LIKE. SHARE. FOLLOW .... DIE
The 'Hashtag Murderer' posts chilling cryptic clues online, pointing to his 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.
Ambitious police officer Nasreen and investigative journalist Freddie are thrown together in a desperate struggle to catch this cunning killer. But can they stay one step ahead of him? And can they escape their own dark past?
Everyone is following the #Murderer.
But what if he is following you?
Follow Me is the first book in the social media murder series by Angela Clarke. After seeing the second novel, Watch Me a lot on Twitter I knew I that this was a series I had to read. It was an exciting, up to the minute read, and I’ll definitely be getting the next book in the series.
Follow Me introduces us to Freddie Venton, an aspiring journalist but currently working as a waitress at Espress-Oh and Nasreen Cudmore, a police detective. Freddie and Nasreen are old friends and they haven’t seen each other for years so it comes as a shock to Freddie when she bumps into Nasreen one day at work. When Freddie infiltrates a crime scene that her friend is working on she becomes unwittingly involved in the investigation which takes the media world and the public by storm. A serial killer is posting clues as to his next victim on Twitter.
I loved the main characters in this book. There were times when I definitely shook my head at Freddie’s decisions, particularly in the early stages of the book and I wasn’t particularly sure about Nasreen in the beginning but by the end I was rooting for them both and I can’t wait to see what Angela has in store for them next. Angela drew me into her characters world, so much so that I didn’t want the story to end. I did find it a little unusual that the police would use a civilian in such a high profile case and help them to investigate crime scenes. But that didn’t impact my opinion of the story.
The idea of using social media in a murder investigation was great and provides a brilliant hook for the story, especially for those using Twitter and Facebook and I am a prolific user of Twitter.
There is tension on every page of this book which will keep you turning the pages. I particularly found the tension between Freddie and Nasreen intriguing and it made me want to find out more about them.
Follow Me is a great debut and Angela Clarke is an author to watch.
Publication date: 31st December 2015
Print length: 352 pages