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!Read E-pub Õ The Follower Ä SHE D DO ANYTHING FOR HER HUSBANDJulie has the perfect lifeA kind boyfriend, loving parents and good grades She has everything ahead of herCora s life is a nightmareA psychopath for a husband, a violent father and a terrible secret There s no way outBut 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 freeFrom 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 A fast read, based on an implausible concept of human psychology, with a frustrating end. NYU student Julie Brockman is abducted She spends captivity in a small cell growing weaker by the day but still determined to find freedom onceI liked some parts of this bookthan others and it took getting to the halfway point for me to fall into a steady rhythm with this story view spoiler I would ve skipped this book altogether had I known about the religious fanaticism layered into the story hide spoiler The ending was a disappointment NYU student Julie Brockman is abducted She spends captivity in a small cell growing weaker by the day but still determined to find freedom onceI liked some parts of this bookthan others and it took getting to the halfway point for me to fall into a steady rhythm with this story view spoiler I would ve skipped this book altogether had I known about the religious fanaticism layered into the story hide spoiler The ending was a disappointment Ah, the dreaded second book Half of me didn t even want to read this because I was so worried that I would compare it to The Never List which I recently put in a list of my top 20 books of the last few years But I tried to put those feelings to the side and read this on its own merits And while it didn t live up to, for me personally anyway, her hugely successful and gripping first novel, The Follower was..okay For anyone unfamiliar with The Never List then I m sure they will love this dark Ah, the dreaded second book Half of me didn t even want to read this because I was so worried that I would compare it to The Never List which I recently put in a list of my top 20 books of the last few years But I tried to put those feelings to the side and read this on its own merits And while it didn t live up to, for me personally anyway, her hugely successful and gripping first novel, The Follower was..okay For anyone unfamiliar with The Never List then I m sure they will love this dark and disturbing thriller but fans of The Never List may find it lacking the heart racing suspense and jaw dropping twists they are probably expecting.The first few pages were actually very promising Julie is kidnapped from a deserted train station by an unknown perpetrator and taken to an isolated farmhouse When she gets there, she sees a woman and expecting some sisterhood kindness she asks to help but that woman is Cora and as we find out via flashbacks, Cora s cold and aloof behaviour has its roots in her unconventional upbringing Cora tells her present day story interspersed with Julie s account of her imprisonment as well as Cora s past We also meet Adam, an ex policeman with a heart breaking family past, who is devoting his life to tracking down missing girls.I read this over two days as I really hoped it would start to grab me like The Never List did but sadly it didn t There was absolutely nothing definitive I can put my finger on as the plot was well thought out, the characters were intriguing and multi layered but I didn t really care about them they left me cold and I never felt like I was there with them, willing them on And I really didn t enjoy The ending either In fact when I turned the last page, I was shocked that it had finished there as I had been expectingAnd that pretty much sums up my feelings about the whole book I think my expectations were too high Thanks to Vintage and to Netgalley for my review copy of The Follower This novel is very character driven There are three characters Julie, Cora and Adam who are the main focus but there was actually one that I felt this novel was really most about and here s a surprise it wasn t the girl kept captive Don t get me wrong, I felt for Julie, the girl that got abducted and locked up in a room with boarded up windows Her ordeal was horrific and although nothing graphic is mentioned, it doesn t take much to feel the impact of her situation Fact is, she gets on This novel is very character driven There are three characters Julie, Cora and Adam who are the main focus but there was actually one that I felt this novel was really most about and here s a surprise it wasn t the girl kept captive Don t get me wrong, I felt for Julie, the girl that got abducted and locked up in a room with boarded up windows Her ordeal was horrific and although nothing graphic is mentioned, it doesn t take much to feel the impact of her situation Fact is, she gets only a few scraps to eat from Cora turning her into a severely emaciated girl She certainly isn t the lively girl from before, her days turned monotone and all she s able to do is think about the best tactic to escape I was happy to see that even in the most dire moments she never loses the fire within completely and she s quite smart too in the way she s thinking, how she tries different tactics to please her captor I read her chapters and was very on edge every time because I knew she would only need a moment I was waiting with her for that break, that opportunity to attack and be free again after all these months Unfortunately, that moment doesn t seem to come along as all angles are covered No the one I m talking about is Cora, the woman who brings her food and who Julie tries to appeal to and engage in conversation every day When I met Cora I thought she was pure evil to let this happen When her husband James is away she could set her free if she wanted too Then it became clear that these women share a bond Even though Cora can move freely, she is just as scared for her husband and after a while it dawned on me that there was a time when she was just a normal kid The only thing that made her different from you and me was her tragic life and the fact that nobody believed in her, was her friend or lover I couldn t help but feel pity and just when that feeling of empathy overruled, I was catapulted back to the present situation I wanted her to still have some good in her, I wanted to believe in her, but all I saw was someone cold and detached, evil How did it come to this, how can she be like that All is explained in chapters in between, going back and fro present and past, working its way slowly up to her encounter with James, her husband and leader of a cult.James voice isn t very prominent but it was rather horrifying to read that she s falling for him It s clear he kind of brainwashed her, or perhaps she wanted to believe in what he was telling because she never had anyone who believed in her and just wanted to belong Again, I felt understanding and sympathy with her past self, alternating with anger for her present character She dreams of living a quiet life on the farm and having a loving family With a father who never gave her the time of day she finally sees someone who can give her the life she longs for She starts believing and becomes his follower They believe that The Revelation will come What that entails will be revealed slowly, after I already feared the worst.A final mention is for Adam, an ex cop with an unhealthy obsession for finding missing girls and this case in particular for his own personal reasons Adam is on a mission to rescue someone but who is he going to rescue exactly I was a bit confused how Adam got on Cora s trail because she wasn t missing and I thought I spotted a few plot holes there in his explanations but nothing that put a downer on my reading experience.This is Koethi Zan s second novel and although it wasn t as mind blowing as The Never List which I gave 5 stars and has a different approach, it was intriguing and played with my feelings brilliantly The characterization of Cora and Julie was very strong and on point and I could have given it 4 stars but I don t think I really want to read it again, it s not a very uplifting story after all, hence my 3.5 stars