Book Review – Following by Jeffry W Johnston

following.jpgAlden thinks he witnessed a murder, but when the dead girl turns up alive, he must figure out the truth in this chilling novel

Alden likes to follow people. He’s not trying to be a creep, he just wants to be an investigator some day, and it’s good practice.

But spying on people comes with risks…like seeing popular Greg Matthews seemingly murder his girlfriend, Amy, behind the school.

But the facts aren’t adding up, especially because Amy turns up a few days later…alive. Now Alden has to figure what he could have seen… and what secrets Greg is hiding.


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I really liked the twists in this, but there were elements that made the overall story not work as well as I’d have liked.

Alden is slightly creepy, but I actually really liked his backstory and reasoning for training himself up as an investigator. He’s also a good kid trying to do the right thing. However, he is definitely too hooked on “proving it fully” and that’s a little frustrating to read.

I liked Charlie less, as she flip flops over supporting Alden, being doubtful of him, and just plain wanting to ignore him.

The main thing I had issues with is super spoilery, but I will just say that a particular personality didn’t make sense to me.

Overall I think it’s a decent thriller / mystery, but not enough of a hook for me. It’s a super short and easy read though, and had decent suspense.


Buy Following from Amazon UK.

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