Follow Me Down, the debut thriller by Sherri Smith, had been on my radar for a few months. When I found out that Chevy Stevens, my newest author obsession, gave a blurb on the front cover of this one, I knew I had to move it to the top of my TBR pile.
So I did. And I am thrilled to say that this was an excellent choice (plus it was a CJS reads pick)!
The novel opens with Mia, a struggling addict with a less than stellar childhood, receiving a call from the police. A teenage girl is dead. Her twin brother (Lucas) is missing. And he is the suspect at large. Mia, trusting in her brother’s innocence, rushes home (back to her small town life) to try to find him and clear his name while addressing her own past demons.
I found Mia, our central character and the novel’s narrator, to be an incredibly likeable character. She was strong willed and stuck to her guns. She was also very damaged and clearly held on to a lot of trauma from her childhood. I loved watching her tenacity throughout the plot. I don’t have a twin, but I do have two brothers, so I felt connected to her as she fought for her sibling.
To be honest, I was finding around the midway point that this one was a little lacklustre for me, I was engaged in the story and I found that I read it easily but not much stood out for me…until the end. That’s when Sherri Smith flipped a switch and suddenly, the brilliance of her narrative came to life. That ending came out of left field for me! It was absolutely riveting. The last one hundred pages flew by and I turned the last page feeling breathless.
As I always do when I am reading a book, I did a little research on the author and I was incredibly impressed to find out that Smith had previously written two historical fiction novels and then she came out with this?? The ability to switch gears and write with such diversity, that is raw talent. AND she lives in Canada! Needless to say, hello new author obsession!!
If you want something that is easy to read, a little bit lighter but still packing a killer punch, I would definitely consider this one as your next choice! I’m calling this as something to bring to the beach and lazily enjoy.
Can’t wait to see what she will write next! Mark your calendars because this one releases next week (March 21, 2017). I give it a 4/5 stars.
And be sure to look out for our group review next week for #cjsreads!