Book Review // The Follower by Koethi Zan

The Follower by Koethi Zan
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Release Date: 23rd February 2017
Buy: Paperback | Kindle
What They Say:

Julie has the perfect life

A kind boyfriend, loving parents and good grades. She has everything ahead of her.

Cora’s life is a nightmare

A psychopath for a husband, a violent father and a terrible secret. There’s no way out.

But one night, their worlds collide

Locked in an isolated house together, they must work out what has happened – and who they can trust to set them free.

From the bestselling author of The Never List, this is a breath-taking new thriller about the wife of a kidnapper and her relationship with his last victim.

The Follower is one of those books you just know is going to be creepy as soon as you start it. JUST LOOK AT THE COVER, FOR GOD’S SAKE. It’s downright creepy. Now, at first, I was a bit wary. Primarily because the way Julie is introduced doesn’t exactly lend her any sympathy. “Julie’s life was f*****g perfect,” is the opening line; and I was just like WELL BULLY FOR YOU. Then I felt some kind of smug satisfaction that she got kidnapped like YES. That’s what you get for being a bragging mare. I know, I’m a terrible person, it’s fine, I know. Then it got worse, because there seemed to be religious undertones and I was like, “What have I got myself into?” I am not a religious person, I don’t like it in my books, and unless it’s Castiel in Supernatural, I am not interested, thank you. But this book is so much more than the sum of its moments, it’s more than Julie’s “perfect” life, or Cora’s husbands beliefs.

As it turned out, I actually really enjoyed The Follower. It was as creepy as I expected, I actually love books about kidnappings, because the relationships that can form between kidnapper and kidnapped (kidnapee? I have no idea) is so intriguing to me. There is so, so much to this novel. It’s like an onion. Just as you peel one layer, there’s another and another and another and you never know where it’s going to stop.

Koethi Zan is a fantastic writer. She gets right into the heart of her characters, and even though I had my reservations going in, they soon dispersed. The Follower was an incredible read, with characters you can’t quite believe are real, but you know they are, somewhere in the world; a plot that I had no idea where it was going to go and other, little plots that when it joins together to the big reveal is exquisite. This is a top notch thriller and after the phenomenal success of Koethi’s first novel, The Never List, I can see this one being just as big, you watch.


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