Mia Haas has built a life for herself far from the North Dakota town where she grew up, but when she receives word that her twin brother is missing, she’s forced to return home. Once hailed as the golden boy of their small town, Lucas Haas disappeared the same day the body of one of his high school students is pulled from the river. Trying to wrap her head around the rumors of Lucas’s affair with the teen, and unable to reconcile the media’s portrayal of Lucas as a murderer with her own memories of him, Mia is desperate to find another suspect.
“All the while, she wonders, if he’s innocent, why did he run?
As Mia reevaluates their difficult, shared history and launches her own investigation into the grisly murder, she uncovers secrets that could exonerate Lucas—or seal his fate. In a small town where everyone’s history is intertwined, Mia will be forced to confront her own demons, placing her right in the killer’s crosshairs.”
When Philippa at Titan books sent me the press release for this book and asked if I wanted to be part of the Blog Tour I jumped at the chance! The book blurb sounded right up my street, and look the cover! Look at that pretty blue cover 😍. OK, I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but this one is so pretty 😍. Anyway, I got stuck right in and it was clear from early on that Follow Me Down is going to be a big hitter in 2017. This book has every component needed to make the perfect psychological thriller! A great combination of misdirection, twists and turns, and flawed characters, all tightly woven together to make this slow burning mystery one you will not be able to put down.
Again we have the running thriller theme of small town girl who gets murdered, but the author did a great job going above and beyond the usual stereotypes that this theme so often presents. All the loose ends were tied up neatly at the end, I felt as if everything came together and I had no unanswered questions. Set in a little town in North Dakota, the scene is set perfectly as one of those places where everyone knows each others business, and idle gossip spreads like wildfire. Mia can’t accept her twin brother would have an affair with a student, let alone murder her, but she seems to be the only one of this opinion. So Mia takes it upon herself to prove his innocence, but the further she delves in, the more she discovers things that she really didn’t want to find out.
Mia is a classically flawed character. She is perfectly imperfect. I loved her occupation and how it was also her Achilles heel. All the characters were multi-layered, every layer that was pulled back revealed something deeper. I wanted to believe in Lucas, wanted to believe in his innocence and that belief kept me going throughout. I was questioning everyone and everything as I had no idea who to trust at times.
The plot is carefully planned out and skillfully executed with all the intertwined threads coming together perfectly at the end. When it eventually came to the final reveal I was astonished, it’s not often a book can fool me, but this one did!
Follow Me Down is a dark, twisted mystery that will mess with your head and keep you guessing until the end. Overall rating five fantastic stars. Thanks to Sherri Smith and Philippa Ward at Titan books for my advanced reader copy and chance to be a part of this amazing Blog Tour.