Follow You Home by Mark Edwards

imageIt 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…

Where to start with Follow You Home – there are so many twists and turns it is hard to describe it without spoilers, which I always want to avoid.  It starts with a mid-30’s couple travelling across Europe and making the mistake of falling asleep on a train as they head into Romania.  This mistake leads to missing passports and their being thrown off the train into a dark night with no phone, no map, and no way of knowing where they are going. 

Jump forward three months, and the couple of home, living apart and scared of their own shadows.  Neither will tell anyone what happened that night, or talk to each other about it but, as Daniel is suffering from PTSD, you know it has to be bad.  And, with teasers, Edwards did a great job of making me, as a reader, want to know what happened next.  Before I knew it, I was turning pages at a rate of knots, desperate to know.

Then, something happened.  About halfway through I realised I wasn’t quite sure what was going on and where the story was going.  Now, with the types of books I read, this shouldn’t be a problem.  I am used to stories that take sharp turns and like to leave me confused with red herrings.  But here, it pulled me out of the story and I started to pick.  I found I could no longer suspend belief (which, again,  I often have to do) and it became impossible for me to fall back into the book, even though I really wanted to.

I don’t think it helped that I didn’t like Laura or Daniel that much, especially when I found out their secret and how they had behaved (which I thought was pretty badly).  I always find it hard to care about a book when I don’t care about the characters.  But there was just one plot twist too many too.  And there was one point where I just thought “seriously”.  Instead of turning the pages in anticipation, I was turning them to get to the end.

I know I am probably in the minority here – that Edward’s books get rave reviews from a lot of my favourite bloggers – but this one just didn’t do it for me.  That doesn’t mean it was all bad.  As I said, the first half was compelling and there was plenty of tension there that kept me reading.  And it wasn’t the writing style that put me off as I thought it was well written, with different voices coming in to shed their secrets and move the plot along.  It really was that there was one plot twist too many for me.  Sorry!

Emma x

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Source: Purchased
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Format: ebook
Published: 30th June, 2015
Pages: 400
Find on: Amazon UK / Amazon US / Goodreads

 

 

14 comments
  1. oh too bad it didn’t live up to the expectations! It did sound so good!

    1. I know…but I have a feeling I’m in the minority.

  2. It’s hard when your not liking the characters to really get into a book, I do like the sounds of this so I will put it on my wishlist. 🙂

    1. It is. And as with all things what works for one doesn’t work for someone else and I know he has a Lot of fans x

  3. I have to like at least one of the characters, someone for whom to root….so this one would be hard for me to handle. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Me too. If the plot is just right I can get over it but the rest of the book has to be perfect, which it wasn’t here.

  4. I have a copy of this and one of my closest friends is a huge Mark Edwards fan – it’s not that I don’t rate his writing but it doesn’t quite strike the same chord in me as it does in her, which I think is simply a preference in style.

    1. I think you are right and I know a lot of people really rate him but for me it just didn’t work. Horses for courses I guess.

  5. I think I’ll pass on this one. The premise is intriguing but I was worried just reading the blurb that it would get a little muddy so I was waiting for your review. I’m glad I did! I don’t have to like the characters if I’m so caught up in the plot that I can’t wait to see what happens but when I have neither and I’m a bit confused the book usually ends up being a DNF.

    1. It has to be a really good book for me to enjoy it but not like the characters. And this just wasn’t good enough.

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  7. Bummer there were too many plot twists to make this work for you.

    1. I know. I don’t know if I’ll try another now?

  8. […] Follow You Home by Mark Edwards, which I really, Really, REALLY, wanted to like but lost the plot with (literally as well as figuratively).  By the half way point I had no idea what was going on there were so many twists and turns.  The liked a little rating is because the first half was very good. […]

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