Follow Me

Follow Me

It was the perfect night for a party.That is, until twenty-one-year-old Chelsea Dawson disappeared. The social media star was last seen enjoying a beautiful summer night at the Jersey Shore with her friends. But after an explosive fight with her ex-boyfriend, she vanished without a trace.When Seneca, Maddox, Aerin, and Madison hear about the suspected kidnapping, they noti...

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Title:Follow Me
Author:Sara Shepard
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Follow Me Reviews

  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)

    4.5 Stars

    I have been dying for Follow Me since I finished reading The Amateurs last fall. This book follows a group of teen detectives who attempt to track down a killer. The multiple perspectives work nicely, and the main characters are all enjoyable. This is a perfect mystery series, and I can’t wait until the final book is released next year!

    This is the second instalment in The Amateurs series, and is just as eerie as the first. It follows a group of teen amateur detectives who get back toget

    4.5 Stars

    I have been dying for Follow Me since I finished reading The Amateurs last fall. This book follows a group of teen detectives who attempt to track down a killer. The multiple perspectives work nicely, and the main characters are all enjoyable. This is a perfect mystery series, and I can’t wait until the final book is released next year!

    This is the second instalment in The Amateurs series, and is just as eerie as the first. It follows a group of teen amateur detectives who get back together to hunt down a serial killer. Follow Me is the kind of book that will frustrate you on behalf of the characters as the group tries to expose the killer while also being threatened by him. This book is filled with suspense as the main characters follow the clues to his location, and there are many shocking plot twists. However, compared to The Amateurs, Follow Me is a little bit lacking. In the first book, the characters try to figure out who is behind the series of murders, but in the sequel, we already know who the killer is, so the story is basically just them trying to find his location. It is still enjoyable, but I would have liked a bit more.

    I really enjoyed the use of multiple perspectives in Follow Me. The reader gets to delve into not only the thoughts of the entire group, but also the killer. It is so interesting knowing what both sides are planning at the same time, and it really adds to the creepiness knowing what is happening to the girl who was kidnapped. I am always a fan of multiple POVs, but it worked especially well in this book.

    There is a great cast of characters in this series. My personal favourite was Seneca, since she is great at interpreting clues and is so determined to find the killer. However, the rest of the group doesn’t seem to have as big of a role in this instalment, which is a little bit disappointing. I remember enjoying Aerin’s character in the first book, so I would have liked to see more of her.

    Follow Me is the sequel to The Amateurs and tells the story of a group of sleuths trying to track down a serial killer. The multiple narrations is intriguing, especially the killer’s perspective, and the main characters are all so likeable. This series is perfect for the fall, and I would definitely recommend it to those searching for a super suspenseful mystery.

  • Trina (Between Chapters)

    *Note: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher. That did not influence my opinion.*

    Not my favorite in terms of suspense level, but I did enjoy reading this and appreciate how it was structured. In this mystery the reader and the Amateurs know who the killer is but are racing to follow his clues to find him before he strikes again. If you don't like knowing the identity of the killer in mysteries, I can imagine you wouldn't enjoy this. There were still twists and reveals and an ending tha

    *Note: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher. That did not influence my opinion.*

    Not my favorite in terms of suspense level, but I did enjoy reading this and appreciate how it was structured. In this mystery the reader and the Amateurs know who the killer is but are racing to follow his clues to find him before he strikes again. If you don't like knowing the identity of the killer in mysteries, I can imagine you wouldn't enjoy this. There were still twists and reveals and an ending that makes you wonder what's in store next. I liked how this was set up because it was so unusual.

    For a Sara Shepard book, and for a sequel in this particular series, it met my expectations. I have no big complaints. I think you'd like this if you liked the PLL series but wanted to see the characters be more capable of chasing down A, and wanted to see more of A behind the scenes.

  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)

    I definitely didn't enjoy this one as much as the first, mostly because it felt like a mystery without any mystery - we knew who the killer was from the very first page! My favourite secondary characters in the first book, Aerin and Madison, were practically non-existent and social media ended up doing more of the legwork than Seneca or Maddox did combined. (Also, trying to crowbar in a romance subplot was just not a good idea.)

    It was very fast paced and a quick read, but not the sequel that thi

    I definitely didn't enjoy this one as much as the first, mostly because it felt like a mystery without any mystery - we knew who the killer was from the very first page! My favourite secondary characters in the first book, Aerin and Madison, were practically non-existent and social media ended up doing more of the legwork than Seneca or Maddox did combined. (Also, trying to crowbar in a romance subplot was just not a good idea.)

    It was very fast paced and a quick read, but not the sequel that this book deserved.

  • Paula  Phillips

    You know how sometimes you can't wait for a book to come and then when it does you pick it up as you have high hopes that you will love it. That's what happened with Follow Me by Sara Shepard as I normally am a big fan of her books. However, I felt a little letdown with Follow Me which is a shame as I really wanted to love it. Book #1 finished on a major cliffie with the reveal that Ben wasn't really Brett and in fact he was the same killer who killed Helena and Seneca's mother. In Book #2 a new

    You know how sometimes you can't wait for a book to come and then when it does you pick it up as you have high hopes that you will love it. That's what happened with Follow Me by Sara Shepard as I normally am a big fan of her books. However, I felt a little letdown with Follow Me which is a shame as I really wanted to love it. Book #1 finished on a major cliffie with the reveal that Ben wasn't really Brett and in fact he was the same killer who killed Helena and Seneca's mother. In Book #2 a new girl has been kidnapped Chelsea and she shares a striking resemblance to Helena and the kidnapping is Brett's MO. The Amateurs group are sent clues from Brett and with the motivation to track him down and also save Chelsea , they come back together. Brett though has other plans up his sleeve and will send the group on a wild goose chase and prove to them that he is always one step ahead and is smarter than everyone and that he is unstoppable. I personally found Follow Me a bit slower than I am used to with the pace of YA Mysteries. The ending however had me gasping and going OMG into what's going to happen next and Yes, that means readers I will be giving the next book in The Amateurs series a go so even though this book was slower and not as great as I had expected , Sara Shepard has done her job by hooking me with the cliffhanger and making me want to read Book #3.

  • Rachel Hall

    Follow Me is the second instalment in Sara Shepard’s series featuring teenage amateur sleuths and having won a copy of this book, several reviews mentioned that it does not work as a standalone. This is certainly something that I can corroborate as without a knowledge of the first investigation, this investigation doesn’t have much to appeal to an uninitiated audience. The closing moments of The Amateurs blew the online friends who contribute to a crime-solving forum, Case Not Closed, out of the

    Follow Me is the second instalment in Sara Shepard’s series featuring teenage amateur sleuths and having won a copy of this book, several reviews mentioned that it does not work as a standalone. This is certainly something that I can corroborate as without a knowledge of the first investigation, this investigation doesn’t have much to appeal to an uninitiated audience. The closing moments of The Amateurs blew the online friends who contribute to a crime-solving forum, Case Not Closed, out of the water and left readers with something of a curveball revelation. Reuniting just three-months later and still smarting from being duped by a former friend, yet at a loss for hard evidence of his involvement, the ragtag posse are licking their wounds. Most frustrated of all is college student, Seneca Frazier, interning in law enforcement with Annapolis Parking Authority and busy searching for answers surrounding her mother’s death. But all it takes is a taunt from their scheming adversary and a hint that he is behind the disappearance of a twenty-one-year old Instagram fixated and motorised selfie stick owner, Chelsea Dawson - a girl who bears an uncanny resemblance to his previous suspected victims (Aerin Kelly’s sister and Seneca’s mother) for the team to come together.

    All the teenage detectives have moved on since the prosecutions in the murder of Helena Kelly with mixed fortunes from Seneca and Maddox Wright exchanging anodyne emails and Aerin Kelly barely speaking to her admirer and former cop, Thomas Grove. But when a post on the online forum which spawned the initial investigation from their prime suspect inviting them to “come and play” appears, feisty Seneca sees a chance to even up the scores and avenge her mother’s killer. From this suspected disappearance, and hints that their nemesis has infiltrated the New Jersey preppy crowd, the team are playing catch-up and just as easily led! The major disappointment in this follow-up though is that with a few extra characters this is a rehash of the first investigation and even after their being thwarted once, they are just as naively confident. The details of this investigation rely heavily on aspects of technology - from spyware, drones, bugging right through to photo sharing on PhotoCircle which for those readers whose eyes glaze over at mentions of digital aspects will rapidly bore. There is a large focus in on the flamboyant lifestyles of the Newport Beach youths, who seem to move from party to party and one extravagance to the next and this makes it hard to relate to or care about the spoilt brats involved. In common with the debut, there is huge detail on culture, class and wealth differences between the characters involved, something which was all unwarranted and added nothing to the story.

    If the first instalment was woefully short on clues and offered limited suspense, this one is another similar clutching at straws encounter, again marred by romantic elements and with Seneca the only individual who seems to really care about the outcome and the driver for the whole investigation. Given that the group proved both inept and naive in The Amateurs, they don’t do anymore to reassert their claims but this encounter really ups the ante with the guilty party assuming numerous new identities and seeming to have myriad resources at his disposal, especially hard to run with as he is approximately the same age as the investigating teens. Disappointing, I again found the characters a difficult mix to warm to and given the paltry lack of mystery and intrigue present, I would find it hard to recommend. Follow Me makes no sense as a standalone read and given that it ends with a mighty similar hook to the first book, I have no further interest in reading more of this groups efforts at crime solving. Despite the idea likely appealing to a younger teen audience (12-13), it should be noted that the characters are of age seventeen upwards and there is mention of pursuits that may not be suitable for such a young readership.

    After reading The Amateurs and Follow Me, I would find it hard to recommend either novel which have a romantic element that supersedes any focus on an actual mystery and fails to surprise.

    I received a free copy of this book from Readers First and my review is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  • Kirsty 📚📖❤️

    I didn't really click with this one. I haven't read the first in the series but there is enough at the beginning that this isn't a problem. I think, for me, I mostly didn't like the characters. Some of them seemed superfluous to the story and didn't add much to it. 

    I struggled to get into the story and ended up skipping quite a bit. Not for me.

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  • rachel • typed truths

    Mysteries where you already

    the identity of the killer for the majority of the plot can be a hit or a miss. It worked for me in

    as I felt it added a layer of suspense to the story. It became more about the cat-and-mouse thrills than the clue-hunting.

    also managed to blend those two elements together quite well and I think that is why I enjoyed this a smidge more than

    .

    The characters did still tick me off, don’t get me wrong. Seneca an

    Mysteries where you already

    the identity of the killer for the majority of the plot can be a hit or a miss. It worked for me in

    as I felt it added a layer of suspense to the story. It became more about the cat-and-mouse thrills than the clue-hunting.

    also managed to blend those two elements together quite well and I think that is why I enjoyed this a smidge more than

    .

    The characters did still tick me off, don’t get me wrong. Seneca and Aerin have so much potential that I desperately want Shepard to tap into. Aerin’s grief and feelings about the events of the past books needed more fleshing out. They were brushed over, and the same with Seneca. It was hinted that she was suffering from mild PTSD - the panic attacks confirmed it - but it is never addressed. Maddison was barely in the plot again and felt disposable. Maddy did not improve either. While we did not have to suffer through Catherine situation in this book, his petty jealousy of Jeff was definitely still irritating. The chemistry between him and Seneca and him is non-existent. I could not have cared less whether they got together or not. In fact, I could not have cared less about

    of the romantic subplots if I tried.

    Like I said though, there was something about the cat and mouse storyline that kept me engaged. I still found the coincidences and dumb luck of the characters overwhelmingly frustrating but I was interested to see how everything would unfold. The ending was exactly what I expected but I liked it. I’m a little uncertain whether it was meant to be a shock or not. We knew it was building up to that moment since a certain scene in

    so I hope not. It certainly paved the way for a promising sequel.

    It still suffered a lot of the downfalls of the previous book. The characters were underwhelming and shallow, and too much emphasis was placed on the romantic subplots. However, I have to admit that there was something captivating about the cat-and-mouse game plotline. I really hope that will be continued in the sequel.

  • Emma Giordano

    2 stars. I was extremely disappointed with this sequel. I knew

    wasn’t a great novel and my attachment to the story was entirely based on it’s addictive quality, but

    procured no excitement from me, leaving me with just an unenjoyable, poorly written book.

    I was very hopeful that with

    being the sequel, my issues with the construction would improve. I’m happy to say that by the end of the story, the writing improved significantly in my opinion. I wouldn’t go so far t

    2 stars. I was extremely disappointed with this sequel. I knew

    wasn’t a great novel and my attachment to the story was entirely based on it’s addictive quality, but

    procured no excitement from me, leaving me with just an unenjoyable, poorly written book.

    I was very hopeful that with

    being the sequel, my issues with the construction would improve. I’m happy to say that by the end of the story, the writing improved significantly in my opinion. I wouldn’t go so far to say it’s “great” but it at least felt more natural and cohesive rather than stunted and awkward. Unfortunately, the rest of my critiques from book one worsened. The characters became even LESS developed than they were originally. One character (who happens to be one of the only two people of color in the story, interestingly) was virtually non-existent throughout the entire story, I can barely remember a scene she was present in, much less any contributions made to the story. Any interesting traits from the individual characters are sacrificed completely. They are demoted to having no personalities as their only purpose of the story is to solve the case (or engage in unnecessary romantic plotlines). And although I did not think the mystery of book one was great, book two was even worse. Overall, this sequel is a serious downgrade from the first installment in almost every aspect.

    While my overall feeling during

    was “I don’t know why but I can’t stop reading!”,

    caused me to feel perpetually frustrated and annoyed, and it was an immense struggle to finish. In regard to the mystery, everything is just so dumbed down? Nothing is thought-provoking, clever, or takes much work to figure out. The characters are either going in circles or have an idea out of thin air without using any deductive reasoning or previous knowledge that *somehow* manages to produce evidence. I feel like I could go on endlessly about all of the “leads” that didn’t make sense, the completely ridiculous plot points

    .

    Additionally, I hated how the victim for the story is villainized the entire time? I have to include my explanation under spoilers, but overall, I could have been so in love with this particular plot point and it was completely ruined by how the victim is portrayed by not only the people investigating her case, but also when she is with her captor:

    There was SOOOO much potential for this plotline that would have seriously impressed me, but I ended up angrier about this than I expected. I’m probably being a little overdramatic and angry over nothing with this, but the entire plot was sloppily crafted in my opinion.

    In conclusion, I’m obviously very disappointed with

    . It’s probably one of the biggest sequel let downs of my entire time as a reader. I will likely read book three though, because one of the only good things about this book is although the ending was easily predictable, it sets up the story of book three perfectly and has me interested enough to hope it can be my saving grace for this series.

  • Jen Ryland

    I had forgotten everything about the first book, but this one did a great job of recap.

    All in all, an entertaining mystery-thriller. Have to figure out how to review without massive spoilers for book one. The synopsis does a great job of avoiding them, btw :)

    This is NOT a good cover, by the way. In my opinion. It doesn't say "scary" or "thriller" or anything.

    Read more of my reviews on

    or check out my

    I received a free advance copy of this book from the publisher for pos

    I had forgotten everything about the first book, but this one did a great job of recap.

    All in all, an entertaining mystery-thriller. Have to figure out how to review without massive spoilers for book one. The synopsis does a great job of avoiding them, btw :)

    This is NOT a good cover, by the way. In my opinion. It doesn't say "scary" or "thriller" or anything.

    Read more of my reviews on

    or check out my

    I received a free advance copy of this book from the publisher for possible review.

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