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. It was an exciting and up to date thriller that explores just how dangerous social media is, and how warped the human mind can be, looking in particular at our fascination with dark and grisly crimes. Although we say that such crimes are terrifying and abhorrent, we are all playing armchair detectives whenever a high profile murder case hits the news and pointing the finger at who we think is the person the police should be after. Angela looks at this in a new way when the criminal in her book uses Twitter, and gains masses of new followers on a daily basis all desperate to know their next move.
Follow Me introduces us to Freddie Venton, an aspiring journalist, but currently she is working as a waitress at Espress-Oh. We are also introduced to Nasreen Cudmore, a police detective. Freddie and Nasreen are old friends, but 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 involved in an 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 was shaking my head at Freddie’s decisions, particularly in the early chapters, and I wasn’t sure if I liked 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 on my enjoyment of the story.
The idea of using social media was fascinating and provides a brilliant hook, especially for those using Twitter and Facebook, and I am a prolific Twitter user.
There is tension on every page of this book which will keep you turning the pages. There is tension between Freddie and Nasreen as Freddie becomes more involved in the investigation, I wanted to see how this was going to affect their relationship further as the investigation progressed.
Follow Me is a great debut and Angela Clarke is an author to watch.
Publication date: 31st December 2015
Print length: 352 pages