A captivating, slow-burn, supernatural mystery/thriller,
This review is from: Follow (Paperback)Pam Gardner’s life seems to be falling apart. Her husband cheated on her and she lost her baby in a car accident. But that may not be the worst part: she seems to be going insane. Pam is hearing things, seeing shapes in dark shadows, and receiving visits from several women (including her best friend Lily) who may have met bad ends, and she thinks someone is trying to kill her. Is it all in her mind? And why do the voices keep telling her to “open the door”?
I can say one thing about A.J. Matthews (pseudonym of Rick Hautala) after reading “Follow”: this guy knows how to build tension. From the very first page the suspense is building, the mystery is getting thicker, and the confusion deeper. You can cut the tension in “Follow” with a knife. Pam Gardner is in a frightened, confused state of mind through most of the book and Matthews puts us right there in the seat with her for every moment. This is an extremely well written book. I can’t remember reading any supernatural mystery-thrillers more engrossing than “Follow”.
My only gripe is the ending. Without giving away too much (this is a mystery after all), Matthews leaves a lot of unanswered questions at the end of “Follow”. Don’t misunderstand, it’s obvious Matthews did this on purpose and his ending makes good sense, but it left me feeling a little unfulfilled. What’s the fun in building a great mystery and not having it wrapped up nicely in the end?
This book is a great, slow burn mystery. The general idea driving “Follow” isn’t new but, with a few curveballs thrown in and captivating storytelling, Matthews has pulled off a must-read supernatural thriller.