Kate Doughty discusses her debut novel, The Follower, with Christopher Tilghman. A spine-tingling YA thriller based on a true story, The Follower examines the implications of what it is to be watched in the era of social-media fame—as well as the lies we tell and the lengths we’ll go to uphold a perfect image, when our lives depend on it.

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Instagram-famous triplets Cecily, Amber, and Rudy—the children of home renovation superstars—are ready for a perfect summer. They’ve just moved onto the site of their parents’ latest renovation project when they begin to receive spine-tingling messages from someone called The Follower. It soon becomes clear that this anonymous threat is more than a simple Internet troll, and they can’t wait to shatter the Cole family’s perfect veneer and take back what’s theirs.

“Hits all the marks for readers who love this subgenre.”—Booklist

“Teens love a mystery, and this one is ­definitely a page-turner.”—School Library Journal

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