A young woman meets a celebrity. A video is taken. All a bit of harmless fun until the image is posted online and someone sees her as a threat. You’ll Be Thinking of Me of Me by Densie Webb is a gripping suspense ridden novel of chance meetings, obsessions, passions, and dangerous stalking. The first couple of chapters move a little slow, drawing a picture, and introducing the main characters of the novel. Then, after a chance meeting begins to move into memory, Webb hooks the reader into Rachael Allen’s onslaught of insecurity and torment.
Rachael Allen is a cool character. She seems very real and natural and is full of life. It is very easy to engage with her narration. Music is her passion and escape. A chance meeting with super celebrity, Mick Sullivan, gives Rachael a brief respite from her dreary unemployed life. Mick Sullivan is intriguing yet, at the beginning of the novel, he seems to only stumble into the story on cue to add to the intrigue. There seems to be little depth to Mick’s character, at first. Densie Webb fills out her characters as her story grows giving each a richness beyond the stereotype they could easily become. The surprise came with Brenda whom I couldn’t connect with at first and couldn’t place within context to the other characters. As the story developed, so too did Brenda’s place in the book. It’s the fullness of story and depth of character that make You’ll Be Thinking of Me a delight and wonder to read.
Densie Webb’s storytelling is vivid. Her language is clear and concise lending to the buildup of suspense as her novel progresses. Webb has a cunning way of beginning and ending her chapters with such precision that it feels natural to keep turning the page. Webb dangles enough clues to keep her reader in the know but holds back just enough to keep one guessing. Some of my surmises were correct and some of Webb’s conclusions turned out surprising, yet it all seemed to fit together.
Although well written and intriguing, there were a few little aspects preventing me from giving You’ll Be Thinking of Me a perfect score. The first chapter with Brenda didn’t seem to fit and placed a certain distance between me and the story; whereas, Rachael’s narrative drew me in close. Although I liked Rachael a lot, she seemed rather light on emotion during certain dramatic episodes and her slow to disperse nervousness around Mick became somewhat tedious at times. These areas are minor, could be personal to the reader, and do not hinder the book being a worthwhile read.
As much as I enjoyed Rachael and Mick’s narrative, I couldn’t wait to get to the end of the novel to know how the story was resolved. I found You’ll Be Thinking of Me an engaging and satisfying read that had me up late turning pages trying to know what happens next.
Nina Longfield is a writer living in Oregon’s fertile wine country. When she is not reading or writing in her spare time, Nina enjoys hiking in the hills surrounding her cabin.
Review copy was provided by Densie Webb.