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…
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!