Follow You Home by Mark Edwards is a book I purchased out of sheer boredom while waiting in line to board a transatlantic flight and I can honestly say it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. In this psychological thriller, Laura and Daniel are on a backpacking trip across Europe that is supposed to act as “one last hurrah” before they settle down and start a family. However, on the Romanian leg of their journey, everything goes terribly awry. They are thrown off a sleeper train in the middle of the Romanian countryside and as they struggle to make their way to the nearest town, they stumble across something in the forest that changes their lives as they know it.
This book gives new meaning to the term “page turner,” as Edwards keeps the reader guessing until the very last page of the novel (literally). Just when you think you’ve worked out how this complex web of characters stretching from London to Romania all fits together, or when you’ve convinced yourself that the characters have absolutely lost their minds, everything changes and becomes even darker and more twisted than you could ever possibly imagine. Even the most seemingly irrelevant supporting characters are brilliantly intertwined into this terrifying experience that has followed Laura and Daniel home to London.
Furthermore, what truly sets Follow You Home apart from other psychological thrillers is the fact that amidst all the drama and suspense, Edwards weaves in a love story that is unconventional, but organic. Given the circumstances, their love for each other has the potential to be a bit overdramatic and unrealistic. However, Laura and Daniel’s love story was a perfect portrayal of two people trying to navigate both their PTSD and their love for each other and serves as the grounding force of this rollercoaster of a novel.
If you’re looking for a novel that will grab your attention and keep you on the edge of your seat for 300+ pages, look no further. Follow You Home was truly a great read and I will definitely be adding Mark Edwards’ other works to my ever-growing reading list.