- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Orion (July 19, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752873520
- ISBN-13: 978-0752873527
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,682,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book defies convention from the git-go. Starr begins things slowly, almost agonizingly so, setting up his main characters and a few secondary ones with a minimum of flash before he begins to tantalizingly disrobe their psyches. The main story ebbs and flows around Katie Porter and Peter Wells. Porter is from a small New England town, an administrative assistant fresh out of college living in Manhattan and working for a financial PR agency. But her life, as she is rapidly discovering, is neither as exciting nor as fulfilling as she thought it would be. Wells is a few years older than Porter, from the same small town, and also living in Manhattan. He is in love with her and has their life together planned out to the last nuance; he sets up a chance meeting, starts finding reasons to run into her, and slowly begins interjecting himself into her life.
No one is going to stop Porter's Peter Pan boyfriend (least of all Andy Barnett), who seems as bent on seducing everyone who moves (provided they meet his careful and exacting standards) as he is on convincing Porter to offer him the marble peach. Porter, however, is not exactly blameless.Read more ›
She felt fat & ran to do pilates & crunches after a bagel with sun dried tomato spread. For real?
The character of the boyfriend I really don't give a damn about and can't empathize with the man. Anal sex as a primary goal in any relationship? Really?
Cruel as it is to say, as I've dealt with a few of these characters & the people whose lives they wreck, the stalker has more going for him intellectually and as far as emotional maturity than anyone so far in this book. Warped as his mindset is, making marriage and baby and memory plans with the protagonist before they've been on their first date, at least he wants something in life more profound than rutting or staring at peoples' various physical features and flaws.
I'm truly struggling to give a darn about much of anyone in the book. I may or may not finish it, and may or may not read any more of Jason Starr's works.
THE FOLLOWER is a dark tale about Katie Porter, and the man who stalks her, Peter Wells. Just one warning: Parents--you may never let your children move into their own apartment in Manhattan after you read this!
Starr does an excellent job of portraying single life amongst the 20-somethings living on the Upper East Side of Manhattan--and then skewering it. I loved the irony of how Katie's creepy stalker, Peter, actually has many of the things that Katie would want in a man--the expensive co-op apartment, the big bank account, and the subtle good looks. Starr is making a powerful statement about single life in New York City, what we think we want, and what we deserve to get.
I was highly entertained by this book, and you will be, too. It was the first Jason Starr novel that I've ever read, and I will be back to read more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent. Had everything a great book has. My new favorite author!Published 3 months ago by Lynette
This is surely the blandest, lamest thriller I ever got my hands on. I should have stopped after the first chapter, but thought it might give me a clue as to why some writers write... Read morePublished on August 7, 2011 by Susi Schw.
After reading Jason's previous novel, Lights Out, it is easy to say that The Follower has the same thematic concerns as the former, but it's increasingly clear that Jason wasn't... Read morePublished on September 3, 2010 by Cai Yixin Jeremy
I've always enjoyed Jason Starr's work. This book perhaps wasn't as strong as some of his previous books, but nonetheless it's an enjoyable read and a great noir journey.Published on July 14, 2009 by Crown
Noir, nasty, mean and of course funny, I think!
Another Starr page turner that drops you in the middle of Manhattan and the strange world of dating and "hooking up". Read more
The Follower is a gripping, fast-paced thriller from start to finish and Starr's writing has a very unique satirical edge--you will be terrified and laughing simultaneously. Read morePublished on January 4, 2009 by Dr. Bernard Starr
Starr's The Follower is marketed as doing for dating what Jaws did for swimming. Other than both having a main character (the shark - Jaws) (Katie - The Follower) that obviously... Read morePublished on February 5, 2008 by James N Simpson
There is no character development, no credible premise, not a single memorable sentence, and no irony in sight.Published on January 25, 2008 by Cristina Sanmartín
The cover of The Follower describes it as a thriller, and when the inside jacket revealed that it's about a woman being stalked, I thought that this might be a reasonably... Read morePublished on January 13, 2008 by Lleu Christopher