Follow me back by Nicci Cloke @niccicloke @HotKeyBooks gripping YA psychological thriller

Posted: April 19, 2016 in Secondary
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By Nicci Cloke

ISBN 9781471405082

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“There was no sign of a struggle, they whisper to each other. She took her phone but left her laptop behind.
Apparently, she’d met someone online, they write to each other in class, phones buzzing.
She ran away. She was taken.”

“The first time Aiden Kendrick hears about Lizzie Summersall’s disappearance is when the police appear at his front door. He and Lizzie used to be friends; they aren’t anymore. And when Aiden finds out that Lizzie had been talking to strangers on Facebook; that the police think she went to meet one of them, he begins to wonder how well he ever really knew her, and Aiden doesn’t know it yet, but with Lizzie’s disappearance his life is about to take a twisted and desperate turn.”

 When Lizzie goes missing there are many suspects and many twists and turns that kept me reading. While this book does highlight the fact that we can never really be sure of the people we meet online and the dangers such relationships can bring, it was a very good read.  A psychological thriller played out on school grounds, Facebook and even a local reality TV show.

Aiden misses Lizzie who seems to have just vanished. While she appears to have gone willingly, all she took with her was her phone. No-one knows where she is or who she is with or even if she is safe and alive. Aiden and his best friend Scobie seek to find out what happened to Lizzie but the more they search the truth the more Aiden ends up in trouble himself. There were times when I felt sorry for Aiden but times when I wanted to shake him as he really could be an idiot and not the nicest of characters. However, I still wanted him to find Lizzie. This is a well thought-out novel with the pace perfectly teasing us at the end of each brief chapter until the very end. Social media today is everywhere and everything and this book is one worth sharing with teens in a classroom setting to discuss the dangers. But it is most importantly a good read for the thrill of the ride and one I enjoyed thoroughly.

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