Follow Me into the Dark
Follow Me into the Dark
Insidious assumptions of sex and violence poison a small-town family.
What happens when children are denied love and then left to their own devices? Follow Me into the Dark traces the unraveling of a family marred by perverse intergenerational abuse. Kate is a young baker whose mother is dying of cancer. Gillian is an oversexed, hyper-intellectual who looks like Kate and is sleeping with Kate’s stepfather. Jonah is Gillian’s odd but devoted stepbrother, who increasingly matches the description of the “Doll Collector,” a menacing serial killer. With Kate flailing in her mourning and beating back unwelcome memories, snippets of her family legacy are revealed just as the Doll Collector’s body count grows.
A complex, dark expression of the deprived heart and the desperate lengths children will go to in order to create family.
“The raw terror of Sullivan’s novel lies in her depiction of family, of motherhood, not as safe haven but as private, internal danger. The horror comes from within, from inside the house, from inside the family, from inside the mind." —Los Angeles Review of Books
"A searing portrayal of a woman's complicated grief. . . . An original, spellbinding, and horrifying read." —Kirkus (starred review)
"Sullivan’s haunting novel should have a strong appeal for fans of dark, psychological suspense." —Booklist
“Within the first words you'll find yourself pulled into something rich, luminous, and unsparing. I'm reminded of contemporaries like Merritt Tierce and Ottessa Moshfegh, but Felicia Sullivan achieves both an emotional intensity and pacing that is simultaneously seductive and blistering. Follow Me into the Dark is both an invitation and a dare. Accept both. You'll be glad you did.” —Joe McGinniss Jr., author of Carousel Court
“A haunting and wholly engrossing story of uncommon moral complexity, with prose bright and swift as lightning.” —Laura van den Berg, author of Find Me
“Precise and powerful, Felicia Sullivan’s gorgeous novel takes you on a journey through the darkest sides of human nature, with arresting images and unforgettable characters that don’t let go.” —Liza Monroy, author of Seeing As Your Shoes Are Soon To Be On Fire
"A gripping exploration of pain, anger and revenge. It will stay with you long past the last page." —Kelly Braffet, author of Save Yourself