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Thursday, 31 December 2020

‘I Follow You’ by Peter James

Published by Macmillan,
1st October 2020.
ISBN: 978-1-50981627-9 (HB)

Marcus Valentine is a highly respected, and top genealogical surgeon. He is married to a lovely woman and they have three beautiful children.

Early in this story we are taken back to his childhood, where, as an overweight and unattractive young teenager, he encounters his first sexual experience with a very beautiful girl, who doesn’t turn up for their next meeting and he never sees again. Turning the clock forward, he is living in Jersey and has settled into a life most would envy. Then, one morning while driving his Porsche to work, he nearly runs down a female jogger.  He is mesmerised as he stares at her. She holds an uncanny resemblance to that girl who gave him his first taste of sex.

A few days later this same woman turns up, with a very good friend of his, at a dinner party that Valentine’s wife has organised. She is seated at the dinner table next to Valentine and here starts the obsession.

Jersey is a very small community and when a near tragedy occurs, Valentine sees his opportunity to fulfil his lust. An opportunity that would destroy not only his world but many closely associated with him, personally and professionally. But he cannot stop himself, so can anyone stop him?

Peter James is a number one selling author. All his Roy Grace, police procedural, novels have hit the top of the charts, and nobly so. This is a book, however, that surpasses anything he has written before, and I personally, have read them all. This book is a psychological thriller.

To call it unputdownable is not high enough praise. I read it in one night, I was unable to stop turning the pages. Peter James, I salute you. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

Reviewer: Linda Regan

Peter James was educated at Charterhouse and then at film school. He lived in North America for a number of years, working as a screen writer and film producer, before returning to England. His multiple award-winning, Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling novels have been translated into thirty-three languages. His writings reflect his deep interest in medicine, science and the world of the police. He has produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. He also co-created the hit Channel 4 series Bedsitcom, which was nominated for a Rose d'Or. Peter James won the Krimi-Blitz 2005 Crime Writer of the Year Award in Germany, and Dead Simple won both the 2006 Prix Polar International award and the 2007 Prix Cœur Noir award in France. Looking Good Dead was shortlisted for the 2007 Richard and Judy Crime Thriller of the Year award and has been shortlisted for both France's SNCF award and Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policère. He divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill in London and Sussex.

Linda Regan is the author of seven police procedural crime novels. She is also an actress. She holds a Masters degree in critical writing and journalism, and writes a regular column, including book reviews, for three magazines. She also presents the book-club spot on BBC Radio Kent. She is an avid reader and welcomes the chance to read new writers.    To read a review of Linda's most recent book

The Terror Within
click on the title.

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