Today on Laura's little book blog, I am delighted to be part of the blog tour for The Follower by Koethi Zan. As part of the tour I have a hugely intriguing character profile to tickle your tastebuds. Enjoy!
Julie Brookman is a perfect college student with a perfect family and a perfect boyfriend. With long blonde hair and a dancer’s figure, she’s the shining star everyone wants to be. Until the night she’s thrown into the back of a semi and carted off to an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere.
In an instant, her life is transformed. It had never even occurred to Julie that she could face real adversity in life. Everything went her way. She was always the lucky one, able to charm everyone with a warm smile and a sparkle in her eye. Now she’s held captive by two lunatics on a bizarre spiritual mission. Before her abduction, people like her captors were so far beneath her, it was as if they didn’t exist. Now she is their slave, trapped in a disgusting room with a boarded up window, treated like chattel, begging for crumbs.
With each grueling day in that room, Julie fights back her spiraling terror and holds onto her diminishing sanity enough to plan her escape. When she is left alone with Cora, her abductor’s wife, she sees an opportunity. Strange and slightly disconnected from reality, Cora holds all the power, yet Julie can sense the vulnerability underneath her cruel exterior. If her abductor can manipulate Cora, Julie believes she can too.
Cora, however, is not to be underestimated. She’s survived things Julie could never imagine, and she will fight to the death to hold onto what she has: her husband, her farm, her rightful place as mistress. And then, when more facts come to light, the stakes become even higher.
Meanwhile, as the two women work to destroy one another, Julie realizes some hard truths about herself, for better and worse. She discovers her strength and unexpected resolve, but also her own dark side. Horrified by the murderous feelings that rise to the surface, she struggles with who she really is and must accept that she isn’t the noble and morally pure person she always thought. She too has a hard core and a self-preservation instinct that manifests in ways that aren’t pretty, and it slowly dawns on her that she and Cora aren’t as different as they seem. But will it be enough to save her?