Follow Me Down is a rare find—a gutsy, visceral, and beautifully crafted psychological thriller that Diane Chamberlain called "an engrossing page turner [that] will keep you guessing right up to the delicious ending" from talented new author Sherri Smith.
Mia Haas has built her life far from the North Dakota town where she grew up, but when she receives word that her twin brother is missing, she is forced to return home. Back to the people she left behind, the person she used to be, and the secrets she thought she’d buried.
Once hailed as the golden boy of their town, and now a popular high school teacher, Lucas Haas disappears the same day the body of one of his students is pulled from the river. Trying to wrap her head around the rumors of Lucas’s affair with the teen, and unable to reconcile the media’s portrayal of Lucas as a murderer with her own memories of him, Mia is desperate to find another suspect.
All the while, she wonders: If he’s innocent, why did he run?
As Mia reevaluates their difficult, shared history and launches her own investigation into the grisly murder, she uncovers secrets that could exonerate Lucas—or seal his fate. In a small town where everyone’s lives are intertwined, Mia must confront her own demons if she wants to get out alive.
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At the start of Smith's compelling first novel, John Pruden, the police chief of Wayoata, N.Dak., phones Mia Hass, a Chicago-based pharmacist with a dependence on pills, to ask whether she's heard recently from her twin brother, Lucas. Pruden, who says he's missing, urges Mia to return to Wayoata, her hometown, where she learns that Lucas, a high school teacher, has become the prime suspect in the murder of one of his students. The town residents are all against him, and the inept local police are all too willing to treat the faintest circumstantial evidence as if it were solid proof in what they consider an open-and-shut case. Only Mia is sure of her brother's innocence. To discover what really happened, she must descend into the narrow-minded hypocrisy of the small town she hoped to leave behind her and come to grips with her problematic relationship with her alcoholic, brain-damaged mother. When we think things cannot get worse, they do. Against all odds, Mia fiercely pursues the truth in this unsettling crime thriller.