"When sixteen-year-old Adamma Okomma, a Nigerian diplomat's daughter, arrives at exclusive Crofton College in Wiltshire, she is immediately drawn to beautiful, tempestuous, unpredictable Scarlett Chiltern. Adamma and Scarlett become inseparable - until they fall for the same guy. Soon the battle lines are drawn and Adamma is shunned by Scarlett and her privileged peers. But then Scarlett goes missing and everything takes a darker turn. Adamma always knew that Scarlett had her secrets, but some secrets are too big to keep and this one will change all of their lives for ever."
Follow Me Down is a dark, dark book. Told from the perspective of Adamma Okomma, a Nigerian diplomat's daughter who's flown to England to enrol at a top boarding school, it explores the nature of friendship, passion and betrayal. The narrative flickers backwards and forwards between the present and the past, as the author slowly reveals the fate of Scarlet, Adamma's on/off wild friend and the identity of Adamma's secret lover.
The plot worked well for me, although I confess that I worked out one of the mysteries early on. However, it didn't stop me from wanting to finish the story - I needed to know if I was right! The characters were well-drawn, especially the fickle Scarlett and I thought that Tanya Byrne completed nailed the sense of place throughout the book. Her descriptions are so evocative - I really felt as if I was there with Adamma.
This isn't a book for escapists or younger readers as it includes both rape and murder, but it's the perfect choice for those who enjoy beautifully-written psychological thrillers with adult themes.
Review by Mel.
Follow Me Down by Tanya Byrne
Headline Book Publishing