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Follow You Home av Mark Edwards
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Follow You Home (utgåvan 2015)

av Mark Edwards (Författare)

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"After a perfect start, Daniel and Laura's travels end abruptly when they are thrown off a night train in the middle of nowhere. To find their way back to civilisation, they must hike along the tracks through a forest. It's a haunting journey that ends in unimaginable terror. Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk about what they saw that night. But as they try to fit back into their old lives, it becomes clear that their nightmare is just beginning..." --P. [4] of cover.… (mer)
Medlem:ivconsack
Titel:Follow You Home
Författare:Mark Edwards (Författare)
Info:Thomas & Mercer (2015), 381 pages
Samlingar:Finished, Ditt bibliotek
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I did not enjoy this one. Almost a DNF.
NOTHING happens! Unlikeable characters, unbelievable plot, did not convince me at all.
I ended up annoyed. Not my kind of book.

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  RosangelaRopis | Jan 8, 2021 |
Man, I wish Goodreads had half-star options. I rounded up to a 4, but this was more of a 3.5 star read for me. This was my first time reading Mark Edwards, and there's a good chance I'll explore more of this work. I really enjoyed Follow You Home, but the first half to two-thirds of the book was more fun to read. It was much more frightening and unsettling than the rest.

I do my best not to include spoilers in my reviews, so I'll just say that my initial impression and idea of the book turned out to be incorrect. Had I been right, I think I would have rated the book higher and liked it more. That isn't to say that it's not a good book, because it definitely is - just not what I was expecting it to be, so my opinion was influenced by mild disappointment. In this case, that's the fault of the reader, not the writer, so I would absolutely still recommend this book to people looking for this type of book.

And now that I know what to expect of Edwards, I think I'll probably enjoy some of his other work more. ( )
  kiaweathersby | Sep 16, 2020 |
Maybe I need to be more patient.

Once I got the whole story I liked it. I got half way through and was still wondering what's going on, where it was going. This is my first read with Mr Edwards and I need to get familiar with his writing style and be patient enough to let my brain be teased a little. so the next book could be better. Also, I'm not a fan of what I would consider a generous use of the f-bomb by the characters I'm supposed to care about. I would recommend this book with that warning. ( )
  nkyates | Aug 9, 2020 |
Follow You Home starts out in a very creepy way. A young British couple, Daniel and Laura, are traveling through Europe. They decide to take a train to Romania, meet a creepy couple, have their passports stolen, and then get kicked off the train. Of course, they stumble through the dark Romanian woods, find a dilapidated house, and then something terrible happens that the reader will find out in a series of flashbacks. Once we get back to England, and before the flashbacks, we see a different Danial and Laura. They are now separated and he is living in a dingy apartment. Laura is staying with friends and planning to escape her nightmares by moving to Australia.

Most of the book is told from Daniel’s point of view and the author does a good job of utilizing the unreliable narrator perception. You never quite know if you should trust what the characters are telling you because even they aren’t sure if what they remember actually happened.

I felt like it slowed down quite a bit after a great beginning and lacked suspense. By the time the truth was revealed, I wasn't all that interested anymore. I'm a firm believer that a phone call to international authorities once the couple returned to England could have saved some lives. That being said, for the most part it was an enjoyable read, given it was a free book. I may try another book by this author sometime in the future.
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  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
The plot is gripping, it only gets 3 stars from me because I found a lot of it just to be to unbelievable ( )
  karenshann | Dec 31, 2019 |
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What happens in Romania...

To paraphrase Tolkien, “It’s a dangerous business going out your door, because there is no knowing where you might end up.” Some people thought that Tolkien was speaking of adventure, and some say that it was fear. In truth you can’t have one without the other, but for now, I am talking about fear, the fear of the unknown, and what might be lurking for you far from home, where no one knows your face or speaks your language. It’s an old and primal fear used to very good effect in Follow You Home by Mark Edwards.

Daniel and Laurel are a young professional couple who plan on settling in London, getting married and starting a family after they finish their backpack and hostel tour of Europe. Traveling by train through Romania, they meet a young native couple, Ion and Alina. Ion talks the couple into napping in a sleeper car for which they have no tickets. They are caught by guards, and discover that someone has stolen their passports, tickets and money. Along with Alina, who attempts to help them, are thrown out at a stop in the middle of nowhere. After being threatened by dogs the trio decide to walk along the tracks until they find a station where they can get help. Alina disappears, and the couple come upon a cottage in the woods so sinister that it might have come from a Grimm fairytale. Then something horrible happens.

I am not just avoiding spoilers here. The novel flashes forward three months, and our couple are back in London, and they are falling apart. They have split up, with Daniel drifting into alcoholism and Laura into depression and hallucinations. Whatever happened was so terrible that it is ruining their lives, and the rest of the novel delves into David and Laura’s lives; both what is happening now, and what happened back in Romania. Mr. Edwards does an excellent job of highlighting and contrasting the past and the present, and wrings a great deal of tension the couple's situation. The sense of fear and evil that he achieves left me wondering until nearly the end of the novel if the incident and it’s source are supernatural in origin. If you want to know you are going to have to read because I am not spoiling it for you.

John and Laura are well-rounded, believable characters. Edwards does a good job of showing them unravel before our eyes. Some of the other characters are solid if unspectacular, with the exception of Alina, whom seems to vibrate with life on the page. There are plenty of twists and turns in the plot, and it never seems to contrived or forced. The prose is smooth and capable, and Mr. Edwards does an exceptional job in showing the characters question and struggle with their grip of reality.

Where Mr. Edwards really shines is in his portrayal of evil. A lot of writers try but he really brings the dark side to life with an almost tangible effect. Without being too disgusting or bloody Mr. Edwards made the hair on the back of my neck stand up more than once. The title of this book is very appropriate, because this novel followed me even after I finished it up.

Review by: Mark Palm
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"After a perfect start, Daniel and Laura's travels end abruptly when they are thrown off a night train in the middle of nowhere. To find their way back to civilisation, they must hike along the tracks through a forest. It's a haunting journey that ends in unimaginable terror. Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk about what they saw that night. But as they try to fit back into their old lives, it becomes clear that their nightmare is just beginning..." --P. [4] of cover.

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