published by Thomas & Mercer on June 30th 2015
Genres: Death & Dying, Depression & Mental Illness, Mystery & Thriller
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It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, a final adventure before settling down.
After a perfect start, Daniel and Laura’s travels end abruptly when they are thrown off a night train in the middle of nowhere. To find their way back to civilisation, they must hike along the tracks through a forest…a haunting journey that ends in unimaginable terror.
Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk about what they saw that night. But as they try to fit back into their old lives, it becomes clear that their nightmare is just beginning…
Follow You Home is a chilling tale of secrets, lies and deadly consequences from the author of #1 bestsellers The Magpies and Because She Loves Me.
I need to read more psychological thrillers!
It’s funny because I had just finished reading a traditional romance story for the Genre Spotlight feature and wasn’t sure if I wanted to grab another one (then I saw some titles in the Kindle store and just couldn’t do it), but I did want something contemporary-ish. I normally never go to the Kindle store when I’m looking for books, but I was already in bed and decided to take a walk on the wild side.
For I am a rebel.
Anyway, I happened to see this book in the “we suggest” section and, though I haven’t read many, a psychological thriller sounded perfect for my indecisive mood.
I was right.
The story is hard for me to find words for because I don’t want to give anything away, but at the same time I want to talk about it (HA). There are some pretty intense subjects in this book, including mental health issues, suicide, and more I can’t mention without revealing the plot, and I thought it was done really well and certainly believable. Laura and Ben suffered from significant PTSD after what they experienced in the Romanian forest (I couldn’t stop thinking of The Cabin in the Woods movie anytime they referenced their trauma). The plot isn’t the same, of course, but it was a house in the forest where they were traumatized.
Laura in particular struggled with her issues during the book, and it’s because of Laura that I don’t rate this a solid 4 instead of 3 ½. It’s such a big spoiler that I’m not even going to tag it because whoever reads this should really just experience the story with her, but suffice to say that I didn’t care for the way she wrapped up the story. Even though it adds to the messed up-ness of everything. Ugh, it’s hard to figure out if it was brilliant or not, LOL. Probably brilliant, but it makes me feel bad.
Maybe this is a 4 for me after all.
Anyway, As far as the book itself goes I thought the writing was spot on and it was easy to lose myself alongside Daniel, and many times I caught myself not wanting to put the book down. I’m no expert in what makes a great psychological thriller but it seems to me that Mark Edwards is and I plan on reading more from him.