LIKE. SHARE. FOLLOW . . . DIE
The ‘Hashtag Murderer’ posts chilling cryptic clues online, pointing to their next target. Taunting the police. Enthralling the press. Capturing the public’s imagination.
But this is no virtual threat.
As the number of his followers rises, so does the body count.
Eight years ago two young girls did something unforgivable. Now ambitious police officer Nasreen and investigative journalist Freddie are thrown together again in a desperate struggle to catch this cunning, fame-crazed killer. But can they stay one step ahead of him? And can they escape their own past?
Time’s running out. Everyone is following the #Murderer. But what if he is following you?
ONLINE, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM …
This is Angela Clarke’s debut crime novel and Follow Me is the first in the Social Media Murders Series. I had great hope for this book after seeing cryptic clues on Twitter, so when the opportunity came up to review Follow Me, I had to say “yes”
The first thing I have to say about Follow me is I couldn’t connect with one of the main characters, I found it difficult to find any traits in Freddie that could make me like her, She’s brash, opinionated and towards the end of the story she just irritated the hell out of me! I also found it hard to believe that the police would just invite Freddie to join their task force to find the murderer, without any relevant checks! And what I found even more incredible was the fact the police allowed her not only visit crime scenes but investigate them to!
Follow Me shows just how powerful Twitter and other social media sites can be, and how one Twitter message can start a frenzy. It also makes you think about your own virtual footprint when using social media, and how much personal information “we put out there”, without really thinking about the number of people who maybe reading it. Also it makes you think “do you really know the people you interact with on social media?”…..Who knows one of them might just be the next hashtag murderer! I thought the way Angela used Twitter to build up the tension to the story was very clever.
Despite my moan about the characters I did enjoy Follow me, it has all the components needed for a good crime thriller, suspense, intrigue and a well thought out plot. It certainly kept me reading late into the night and as the final chapters loomed, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I will certainly look out For Angela’s next offering, I gave Follow 4 out of 5 because even at the end of the book, Freddie still grated on me!
4 ☕️☕️☕️☕️out of 5 from me
Kindle: available from 3rd December 2015
Paperback edition:published 31st December 2015