#BlogTour #FollowMeDown @TitanBooks @SL_Smith_
Hello and welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith, a brand new thriller from Titan Books.
A bit about the book…
Mia never intended to go home again, but has no choice when her twin brother goes missing. Back to the people she left behind, the person she used to be, and the secrets she thought she’d buried. Her brother Lucas, a popular teacher, has disappeared on the same day as the murdered body of one of his students was pulled from the river. Trying to wrap her head around the rumors of Lucas’s affair with the teenager, and unable to reconcile the media’s vicious portrayal of Lucas with her own memories of him, Mia is desperate to find another suspect.
All the while, she wonders, if he’s innocent, why did he run?
Sherri Smith has previously written two historical fiction novels with Simon & Schuster UK. When not writing, she spends time with her family and two rescue dogs, and restores vintage furniture that would otherwise be destined for the dump. She lives in Winnipeg, Canada, where the long, cold winters nurture her dark side.
Paperback: 400 pages
Published: Titan Books, 21 March 2017
My thoughts on the book…
Whilst living in Chicago and working as a pharmacist, Mia Haas gets an out of the blue phone call from the police in her hometown – her twin brother Lucas has gone missing and is the prime suspect in a gory murder case. In a flash, Mia is thrown back into small-town life and is forced to search for her brother to prove his innocence, whilst also having to confront her demons head on; tackling everything from her complex relationship with her mother, to her underlying pill addiction.
Throughout, Smith’s writing is pacy and evocative giving you a feel for how oppressive small-town life can be. Police corruption is rife in Follow Me Down; the chief sides with the richest, most powerful family in town, but on this occasion all the wealth in the world can’t buy them the verdict they believe to be true.
Follow Me Down leads the reader on a dark path through Mia’s screwed-up mind alongside the unwinding murder case; I liked how well-developed she was as a character, both gritty and flawed. Alongside Lucas’ disappearance there was a parallel storyline examining Mia’s relationship with her brain-damaged, alcoholic mother, which added another dimension to the book.
About half way through, I really thought I’d cracked the conclusion, but boy-oh-boy was I wrong. All-in-all, Follow Me Down is a thriller that really packs a punch, it is full of twists and turns, with multiple storylines woven together culminating in one epic ending.
Give this a go if you like: fast-paced thrillers full of secrets or intricate mysteries
As part of my stop on the #FollowMeDown blog tour, I’m also pleased to be able to share an extract from the book with you, which will be up later this afternoon and up until 7th April you can see more from the other bloggers on the tour. Info below: