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Publisher's Summary

One of Literary Hub’s Favorite Books of the Year

“Seethingly assured...like all the best horror, [Follow Me to Ground] is an impressive balancing act between judicious withholding and unnerving reveals.” (The Guardian

A “legitimately frightening” (The New York Times Book Review) debut novel about an otherworldly young woman, her father, and her lover that culminates in a shocking moment of betrayal.

“You’ve never encountered a father-daughter story like Rainsford’s slim debut.” (Entertainment Weekly

Ada and her father, touched by the power to heal illness, live on the edge of a village where they help sick locals - or “Cures” - by cracking open their damaged bodies or temporarily burying them in the reviving, dangerous Ground nearby. Ada, a being both more and less than human, is mostly uninterested in the Cures, until she meets a man named Samson - and they quickly strike up an affair. Soon, Ada is torn between her old way of life and new possibilities with her lover, and eventually she comes to a decision that will forever change Samson, the town, and the Ground itself. 

“Visceral in its descriptions...this unworldly story is a well-crafted and eerie exploration of desire...beautifully intoxicating.” (Shelf Awareness

In Ada, award-winning author Sue Rainsford has created an utterly bewitching heroine, one who challenges conventional ideas of womanhood and the secrets of the body. 

“A triumph of imagination and myth-bending...equal parts beauty and horror [Follow Me to Ground is] unlike anything you will read this year.” (Téa Obreht) 

©2020 Sue Rainsford (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Didnt even finish the last hour and a half

I dont understand what I just wasted hours on. I kept thinking something was going to eventually happen then realized that I only had an hour and a half left and didnt even finish it. The writing itself is great, no flaws there. But the story line is not only boring, it doesnt exist. There is no rising action, no moments of triumph, sadness, anything. It just sort of exists.

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Terrible

This might be the worst story I have listened to.
It makes no sense at all.
The narration is excellent.

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Wow

OMG, what did I just listen to? I am transfixed, awed and amazed. This was a book that tickled the imagination and danced around the edges of disbelief and horror. This book is Ms. Rainford’s debut but I will be following her as an author. I chose the audiobook but it would read well as a book, of that I have no doubt.

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loved every detail - Guillermo del Toro needs to

Guillermo del Toro needs to make this movie. The story was over much too quick.

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What an amazing and unusual story!

This novel is so interesting and unique. Also it’s fun to listen to. Supernatural elements and mysteries you never tire of hearing about.

Wish it were longer or that there was more from the author.

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Just pointless

The book really had no storyline and didn’t make any sense.
It also jumps around a lot and it’s hard to follow which character we are listening to at any given time or what the timeline is.

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2nd time in 50 years I have disliked a book.

The narrator was good.
I never could figure out the story. Plot, ending, point of the story.

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I will keep my eye on this writer

A very Moody piece. Like nothing I have read before.
Quite and languid and creepy.

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Not worth the time or money

This book is the strangest thing ever. Has no point and no real story line that makes sense. Kept listening hoping the end of the book would explain the whole thing. It didn’t. It’s just like the author decided to quit writing and threw a ending out. Would not recommend even if it is free

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Not my cup of tea

I’d have to say I was disappointed in this book, especially given how short it is, meaning that it had to have some importance to it and quick significance in order to make it worth it, but sadly it did no it rise tot he occasion. I’d summarize it as a fantasy book of a selfish girl and her father who literally created her to do his bidding in helping cure other people. Neither is actually human, although they look that way. Both are broken deep down inside, which is the unraveling of their story, and it all amounts to nothing . I won’t say more than that. Needless to say, I would not recommend it because I didn’t leave the story feeling like I’d come away with something besides a bad taste.