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Meet A.V. Geiger!


A.V. Geiger is an epidemiologist who spends far too much spare time on social media. By day, she studies women’s psychiatric and reproductive health. By night, she can be found fangirling, following people back, and photoshopping the heads of band members onto the bodies of unicorns. Her writing career began with celebrity fan fiction, and her work draws extensively on her own experiences with online fan culture. Her original teen fiction has received millions of hits on the story-sharing website Wattpad, ranking as high as #1 in the mystery-thriller genre. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and twin boys. 



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Meet Follow Me Back!

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like he's speaking directly to her… 

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies. 

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn… 

Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts, this thriller for the online generation will keep you guessing right up to the shocking end.

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December 31, 2016, 8:42 p.m.

Case #: 124.678.21–001




INVESTIGATOR: Sorry to keep you waiting, Mr. Thorn. We’d like to ask you a few questions.

THORN: Where’s Tessa?

INVESTIGATOR: I’m Lieutenant Charles Foster. This is Detective Terence Newman. For the record, today is December 31 at 8:42 p.m. This interview is being recorded.

THORN: Is she here? Is she in the building?

INVESTIGATOR: Mr. Thorn, please sit down. This is an ongoing criminal investigation.

THORN: Tell me where she is!

INVESTIGATOR: We can’t discuss that until we’ve taken your statement.

THORN: She’s safe though, right? Will you tell me that much?

INVESTIGATOR: Son, the sooner you cooperate, the sooner we’ll get this whole thing sorted out.

THORN: OK. OK. What do you want to know?

INVESTIGATOR: Thank you. Please state your full name, date of birth, and occupation for the record.

THORN: Eric Taylor Thorn. Date of birth, March 18, 1998. What was the third thing?


THORN: I don’t...I don’t even know anymore. Take your pick. Singer. Songwriter. Actor. Underwear model. Professional media whore? Does that qualify as an occupation?

INVESTIGATOR: That’s fine, Mr. Thorn. Take it easy. This should only take a few minutes.

THORN: Should I have a lawyer?

INVESTIGATOR: You have the right to call an attorney at any time.

THORN: Am I under arrest?

INVESTIGATOR: We just have some questions. As I said, the sooner we have your statement, the sooner—

THORN: OK. Forget it. Tell me what you want to know.

INVESTIGATOR: Let’s start at the beginning.

THORN: The beginning. What’s the beginning? The day I got my record deal? The day I first picked up a guitar? I was about four years old.

INVESTIGATOR: We’re talking about Tessa Hart. Tell us how you and Ms. Hart first became involved.

THORN: Over Twitter. Last summer. I think it was sometime in August. It started before that though. Before I even set up the account... [pause]

INVESTIGATOR: Please continue.

THORN: I guess... [pause] I guess if you have to start the story somewhere, I’d say the whole thing actually started in June with Dorian Cromwell. You know, from the boy band.

INVESTIGATOR: Are you saying this case is connected to what happened to Dorian Cromwell?

THORN: No, not really. Sorry, I’m not making any sense. I just meant the story was all over the news. And then the trial with that messed-up girl. All because he followed her back.

INVESTIGATOR: I’m afraid I’m still not following. How does the Dorian Cromwell case relate to your relationship with Tessa Hart?

THORN: It’s funny. I knew it the moment I heard the story. I knew in my gut what must have happened to him. People say they’ll always remember where they were when Kennedy was shot. Or where they were on 9/11. That’s kind of how it was for me. I was driving down the Santa Monica Freeway with the top down, listening to the Top 40 on the radio. And the announcer broke in, right in the middle of number twelve. I wasn’t even paying attention, but that was weird. You knew it was something big because they stopped in the middle of the song. They didn’t know exactly what had happened yet. It took a few days to get to the bottom of it. About that girl, that fan. They didn’t even know for sure it was a murder at that point. They only knew that it was Dorian Cromwell. That’s what they said. Those were the exact words: Dorian Cromwell, lead singer of Fourth Dimension, was found dead this morning in London, floating facedown in the Thames.







Follow Me Back

By: A.V. Geiger

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Release Date: June 6th, 2017 





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