Follow You Home
by Mark Edwards
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.
Daniel and Laura are travelling around Europe. On the Romanian leg of their journey they have an horrific experience which ends their trip and sees them back in London and unable to continue their relationship.
The two agree never to speak of what happened but as events take them over and other people are fatally drawn into the horror, they are forced to face what happened head on.
Daniel is a likeable character and as the book is told mostly from his point of view we live the ordeal through him. He turns to drink to try to cope with not only what he saw in Romania and losing his girlfriend but also the fact that someone or something has followed them home. Daniel recruits the services of Edward Rooney, a private investigator, and the two characters work well together.
Laura is much more of an enigma, as Daniel tells most of the story we don’t get to know her nearly as well. We know that whatever happened has affected her deeply and she has closed herself off not wanting to confront her demons.
I was very much looking forward to this book having read Because She Loves Me and absolutely loving that, and whilst it was chilling in places and I enjoyed Daniel’s character, I felt the book as a whole fell a little short. The lengthy ‘we can’t tell anyone anything’ mantra of the first half of the book began to lose any tension that it may have had at the start and just became annoying. When we did eventually find out what had happened the thought that struck me was that there could not be any reason that justified not speaking about it and at the end I still felt that.
I would still say to anyone considering the book to definitely read it, it has many good elements about it, it just didn’t work overall for me. But it has garnered many many 4 and 5 star reviews and, not for the first time, I am in a minority of about one.
Thanks to the publisher, Thomas & Mercer, for sending me a copy via Netgalley.