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Book Review: Follow Me, by Angela Clarke.

28 Jan
Book Review: Follow Me, by Angela Clarke.

During the run up to Christmas last year, I participated in a Secret Santa that was organised by Emma (@emthebookworm) and Kelly (@kellyspillane). If you search the hashtag #BaublesandBooks on twitter you will see much chat. My match was the very generous Sharon (@SharonSAtkinson). Sharon bought me this brilliant book, amongst quite a few others. I had read the blurb on this book, and being about an online serial killer, it really piqued my interest. It was as I had hoped an excellent griping read. So, thank you to Sharon, Emma and Kelly. 

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Description:

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. . .

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Published December 31st 2015 by Avon

My Thoughts:

This book is brilliant. We follow Freddie, a waitress come investigative journalist. As Freddie is waiting for the big story to make her mark, she stumbles upon just the way she thinks to make her name in the papers! And it does just that, though perhaps not the way she expected! 

Freddie accidentally meets up with her old school friend Naz who is working in the police force, and between the two of them and the other police, they have a race against time to find the social media online serial killer who has cleverly named himself @apolloyon aka #murderer. Some of this reading is scary stuff. The Author has really put her knowledge of social media in this book, and it is scary to see how much people can find out or giveway about themselves, without knowing. But also how anonymous you can be, if you know the right tools, as @apolloyon did. This book is so current, and will really appeal to all readers who have an interest in social media and who love crime thrillers. (This is me – absolutely the target audience here!)

The characters are great in this book, really well developed and I liked that you could see how the plot had changed both Freddie and Naz by the end of the book. Freddie is a complex character and I can see how Naz is confused as how to feel about her, Freddie is impulsive, gutsy yet also has a big heart. Freddie is a whizz at social media, despite tripping herself up at times as she adds her location to Facebook!! It did baffle me a bit that the police force seemed so inadequate in their knowledge of social media, but I guess that why they have IT specialists. 

At the beginning of each chapter, the killers followers and following are shown, this was a really nice touch and made the book so ‘now’. As the followers go up, so do the murders, so this book really was a page turner. 

As the killer is revealed towards the end of the book, I thought back over the pages and could see how cleverly wound this tale was. I had an idea, but that is only because I tend to suspect everyone! Angela Clarke is a very talented writer and I may just have found myself a new favourite Author.

If you love social media and crime thrillers, this book is for you. Even if you are not into social media, then this book will give you a much better understanding of it, and probably keep you away from Twitter and Facebook too. Angela Clarke has written a very clever book, and I can’t wait to read her next book.

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Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/@TheAngelaClarke

AngelaClarke.co.uk

 

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8 responses to “Book Review: Follow Me, by Angela Clarke.

  1. irena_bookdustmagic

    January 28, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Great review, Amanda!
    Ohh, you really got me interesting into this book! I love, love, love when characters are well developed , and it would be interesting to see how we overshare things on social media, how it can hurt us.
    Plus, I’ve heard amazing things about this author. I’m glad you found another favorite of yours. 🙂

     
    • chocolatepages

      January 28, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      Yes, the Author has just released the next book of this kind with the same 2 characters, so I’m hoping to read that soon too. (‘Watch Me’).

       
  2. Donna

    January 30, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Social media and thrillers? I’m in! I love that angle in stories, it is so relatable to what we’re living now. Maybe this book will make me a little paranoid about social media for a few days but it sounds totally worth it! Also, sometimes it is hard to find character development in this kind of plot as a lot is happening so I’m happy this is taken care of in Follow Me! Fab review!

     
    • chocolatepages

      January 30, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks. I’m sure you would love this book too Donna. It did make me a bit paranoid about social media, but also more aware of how exposed we are! I was very lucky and just won a copy of the next in the series today. I can’t wait to read Watch Me which is more about snap chat than Twitter. I haven’t used that before. Thank you for your compliments. 😊

       
  3. theorangutanlibrarian

    February 17, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Wow this sounds so cool- I am definitely up for a social media thriller!!

     

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