Sunday, July 01, 2007

The Follower -- Jason Starr

Loyal readers will recall that I thought Jason Starr's Lights Out was terrific. His new one, The Follower, not due in the stores until August, is even better.

And it's different, even more ambitious. This time we have a psycho stalker getting close to a young woman named Katie, and Starr give us a rich portrait of life among some young singles in New York, grown-ups in age but certainly not mature. They're groping and trying to figure out what they're doing. The cops are different, but no better, and when people start dying, they're not much help at all.

This book is more of a novel of suspense than Lights Out, and while it's painted on a bigger canvas than Starr's earlier novels, Starr pulls it off perfectly. Could be his break-out book, that is, if he hasn't broken out already. The character of Katie is particularly well done, and the ending is a real bone-chiller. Pick it up as soon as you can, and you'll see what I mean.

4 comments:

Gerard said...

I've got to stop reading this blog.

Bill Crider said...

Hey, just get a bigger book budget.

Gerard said...

I'm working on the '08 budget right now. An increase of $800.

I shouldn't complain, other places are getting cuts.

Bill Crider said...

Still $800 isn't exactly a generous increase. Can't buy many books for that.