Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Review of Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

Here is a June, 2017 release I can't wait to recommend. This is a sweet romance between Tessa, a girl suffering from agoraphobia after a mysterious traumatic event, and Eric, a pop star who's afraid of the obsessive tendencies of his fans. They "meet" on Twitter when Tessa has a fangirl post about Eric trend, and Eric is trying to figure out a way to torpedo his success to get out of the restrictions placed on him by his recording contract. Though their initial contact is negative, before long they are confiding their fears and problems with one another. Problem is, Tessa doesn't really know that she's communicating with Eric as he's using a pseudonymous account. Oh, that, and the fact that Tessa's and Eric's paranoias are grounded in a very real danger.

I read this book in less than 24 hours, rooting for Tessa to overcome her phobia and Eric to come clean and tell her who he really is. The format really adds to the tense, fast pace as the story is told not just in 3rd person narrative but uses interspersed police interviews and transcripts of tweets and DM's. Toward the climax the tension amps up as Eric realizes Tessa is in real danger. Then, just when everything resolves beautifully-BAM-cliffhanger, and teaser setting up the plot for what happens in book two. Well-written, with a villain that I wasn't looking for, but that totally made sense after the reveal, and a red herring that I assume will be book two's villain. I really appreciated how realistic the story felt, with Twitter so prominent and the consideration of the follies of being a teen idol. I highly recommend this story for anyone who loves contemporary YA romance and thrillers. 5 stars!

Disclosure: I received a copy from Net Galley in return for an honest review.