2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 6 books toward her goal of 240 books.

Book Review: Follow Me by Kathleen Barber

Okay, is there anything more horrifying than the thought that some creepy low low-life could be watching and listening to everything you do without your even knowing it?? I don’t think so either, which is why this one intrigued me and repulsed me at the same time…

The book creeped me out and reinforced all of my negative opinions about the ridiculousness and dangers of oversharing on social media at the same time. The two main characters are, frankly, unlikable. Both Cat and Audrey are strange beasts, each in their own right. One suffers from a startling over-abundance of self-esteem and the other an equally startling under-. They are equally damaged and equally irritating – if in very different ways.

They were, neither of them, sympathetic to me at all.

But their story still resonated with me, even when their personalities rubbed me entirely the wrong way. I chalk that up to Barber’s storytelling, which was handled with a solid sense of pacing and misdirection that worked well given the subject matter. I can’t say it was one of my favorite books of the year, but I’m glad I read it. There were some genuine surprises, although things felt like they wrapped up a little tidily in the end. Still, I think it was a valuable read and kept me turning pages from the get-go.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my obligation-free review copy.

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