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There are many times in the book where Edwards has redundant lines that are in dire need of some editing. Example: "As he stared out of the photo, I stared back. It felt like he was looking right at me. Into me. And as I stared at the photo, I recognized him. I'd seen him before". The writing is this laughable.
Other times Edwards tries to have an explanation for every single detail in the plot. To me, this is the easiest way to kill suspense for the reader. An example of this: "I stooped to pick it up. It was an iPhone. That was weird. Laura never had an iPhone. She didn't like Apple products, had lectured me about how their treatment of workers in China was abhorrent. Why did she have one?" Okay okay we get it- the phone you found isn't Laura's. But why drive the point home with Laura not only not owning an iPhone but Laura having strong feelings about NOT having an iPhone. And Edwards does this throughout the book. It made me cringe.
Also (this is the main reason I hated this book) Edwards has the last 50 pages or so just being dialogue between the characters explaining
EVERYTHING about the plot. He literally has the "bad guy" talk to the protagonists about how he was able to get away with doing his "bad guy" stuff. Cheesy, cheesy, cheesy. I think Edwards constructed a ridiculous (and boring) plot that required too much explanation to be scary.
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So after reading the reviews I decided to give this a go.
The start was interesting and indeed had you quite hooked, but when they returned home, things became frustrating and annoying tbh, especially their. relationship and the way they couldn't seem to communicate with themselves or others.
For that it became a bit of a chore to read the rest.
Was the story good, yes!
Was it scary? Not remotely.....
I'm not going to write what frustrated me about this book, but it did make me annoyed to a degree that I had to make myself finish it!
I think the book started REALLY well and it was intriguing and mysterious.
I also found the flipping between points in time and chapters a bit frustrating, of course some people love that, but it's not for me!
It hasn't put me off the author though and after reading 2 stories on Afghanistan I am now reading "because she loves me" by the same author! Fingers crossed! :-)
I liked the fact that this one was initially set in a foreign country because it made the events that followed all the more bone-chillingly terrifying (as well as making the title very apt). The plot was intricately woven, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that I had to put together to make a complete picture. I was constantly questioning how all the characters and stories were connected and revelation after shocking revelation kept me on the edge of my seat. Even after the main plot was over, I was still shocked right up until the last few words. I still feel that Daniel and Laura's story is not over, which is great because the story will remain in my head; I will be thinking every now and then of possible theories of how the rest of their lives will play out after the events in Follow You Home.
I would recommend this book - as well as all Edwards' other novels - to those who enjoy mystery thrillers. I am really looking forward to his latest work, The Devil's Work.
The way he writes is very atmospheric, You are right there in those creepy woods with Dan and Laura.
This was the best thriller I've read in a long time.
And even I , an avid mystery fan , was left reeling by the completely unexpected ending !