Follow Me – Angela Clarke

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Published on 3rd December 2015 as an ebook and on 31st December 2015 in paperback, by Avon/Harper Collins


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?


My thoughts

Follow Me has a very up-to-date vibe about it, with a hint of a classic Agatha Christie. A killer lurks on Twitter.

The story is pretty straight forward. Freddie is a young unpaid journalist struggling to get by. She finds herself embroiled in murder. She stumbles upon a crime scene, after following an old school friend. Her former friend, Naz, is in the police. They fell out eight years ago, rather mysteriously. This all leads Freddie into taking a role as a media advisor with the police. Obviously no one in the police can understand Facebook and Twitter, like our Freddie. The case becomes huge! They are hunting a killer, who uses social media rather cleverly to tease the public. Will Freddie, Naz and the murder investigation team catch the ‘Hashtag Murderer’?

This is one crime book that you have to read, with a wry smile and just accept the whole scenario. Obviously only in crime fiction are the police this daft regarding social media. I hope so anyway. The police are bumbling and slow to join the dots. This all works as a ploy to get Freddie in place to use her many talents. Freddie evolves into a sort of Hercule Poirot style consultant, who sees links and is pretty on the ball. She is cool and youthful. She knows everything there is to know about social media. I like her.

I had masses of fun reading this. I was highly amused by the set up with Freddie and slightly envious. She got to join the police and hunt a killer, just by turning up at a crime scene. How brilliant is that? The use of social media was inspired and exciting. Nothing would surprise me with Twitter these days. Killers tweeting to a mass audience. That could so easily happen. The public sussing out the clues. The police chasing behind. And I was intrigued by the insight into unpaid journalism, that we see through Freddie.

I was completely charmed and engaged with Angela Clarke’s Follow Me. I raced through the book, thoroughly enjoying the mix of humour, dark crime and the delightfully evil Twitter killer. I predict this will be a massive! #followme

My thanks to the publishers for my review copy! #thankyou



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Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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3 Responses to Follow Me – Angela Clarke

  1. I enjoyed this review, although I’m happy to say that yes police are knowledgable when it comes to social media and we have a specialist team that deal with such crimes. 😉

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