Tanya Byrne’s debut, Heart-Shaped Bruise, was on of my favourite reads of 2012 and a book that quickly found its place to my all-time favourites shelf. Therefore it was with excitement and trepidation I began to read her next novel, Follow Me Down. I needn’t have been worried.
Follow Me Down tells the story of Adamma, daughter of a Nigerian diplomat, who has just moved to London from New York. She begins to attend Croften College, an exclusive boarding school, and is drawn to Scarlett. Scarlett is confident, wild and beautiful and soon takes her under her wing. However when Adamma falls for Scarlett’s boyfriend everything changes. Then Scarlett goes missing and Adamma has to find out what has happened. However as truths come out, she realises Scarlett had more than one enemy.
Follow Me Down kept me guessing throughout; I have to confess I worked out a twist fairly early on, though kept questioning myself and wondering if that was the path Byrne was going on at all. Byrne masterfully narrates two concurrent timelines and this is something that could have easily gone wrong, but in Byrne’s hands works wonderfully and helps build the mystery and questions.
There are so many things I loved about Follow Me Down; Adamma was a great narrator and I really loved how she developed throughout the book. Follow Me Down is a book that does not flinch – it isn’t afraid to go down a troubling path and it makes you question characters, notions and plots. It is beautifully written, poignant and simultaneously exciting. The entire cast of characters are three-dimensional rather than just constructs and I adored so many of them. Dominic was fantastic and often a highlight of scenes, Adamma’s enigmatic teacher and an investigating police officer also were fantastic characters and additions to the story.
Follow Me Down cements Tanya Byrne as one of the UKYA authors that simply must be read. I cannot wait for her next book.I received a free proof copy from Headline publishing for my honest reviewing purposes. Follow Me Down will be released this Thursday and is not a book to be missed!