Follow Me
From the author of Are You Sleeping—soon to be an Apple TV series—comes a cautionary tale of oversharing in the social media age for fans of Jessica Knoll and Caroline Kepnes’s You. Everyone wants new followers…until they follow you home.Audrey Miller has an enviable new job at the Smithsonian, a body by reformer Pilates, an apartment door with a broken lock, and hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers to bear witness to it all. Having just moved to Washington, DC, Audrey busies herself impressing her new boss, interacting with her online fan base, and staving off a creepy upstairs neighbor with the help of the only two people she knows in town: an ex-boyfriend she can’t stay away from and a sorority sister with a high-powered job and a mysterious past.But Audrey’s faulty door may be the least of her security concerns. Unbeknownst to her, her move has brought her within striking distance of someone who’s obsessively followed her social media presence for years—from her first WordPress blog to her most recent Instagram Story. No longer content to simply follow her carefully curated life from a distance, he consults the dark web for advice on how to make Audrey his and his alone. In his quest to win her heart, nothing is off-limits—and nothing is private.With “compelling, suspenseful” (Liz Nugent) prose, Kathleen Barber’s electrifying new thriller will have you scrambling to cover your webcam and digital footprints.

Follow Me Details

TitleFollow Me
Author
ReleaseFeb 25th, 2020
PublisherGallery Books
ISBN-139781982102005
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Follow Me Review

  • Dita
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes the only reason I leave my house is so that when someone asks about my day I don't have to say, "NetGalley and avoiding responsibilities".Today is not that day!! I tore into this like it was my job and I loved every crazy minute of this book. Kathleen Barber, I will follow you straight to Crazy Town anytime!5 Stars!! This is one of the best books I've read in awhile!Thank you to Kathleen Barber, Gallery, Pocket Books, and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest Sometimes the only reason I leave my house is so that when someone asks about my day I don't have to say, "NetGalley and avoiding responsibilities".Today is not that day!! I tore into this like it was my job and I loved every crazy minute of this book. Kathleen Barber, I will follow you straight to Crazy Town anytime!5 Stars!! This is one of the best books I've read in awhile!Thank you to Kathleen Barber, Gallery, Pocket Books, and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsA guy becomes obsessed with a girl. He stalks her online and takes extraordinary measures and extra creepy steps to learn everything about her. He will do whatever it takes to insert himself in her life and make her his own. Sound familiar? While Follow Me is quite similar to You, it is not a copy cat. There are enough differences that make it interesting to read. Someone is stalking Audrey, a social media influencer who posts EVERY element of her life online. The reader doesn’t know 3.5 starsA guy becomes obsessed with a girl. He stalks her online and takes extraordinary measures and extra creepy steps to learn everything about her. He will do whatever it takes to insert himself in her life and make her his own. Sound familiar? While Follow Me is quite similar to You, it is not a copy cat. There are enough differences that make it interesting to read. Someone is stalking Audrey, a social media influencer who posts EVERY element of her life online. The reader doesn’t know who her creepy stalker is, turning this into a bit of a mystery. Is it her new handsy co-worker? Her crazy best-friend? Her ex-boyfriend? Her new boyfriend? The creepy guy who has gained access to her workplace? A random fan who follows her online? I wasn’t sure how things were going to play out, and boy do they take an interesting turn. Follow Me is split between the POV’s of Audrey, “Him,” and Cat (Audrey’s best friend). Audrey is maybe a slightly more likable version of Beck. She is self-involved and annoying, but there are moments when I felt bad for her. They didn’t last long, though.“Him” ain’t no Joe. He lacks Joe’s charisma and sinister charm.Cat is Audrey’s best friend. Cat, well, she changes everything! She has the most interesting voice of the three characters, IMHO. Is Follow Me better than You? HELL NO! However, it’s a thoroughly entertaining and twisty read that kept me guessing. The ending is all kinds of crazy and over the top fun. Barber adds an interesting twist by playing off the vulnerability of those who feel the need to live their lives on Social Media. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Four welcome to attention seekers world don’t have any problem to bring their stalkers into their own lives because main motto of own the social media obsessed fakers’ is: “If it doesn’t kill you, it makes you interesting” stars! You know, one of my favorite musical’s theme song: (the beginning of my addiction to move like Travolta and drink like Jagger) was Grease’s “Four Season”. But I’m changing words and adapting to our new introvert, artificial, faking people whose face glued to their Four welcome to attention seekers world don’t have any problem to bring their stalkers into their own lives because main motto of own the social media obsessed fakers’ is: “If it doesn’t kill you, it makes you interesting” stars! You know, one of my favorite musical’s theme song: (the beginning of my addiction to move like Travolta and drink like Jagger) was Grease’s “Four Season”. But I’m changing words and adapting to our new introvert, artificial, faking people whose face glued to their phones to post new photos and distorted facts about their pathetic, miserable lives (at least that’s what they think because they’re not satisfied with their true selves). Here we go: Social media is the word, is the word that you heard! It's got a groove, it's got a meaning! Faking is the time, is the place, is the motion! Deceiving yourself is the way we are feeling !”So we have virtual world’s amazing queen Audrey who is an exclusive, experienced presenter of her upgraded self on social media jungle. She has millions of followers, admirers, followers and real stalkers. But guess what, she has to move to D.C. for getting a proper titled job to make her ends meet and live in an apartment without roommates even the place is trashy basement and landlord’s grandson has friendly tendencies to be appeared from nowhere by using his secret key and harassing her. Audrey’s best friend Cat is climbing ladders at her law firm, workaholic and all work no play kind of dull girl, relieved to see her friend Audrey moved to the same city she is living. But Cat is insecure, having troubles to be accepted by other people, shy, introvert, social dysfunctional. It’s sad but true to say that Audrey feels safe with her because she likes to use her as her protection shield and she knows, Cat cannot steal her spotlight! (There are so many things about Audrey to make easier to hate her, detest her and slap her but we can’t because we know behind the closed doors, she’s so vulnerable and she needs to be cared and loved. She’s loner and neglected by her own family. That’s why she’s keeping Cat in her life because she knows Cat never leaves her and she is tolerant to her antics and selfishness!) But there is HIM, Joe Goldberg’s rich and loaded version, coming from a classy family , has bad luck with the girls ( because he’s obsessively falling in love with them and when he is dumbed, he gets devastated by all those rejections. But thankfully he doesn’t have a special basement dungeon covered with glasses to lock those girls. Our guy is harmless when we compare him with Joe!)So HIM is in love with Audrey and he thinks they’re fated. He watches every step her take, every move her make, every bond she break, she’s watching her! (It’s not as creepy as it seems when the song was sang by Sting and Robert Downey Jr, yes I’m talking about my favorite Ally McBeal scene!)The author misguided us between six guys who could be stalker. But I found it eventually, not thank to my spider sense, it was easy catch! The one thing bothered me is the way of the men look at Audrey as if she’s goddess. But nothing is extraordinary about her. She’s manipulator, amazing presenter and faker but come on ! Why everyone is so obsessed with her? Everyone is acting like graduated with PR degree in our modern world. Nothing makes special a good faker! If only his ex was like that I would say okay, maybe his ex had his own issues to move on. But even her colleagues, Cat’s long time crush friend, random guys passing by the museum seemed like infuriated by her magical pus… (Fill the blanks) This part about the book irritated me!I was about to give three stars but intriguing, mysterious, page turner pacing and amazing ending changed my mind and I’m giving four stars. In my opinion this is so much better stalker book from You! (Definitely too much better than Hidden Bodies, too)The social media references and fast, riveting chapters, way of story-telling and sarcasm hid between the lines made me enjoy this book so much,Special thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for sharing me this fascinating ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest and completely satisfied review!
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  • Kaceey
    January 1, 1970
    This book will have you thinking long and hard about how much of yourself you share on line. And if it doesn’t? Well, I warned you!Audrey is a social influencer. With over a million followers on Instagram she posts anything and everything about her life on line. She’s literally made her life an open book, available for all her followers. And yes, for her Stalker! A job opportunity of a lifetime takes her from her beloved New York City to Washington DC. But that’s OK! She considers it a small This book will have you thinking long and hard about how much of yourself you share on line. And if it doesn’t? Well, I warned you!💁🏻‍♀️Audrey is a social influencer. With over a million followers on Instagram she posts anything and everything about her life on line. She’s literally made her life an open book, available for all her followers. And yes, for her Stalker! A job opportunity of a lifetime takes her from her beloved New York City to Washington DC. But that’s OK! She considers it a small price to pay. After all, her former sorority sister from college lives there! Not to mention her college boyfriend that she still has unfinished business with. The looming question is, will this move keep her safe and away from her stalker? Oh come on! Not a chance! Wow! This book kept me pondering and pointing my judgmental, accusatory finger at who I thought surely was the stalker all the way up to the big reveal! Even with that...there were some extra juicy twists sprinkled in! There were a few parts where my believability had me rolling my eyes! But overall a fabulous thriller that I think will be an explosive hit for 2020. A fabulous thrilling buddy read with Susanne!Thank you to Bianca Salvant at Gallery Pocket Books via Netgalley and Kathleen Barber for an ARC to read and review.
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  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 Stars Attention. Some people thrive on it and sometimes, it might just get you into trouble. Just ask Audrey Miller. She’s hooked on Instagram and has more than hundreds of thousands of followers.Her Insta account is how she got a job at the Smithsonian as a Social Media manager. One of the problems with Audrey is that she loves her followers and of course, they love her. Some, in fact, are obsessed with her. Too bad Audrey doesn’t take it seriously. That however is a problem that will be 3.75 Stars Attention. Some people thrive on it and sometimes, it might just get you into trouble. Just ask Audrey Miller. She’s hooked on Instagram and has more than hundreds of thousands of followers.Her Insta account is how she got a job at the Smithsonian as a Social Media manager. One of the problems with Audrey is that she loves her followers and of course, they love her. Some, in fact, are obsessed with her. Too bad Audrey doesn’t take it seriously. That however is a problem that will be remedied, quickly I might add. Do you feel the need to look over your shoulder? Close down your social media accounts? Perhaps you should do both. Just a friendly warning from a concerned citizen. “Follow Me” is a terrifying look at social media and how it can impact a young woman’s life in this day and age. While some parts of this novel were a bit far-fetched in my opinion, this was a compelling, intense read that both scared and entertained me. Another buddy read with Kaceey!Thank you to Bianca Salvant at Gallery Books, NetGalley and Kathleen Barber for the arc.Published on Goodreads and Netgalley on 12.1.19.
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  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a great read and definitely hits home because I'm using social media everyday! I like reading Audrey's view. She's good at pretending she's brave or confident when she's laced with fear or anxiety. I like that she doesn't want to be a damsel in distress by relying on a guy for protection. I'm actually surprised that Audrey's job is not so glam for an Instagram public figure, but definitely a nice detail with her living area as compared to how she present herself online. The story This book is a great read and definitely hits home because I'm using social media everyday! I like reading Audrey's view. She's good at pretending she's brave or confident when she's laced with fear or anxiety. I like that she doesn't want to be a damsel in distress by relying on a guy for protection. I'm actually surprised that Audrey's job is not so glam for an Instagram public figure, but definitely a nice detail with her living area as compared to how she present herself online. The story would have been a bit more interesting if readers get to join in on trivia night with a few questions and answers. I like having the view of the mystery guy for his side of the story. It's interesting to get an analysis of Audrey from Cat.
There are two main characters in this book: Audrey and Cat. They both knew each other from way back in college. Audrey is now an Instagram famous with more than one million followers. She just moved to Washington DC, which of course all of her followers knew about it. Cat is a lawyer who is always self conscious. She's the opposite of Audrey in the way that she doesn't trust the internet. She often analyzes Audrey and herself. Then there's the view of the mystery "him". He found Audrey on the internet and followed all of her social media platforms. Seeing her on social media is not enough so he takes an extra step.
Follow Me is well written, though the story drags on with the characters' struggling love life and less than glam careers. I like the reminder to not click on the link. Cat's mysterious past is such a suspense! I guessed the mystery "him" early on so when he was revealed, I thought I was right, but then that twist! I love that twist and I'm as surprised as Audrey to find out. That ending was a nice surprise, finally learning what Cat's secret was. This book definitely reminds us influencers to remember to not over share our lives on the internet! Well, and to watch out for friends.xoxo,Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details ***Thank you Gallery Books for the opportunity to read and review! Please be assured that my opinions are honest.
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  • Jayme
    January 1, 1970
    This one kept me guessing to the end! LITERALLY! I still didn’t know how it would end at the 98%point! Audrey Miller has hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers and has just landed a dream job at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC where she is tasked with generating interest for a new exhibit that will soon be opening...”The Life and Death of Rosalind Rose”It is an exhibit of dioramas, based on a rising starlet’s murder. But one of Audrey’s followers has become obsessed with HER. Referred to This one kept me guessing to the end! LITERALLY! I still didn’t know how it would end at the 98%point! Audrey Miller has hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers and has just landed a dream job at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC where she is tasked with generating interest for a new exhibit that will soon be opening...”The Life and Death of Rosalind Rose”It is an exhibit of dioramas, based on a rising starlet’s murder. But one of Audrey’s followers has become obsessed with HER. Referred to as “HIM” he has found a way to install a RAT (Remote administration tool) to her computer, and he is watching her every move, while eating animal crackers, as she eats animal crackers and gazes back at him, oblivious that she is being watched. Soon her life becomes as disturbing as the dioramas she is promoting...And, her stalker could be ANY of the many men in her life..Told from the perspectives of Audrey, her best friend, Cat, and “HIM” this was a fast paced story that I was engaged with from start to finish. Despite this being described as a “cautionary tale of oversharing in the social media age” (which it is), I would recommend it for readers like myself who like the “fun thrillers”! It is witty and suspenseful, rather than dark and scary. But, I did immediately cover the camera on all of my devices upon finishing this one!! 😬🙄Another fun buddy read with DeAnn! Thank you to Netgalley, Gallery Books and Kathleen Barber for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review! This title will be released on Feb. 25, 2020 but you can preorder now!
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  • Kathi Defranc
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Bianca Salvant @simonandschuster.com and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this precautionary tale of folks who put their Whole life on social media!! You Never know exactly Who is 'following' you, how close they feel to you, and how close they Really Are!! Audrey basically lives just to post amazing photos of her life- likes,where she Is, what she is doing, and how she feels about anything she comes across- on her Instagram feed. Even when she has to set things up so they look Thanks to Bianca Salvant @simonandschuster.com and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this precautionary tale of folks who put their Whole life on social media!! You Never know exactly Who is 'following' you, how close they feel to you, and how close they Really Are!! Audrey basically lives just to post amazing photos of her life- likes,where she Is, what she is doing, and how she feels about anything she comes across- on her Instagram feed. Even when she has to set things up so they look great, when all around her is chaos...But when she begins to feel someone watching her, footsteps in her alley,noises outside her bedroom window..she starts to become a little spooked! Someone is completely Obsessed with Her,and when he learns on the black web of a device that turns her computer into a program he can Watch 24-7, problems become bigger and Scarier!! A bunch of flowers on her doorstep..With the heads cut off..leaving Only the stems... A story that is current in today's society, and Will make you pause before you hit that button on Your computer!! This review is of my honest thoughts and feelings after reading this intriguing story!
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  • Jayme
    January 1, 1970
    This one kept me guessing to the end! LITERALLY! I still didn’t know how it would end at the 98%point! Audrey Miller has hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers and has just landed a dream job at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC where she is tasked with generating interest for a new exhibit that will soon be opening...”The Life and Death of Rosalind Rose”It is an exhibit of dioramas, based on a rising starlet’s murder. But one of Audrey’s followers has become obsessed with HER. Referred to This one kept me guessing to the end! LITERALLY! I still didn’t know how it would end at the 98%point! Audrey Miller has hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers and has just landed a dream job at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC where she is tasked with generating interest for a new exhibit that will soon be opening...”The Life and Death of Rosalind Rose”It is an exhibit of dioramas, based on a rising starlet’s murder. But one of Audrey’s followers has become obsessed with HER. Referred to as “HIM” he has found a way to install a RAT (Remote administration tool) to her computer, and he is watching her every move, while eating animal crackers, as she eats animal crackers and gazes back at him, oblivious that she is being watched. Soon her life becomes as disturbing as the dioramas she is promoting...And, her stalker could be ANY of the many men in her life..Told from the perspectives of Audrey, her best friend, Cat, and “HIM” this was a fast paced story that I was engaged with from start to finish. Despite this being described as a “cautionary tale of oversharing in the social media age” (which it is), I would recommend it for readers like myself who like the “fun thrillers”! It is witty and suspenseful, rather than dark and scary. But, I did immediately cover the camera on all of my devices upon finishing this one!! 😬🙄Another fun buddy read with DeAnn! Thank you to Netgalley, Gallery Books and Kathleen Barber for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review! This title will be released on Feb. 25, 2020 but you can preorder now!
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    I'm biased, of course, because I wrote this book, but I love it and really hope that you do too!
  • Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    January 1, 1970
    I kid you not when I tell you I've been waiting for Kathleen Barber to write a new book since the moment I finished Are You Sleeping as an ARC in 2017 - and if you know me at all, I'm not exactly the most patient person :) Well, I am extremely happy to report that 5 stars are absolutely in order for Follow Me. Creepy, suspenseful, real and full of intrigue, Barber poses readers with the question - how much about yourself do you really put out there to the public on the internet? Audrey is a I kid you not when I tell you I've been waiting for Kathleen Barber to write a new book since the moment I finished Are You Sleeping as an ARC in 2017 - and if you know me at all, I'm not exactly the most patient person :) Well, I am extremely happy to report that 5 stars are absolutely in order for Follow Me. Creepy, suspenseful, real and full of intrigue, Barber poses readers with the question - how much about yourself do you really put out there to the public on the internet? Audrey is a successful influencer toting 1m followers, going about her life instagramming every moment - but someone out there is watching, maybe a bit too closely!In the vein of Caroline Kepnes "You" - we get perspectives from Audrey, her bff Cat and a mysterious "Him" - the man obsessed with Audrey. The chapters added from Him are incredibly chilling and add an extra layer of intrigue to an already suspenseful story. Now, all I can say is, I just can't wait two more years for more Kathleen Barber goodness!Thank you to Gallery books for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    Instagram madness....Anyone who has an instagram account will surely get some shivers after reading this book about the dangers of posting too much information. TMIAudrey Miller had over a million subscribers (that is a lot of eyes!) The problem is that someone is watching her every move, following all her social media accounts and stories. This person knows where she lives, works and her favorite hang-out spots. Scary!We get this mystery stalker's pov as he anticipates Audrey's every move. She Instagram madness....Anyone who has an instagram account will surely get some shivers after reading this book about the dangers of posting too much information. TMIAudrey Miller had over a million subscribers (that is a lot of eyes!) The problem is that someone is watching her every move, following all her social media accounts and stories. This person knows where she lives, works and her favorite hang-out spots. Scary!We get this mystery stalker's pov as he anticipates Audrey's every move. She begins to sense "someone" watching her, but brushes away concern. Well, she is a bit naive and learns quickly she should have been more cautious.The pace is good and there are plenty of suspects to keep the guessing going until the end. While some happenings were definitely over the top, I still enjoyed the game of figuring out who this stalker was!I would call this a light stalker, but cautionary tale. This was just my speed!Thanks to Gallery Books and NG for my review copy! OUT on FEB 25, 2020
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  • Christina McDonald
    January 1, 1970
    Barber ratchets up the tension in this spine-tingling thriller about the dangers of over-sharing in the age of social media.Addictive, disturbing, and frighteningly real, Follow Me is about self-obsessed Audrey, an Instagram influencer with hundreds of thousands of followers. But one of her followers may just love her too much. I found myself blazing through this fast-paced and engaging novel, wanting to untangle who was stalking Audrey and if it was just a stranger or someone a little closer to Barber ratchets up the tension in this spine-tingling thriller about the dangers of over-sharing in the age of social media.Addictive, disturbing, and frighteningly real, Follow Me is about self-obsessed Audrey, an Instagram influencer with hundreds of thousands of followers. But one of her followers may just love her too much. I found myself blazing through this fast-paced and engaging novel, wanting to untangle who was stalking Audrey and if it was just a stranger or someone a little closer to home.Follow Me is one of those rare books that is creepy and suspenseful, while still managing to be a fun, unforgettable read. I highly recommend!
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  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    Seriously twisted book! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This author was sure able to get under my skin. She set up a perfect story loaded with all of the creep factor.* A questionable apartment.* Weird neighbor.* Strange friend.* Stalkers.* New job with a weird event.* Social media “influencer” that everyone knew too much about.* Old boyfriend has been pining away for her.* Even her new boyfriend was a bit odd.We had so many options it was hard to determine just who exactly was the culprit. Who wants Seriously twisted book! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This author was sure able to get under my skin. She set up a perfect story loaded with all of the creep factor.* A questionable apartment.* Weird neighbor.* Strange friend.* Stalkers.* New job with a weird event.* Social media “influencer” that everyone knew too much about.* Old boyfriend has been pining away for her.* Even her new boyfriend was a bit odd.We had so many options it was hard to determine just who exactly was the culprit. Who wants Audrey? Everyone it seems!I don’t think I’ve had as many uneasy moments with a book as I have reading this particular story. Especially if you’re single and live alone.The author did an amazing job crafting this story with all of the highlights on issues we take for granted in our life. While I’m not going to give up any bit of the secrets as to the ending, let’s just say getting there is so entirely worth it.Just make sure you read this during the day and be aware of things that go bump in the night!A five star review because Kathleen Barber has captured my attention and gutted me with her psychological crime thriller that will make you squirm!Highly recommended.* copy received for review considerationFull Review - https://amidlifewife.com/follow-me-by...
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    "Everyone wants new followers…until they follow you home."Nobody wants this type of attention and certainly not after just clinching a new job.Enviable! Jealousy? Or plain madness?It turns out plenty of things go down in DC but this is far from the norm even with the current stormy situation.So what's behind it all?As my malignant narcissist once told me ...Anyone can find you anywhere at anytime with the simple click of a mouse.Online spyware, online tracking and gps, online websites exists "Everyone wants new followers…until they follow you home."Nobody wants this type of attention and certainly not after just clinching a new job.Enviable! Jealousy? Or plain madness?It turns out plenty of things go down in DC but this is far from the norm even with the current stormy situation.So what's behind it all?As my malignant narcissist once told me ...Anyone can find you anywhere at anytime with the simple click of a mouse.Online spyware, online tracking and gps, online websites exists solely for this purpose. You need but a few small bits of info and you can literally become your own detective or stalker as is the case.Be careful who you trust? Be careful who you let into your inner circle? Most importantly BE CAREFUL!Nothing is off limits, nothing is private, nothing is safe!The dark web lurks and those who are involved aren't there with good intentions...
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  • Jennifer Novotney
    January 1, 1970
    Follow Me is a cautionary tale about the dangers of social media oversharing. The story follows three characters in alternating, first person points of view. First, we have Audrey, a self proclaimed Instagram influencer with a million followers. She's a seemingly confident red head who leaves New York to take a museum job in Washington DC where she appropriately manages their social media accounts. She reunites with her college friend, Cat, the second POV, a successful lawyer, who is undoubtedly Follow Me is a cautionary tale about the dangers of social media oversharing. The story follows three characters in alternating, first person points of view. First, we have Audrey, a self proclaimed Instagram influencer with a million followers. She's a seemingly confident red head who leaves New York to take a museum job in Washington DC where she appropriately manages their social media accounts. She reunites with her college friend, Cat, the second POV, a successful lawyer, who is undoubtedly her voice of reason. Then, we have Him, the third POV, a sketchy character who happens to be one of Audrey's Instagram followers. Something is obviously off about this one.From the beginning of the book, Barber raises the tension as she places Audrey in some questionable situations that make us fear for her safety. She throws different characters at us to see which one we just may believe is "Him". There's skeevy Ryan, Audrey's landlady's grandson. Then there's Connor, Cat's friend from college and work that we're kind of questioning, but he could be a stretch. Then there's the mysterious admirer who randomly shows up at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden where Audrey works. Barber is apt at craftily placing us in Audrey's tentative and leary shoes. Everyone's a potential suspect.The best thing about this book is trying to guess who Audrey's stalker is. Is it someone she knows? Is it a complete stranger? Is it the person she least suspects or someone she has her eye on? Just when I think I have it all figured out, Barber changes everything up and makes me second-guess my detective work.This thriller is so well worth the read. It has everything a reader could want from a story and ramps up the suspense towards the end. I literally could not stop reading the last quarter of the book until getting to the satisfying end. This one definitely knocks it out of the park.
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  • Bandit
    January 1, 1970
    Stalking is a popular theme in thrillers, but this is a sort of stalking thriller that wouldn’t have existed a decade or two ago. This is stalking in the age of social media aka stalking made easy. There’s probably never been an easier time to stalk someone, the amount of information available online is just insane. And most of it is provided by the people themselves. Social media might have intended to foster personal connections, but it ended up being essentially driving a lethal stake through Stalking is a popular theme in thrillers, but this is a sort of stalking thriller that wouldn’t have existed a decade or two ago. This is stalking in the age of social media aka stalking made easy. There’s probably never been an easier time to stalk someone, the amount of information available online is just insane. And most of it is provided by the people themselves. Social media might have intended to foster personal connections, but it ended up being essentially driving a lethal stake through the concept of privacy. And few make it all the more glaringly obvious than the newest dumbest form of celebrities, the social media darlings, people with nothing to offer the world but a window (albeit heavily curated one) into their lives. This is the thing that made Kylie Jenner the youngest billionaire. For me it’s a bizarrely foreign and off putting concept. But it’s certainly popular enough and anyone with a talent to sell themselves properly can do it. After all, there is a reason Emily May (the Kylie Jenner of Goodreads) is so popular, despite the fact that yours truly have read and reviewed about 50% more books that she did last year alone. Used to be people sold goods, now Amazon sells good and people sell themselves. And that’s something this book’s protagonist excels at. Essentially a nobody, but gifted with a sparkling personality, she has managed to turn it into a business with over a million followers. Surprise, surprise, one of them is an obsessive stalker. But which one…she is, after all, surrounded by men and most of them (especially as perceived with the heightened MeToo awareness and for a single young woman living alone) are variously creepy. We just don’t know which creep is the main creep, the creep Him section of the book is narrated by. And it takes an entire book to figure it out, although you might guess somewhere around 75%. To her credit, the author made it fairly obscure. So yeah, a fairly standard social media thriller enhanced by the traditional multiple narrative, because it’s handled right, showcasing the effects same situations have on different people by offering something new to add to the overall plot. The author has even tried to give the main character some dimensionality…no easy task, given the innate superficiality of her appeal. The other main female character is probably closer to the author in that they are both Washington D.C. lawyers (albeit one’s practicing and one isn’t). She’s pretty much the proverbial foil here, the one who has to be serious and responsible if only to showcase the selfishness, cluelessness and vapidity of her best friend. And if nothing in this book works for you, it’ll at least raise your awareness of the remote stalking tools and make you cover up your built in computer camera. For me…mostly it just made me think about all the ugliness of the online world. In fact, while reading this book I paused to check my email and saw that someone left a really nasty comment on one of my reviews. Now, GR is the only social media I do and even so it’s as depersonalized as it can be and my main motivation in using it is to maintain my reading records and post reviews. If someone gets something out of my reviews (maybe it entertains them or saves them time on a dud), I’m glad. Sometimes I read reviews of others to help me decide on a book. And I may occasionally interact with a friend on here or an author and that’s usually also very nice (albeit not with all authors, sadly). I may even post a comment on a friend’s review. But…in all the years I’ve used GR never has it ever occurred to me to go and post a nasty comment on someone’s review. It seems like such a vile useless (since I just delete it straight away) thing. But it does serve as a bitter reminder that no matter how minimal one’s online presence may be, it does open one up to a certain level of ugliness. And to live an entire life online like the book’s character…well, that’s just like throwing the gate open to every lunatic out there. I can’t fathom that. But many probably can, social media being the pervasive evil that it is. Netgalley alone is currently offering books titled Follow Me and Unfollow Me. Very relatable, very hip subject matter, might be responsible for all the terrific reviews this fairly mediocre (albeit very readable) book has received. Ok, time to wrap this up. Limited exposure and all that. Overall this was an entertaining read for social media generation. Thanks Nertgalley.
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    Follow Me was chilling, suspenseful, and fun! I loved how it explored the dangers of living a public life in today's social media-obsessed world. The pace was fast and engaging, and I was actually surprised by the ending! I couldn't put it down. Loved it!*Disclosure: Kathleen Barber is a friend and provided an advance copy to me but I truly did think it was great and can't wait to see what she does next!
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  • Jessica Strawser
    January 1, 1970
    Kathleen Barber's FOLLOW ME has upped her game in the best way: Every page is grippingly written and all too real. A chilling take on obsession, self-obsession, and the closing gap between the two in our hyperconnected digital age.
  • DeAnn
    January 1, 1970
    4 chilling starsI quite enjoyed this one! How much do you share on social media? This book may make you rethink all of it . . . This one features Audrey, who is an Instagram star with a million followers and she documents all her daily activities. Her professional life also involves social media, promoting exhibits at the Smithsonian. She’s so busy online, she doesn’t notice that someone is watching her every move. She’s recently moved to DC for this new job and trying to make a place for 4 chilling starsI quite enjoyed this one! How much do you share on social media? This book may make you rethink all of it . . . This one features Audrey, who is an Instagram star with a million followers and she documents all her daily activities. Her professional life also involves social media, promoting exhibits at the Smithsonian. She’s so busy online, she doesn’t notice that someone is watching her every move. She’s recently moved to DC for this new job and trying to make a place for herself in a new city.She’s reunited with an old college friend, Cat, and an ex-boyfriend, but soon she feels like she’s being watched all the time. Does she have a stalker?The book has three narrators, Audrey, her friend Cat, and HIM – I was constantly trying to figure out who this was? Has Audrey met this person yet? Was it a man? This book moved at a fast pace and the tension builds towards a power-packed ending. I did not successfully guess the outcome in this one and for that it earns all 4 stars from me.Thank you to NetGalley, Kathleen Barber, and Gallery/Pocket Books for an early copy of this one to read and review. Watch for this one on 2/25/20.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I contributed this review to Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!Special thanks to Gallery Books for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.Nothing gets me more creeped out than a good old stalking story. I'm for real. Is there anything that is scarier than someone looking in on your personal space? Watching you from afar, collecting information about you, taking pictures, breaking into your house... Obsessions, I contributed this review to Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!Special thanks to Gallery Books for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.Nothing gets me more creeped out than a good old stalking story. I'm for real. Is there anything that is scarier than someone looking in on your personal space? Watching you from afar, collecting information about you, taking pictures, breaking into your house... Obsessions, delusions, lies, etc. BRB I'm off to take a cold shower. I LOVED Kathleen's debut so I had super high hopes for Follow Me. Let's just say I'm a happy camper. Once again, Kathleen delivers thrilling goods. Follow Me is intense, captivating, creepy & a total binge-worthy read. I'm over the moon about that!Basically, if you like creepy thrillers, this is right up your alley. Kathleen does a great job building up the suspense in a realistic & voyeuristic manner. Her author's note at the beginning really sets the stage for a reality driven & modern suspense novel. It made me rethink the way I do my social media.
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  • Judy Odom
    January 1, 1970
    Follow Me is more than a 5 star read.I reached that conclusion very early and by the end I was wishing I could add a few stars.I really dont want to give much away about the book other than Audrey has over a million followers on social media and posts everything. Red flag right there.I suspected everyone in the story several times over.Did not guess the ending.I must apologize to my dog, I should have walked her first because once I started Follow Me , I could not put the book down. DONT MISS Follow Me is more than a 5 star read.I reached that conclusion very early and by the end I was wishing I could add a few stars.I really dont want to give much away about the book other than Audrey has over a million followers on social media and posts everything. Red flag right there.I suspected everyone in the story several times over.Did not guess the ending.I must apologize to my dog, I should have walked her first because once I started Follow Me , I could not put the book down. DONT MISS THIS ONE !!!!Thanks to Net Galley and Simon & Schuster Canada, Gallery Books for one of the best reads I have had in a long time.
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    I read this mainly because I am fascinated by people who live their lives on the internet. This is a cautionary tale about how dangerous that can be. Audrey documents her life on line. This has garnered her over 1 million instagram followers, and directly led to her dream job in Washington DC. Once there, she reconnects with her college friend, her college boyfriend, and finds herself in the same city where an obsessive fan lives. The book becomes a question of who is the one stalking her. All I read this mainly because I am fascinated by people who live their lives on the internet. This is a cautionary tale about how dangerous that can be. Audrey documents her life on line. This has garnered her over 1 million instagram followers, and directly led to her dream job in Washington DC. Once there, she reconnects with her college friend, her college boyfriend, and finds herself in the same city where an obsessive fan lives. The book becomes a question of who is the one stalking her. All of the characters here are flawed. The stalker could be anyone. It could be one of her old friends, one of her new coworkers, or the new man in her life. The reader can't rule anyone out because no one is totally trustworthy. I liked trying to guess the stalker's identity, but found myself unsure until the end. This book kept the tension high and kept me invested in the story. I enjoyed reading it.I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I could not put this one down! I love thrillers about social media. It's such a modern twist on timeless themes about obsession and stalking. And this book was one of the best examples I've read. It's told from three perspectives--Audrey, a navel-gazing Instagram influencer, her awkward friend Cat, and "Him," Audrey's nameless stalker. Audrey has just moved to DC and reconnected with Cat, as well as intensifying her stalker's obsession, since he lives there as well. The tension slowly ratchets I could not put this one down! I love thrillers about social media. It's such a modern twist on timeless themes about obsession and stalking. And this book was one of the best examples I've read. It's told from three perspectives--Audrey, a navel-gazing Instagram influencer, her awkward friend Cat, and "Him," Audrey's nameless stalker. Audrey has just moved to DC and reconnected with Cat, as well as intensifying her stalker's obsession, since he lives there as well. The tension slowly ratchets up, and there are numerous men in Audrey's life who are potential candidates for the man who is obsessed with her. I was totally hooked on the story and highly recommend it.(view spoiler)[I was a bit disappointed by how things turned out with Cat, because throughout the book I found her really sympathetic (if also understandably frustrating) in her awkwardness and feelings of inferiority to Audrey. Part of me wanted to see the shy, awkward character be the one to come out on top rather than ending up as the crazy nutcase, but I still thought this story was great overall. (hide spoiler)]*I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Giulia
    January 1, 1970
    I teetered on my review for this book.. I liked it, the story flowed quite nicely with a great character development. But,it did not have the WOW factor, like "what just happened here!" but it tried really hard-it was just a little too predictable. I would read another book from this author so I opted to rate this a four star book. I recommend for an easy beach read for sure.Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for a chance to read and give an honest review.
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  • CloudOfThoughts_Books Keirstin
    January 1, 1970
    Follow Me by author Kathleen Barber is a thrill of book! Stalking and modern day social media scare at its finest! This story does not disappoint and feels VERY real, all while following a perfect thriller/mystery plot line. Great characters too! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • MaryHB
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it! It kept me on the edge of my seat. A real page turner! A mark of a good book, for me, is when I keep thinking of the characters and the story after I have finished the book. Follow Me kept me engaged during the story and after. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Taylor [SilverFire Books]
    January 1, 1970
    For me, this book hit reaaal close to home.Not only am I easily paranoid (just ask my husband), but I’m also a blogger. And while I’m not nearly as social-media obsessed or over-sharing as the main character here, parts of this book were SO relatable. (Lightroom presets, Google analytics...Kathleen Barber is either a blogger herself or she really did her homework!)The plot: Audrey, an uber-popular Instagram influencer & blogger, picks up and moves from New York to DC for a new job at an For me, this book hit reaaal close to home.Not only am I easily paranoid (just ask my husband), but I’m also a blogger. And while I’m not nearly as social-media obsessed or over-sharing as the main character here, parts of this book were SO relatable. (Lightroom presets, Google analytics...Kathleen Barber is either a blogger herself or she really did her homework!)The plot: Audrey, an uber-popular Instagram influencer & blogger, picks up and moves from New York to DC for a new job at an elite museum. As she settles into her new life, she slowly starts to realize that all that social media over-sharing might have attracted a stalker into her life. (And a particularly determined one, at that).The story sucked me right in, and I loved swapping between the 3 POVs. Both Cat & Audrey felt like they could leap off the page and walk right into our world as real people.Though the main character, Audrey, is clearly flawed (a little self-centered), I still found her likable. As the reader, it was so interesting to see others’ perspectives on her versus her own perspective & intentions.This is a solid thriller with a fascinating and highly entertaining concept. And it’s SO relevant to this day & age. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up!**Thank you to NetGalley & the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Alyssabedford
    January 1, 1970
    WHOA!First, I want to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. You know how books are toted as “the next *insert extremely popular book title here*” and you read that book and it’s nothing like the popular title? Not so with this book. In the description, this book is described as “The Next “You”” and oh boy was it ever!!! It’s been awhile since I’ve dug into a book that is so compulsively readable, and I can’t wait to WHOA!First, I want to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. You know how books are toted as “the next *insert extremely popular book title here*” and you read that book and it’s nothing like the popular title? Not so with this book. In the description, this book is described as “The Next “You”” and oh boy was it ever!!! It’s been awhile since I’ve dug into a book that is so compulsively readable, and I can’t wait to read this author’s backlog, along with recommending this book to all my friends, acquaintances, bartenders, hairdressers, mailmen....In this book we follow Audrey, a very self-aware Instagram influencer as she moves to Washington DC to pursue her dream career- running the social media account for a famous art museum. Audrey’s first job assignment is to curate posts regarding a new art installation about a famous actress who is tragically murdered in her own home. As we follow Audrey’s story (told from her perspective, her best friend Cat’s perspective, and “Him”- her stalker) similarities between the tragic murder of the actress displayed in the art museum begin to emerge in Audrey’s life. Read this one. You won’t regret it!
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  • Andrea Pole
    January 1, 1970
    Follow Me by Kathleen Barber delivers a tense and chilling read that I could not put down for a second. Ms Barber is a new to me author, but one who will certainly be on my radar moving forward.Told from the alternating perspectives of Cat, Audrey, and the voice of a stalker known only as 'Him', we are introduced to social media darling Audrey who boasts over a million followers on Instagram. Cat is her long suffering friend, who has alway existed in Audrey's shadow and seems to harbour some Follow Me by Kathleen Barber delivers a tense and chilling read that I could not put down for a second. Ms Barber is a new to me author, but one who will certainly be on my radar moving forward.Told from the alternating perspectives of Cat, Audrey, and the voice of a stalker known only as 'Him', we are introduced to social media darling Audrey who boasts over a million followers on Instagram. Cat is her long suffering friend, who has alway existed in Audrey's shadow and seems to harbour some very dark secrets. When Audrey moves to DC, she relies on Cat's friendship to help establish social connections in a new city. But when a stalker enters Audrey's perfectly curated world, their identity remains a mystery, with any one of her old or new acquaintances becoming viable suspects.This one had me on the edge of my seat, and kept me guessing until the very end. Highly recommended.Many thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for this fabulous ARC.
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