Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Book Review: Follow Me | Angela Clarke


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 Review

When it comes to my reading tastes I am a creature of habit, as long as there is either a romance or a magical element to a story then I am easily pleased. It is not a known thing for me to stray from the genres that I am comfortable with so when I found out about a new book set to arrive on the scene from an Author who I already liked, I was thrilled. Angela Clarke’s debut novel ‘Confessions of a Fashionista’ was a comical expose on the comical and often ridiculous world of fashion. I read it and devoured it completely, but then I found out that her new book ‘Follow Me’ was a Crime Thriller I was a little afraid to test the waters. Not in any way due to the writer, but to the fact that there are certain genres that I am a bit of a wimp to try. But I was already familiar with the way Angela wrote, and I had faith in her skills as an author so I started to become quite excited to give this book a go.

Well, let me tell you I was not disappointed. I was thoroughly gripped. This is an intense read yet there are some comical elements from Freddie who is our main heroine in this story. I found the story to be so cleverly woven together that I found myself constantly guessing and trying to figure things out before the police did in the book. What was also unique about the story is that the murderer centres themselves around and within social media, and in today’s society where such communication is so prevalent, I found it a wonderful and modern twist on the usual whodunit.

What social media has done s allow people to have a normally unfiltered view into the lives of others and with the obsession over reality TV and sudo-celebs, the general populous has developed a bad case of rubber necking and capturing everything with their hand held devices. This is wonderfully captured in this book as social media becomes a main character all of its own and we are given an extreme example of how it can be used in a horrifically negative way. The #murderer becomes an overnight celebrity and the followers and tweeters builds up at an alarmingly fast rate.

While this story may be an extreme case of what can become if social media is wielded as a weapon, we are given this idea of consequence and how our actions regardless of whether we are hidden behind a keyboard can have a detrimental effect on the lives of others. This is an intelligently written piece of fiction that brings in elements of real life that will make the reader question the moral integrity of every character in this book. Even our protagonist Freddie. 

I must say that I did not guess who the murderer was, and according to the author not many people have. I also fell asleep reading this book several times, not because the book is dull, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. But due to the fact that I was reading in bed trying to keep going, but my body won out several times with its need for something as petty as sleep. I mean seriously, has my body not heard of the phrase ‘less sleeping more reading’?

This is a thoroughly griping read, and I am grateful for it as it opened my eyes to another genre of book that I am now more than willing to try. This book is intense, exciting and mind bogglingly addictive. I am looking forward to the sequel, the way the book ended will have you thinking exactly the same thing. Because let me tell you this, things aren’t over when they seem like things are finished. 

On a last note, I read a poor review of this book that complained about ‘foul language’ and an ‘unnecessary sex scene’ and how the book was at times vulgar. Well I have no idea what kind of book this ‘reviewer' was expecting but everything in this book is necessary to the story and its characters. I would recommend that if this review wants to read a fluffy and magical whodunit that completely avoided the gritty reality of what we call life, then they should go and read a bloody 'Where’s Wally' book.

I gave this book a thrilling 10/10

Thanks to Avon UK for my review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date:
Ebook: 3rd December 2015
Paperback:  31st December 2015
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About The Author

Angela Clarke is an author, columnist and playwright. Her debut crime novel Follow Me (Avon) is out December 2015. Follow Me is the first in the Social Media Murders Series. Her memoir Confessions of a Fashionista (Ebury) is an Amazon Fashion Chart bestseller. Her debut play The Legacy received rave reviews after it's first run at The Hope Theatre in June 2015. Angela's journalist contributions include: The Guardian, The Independent Magazine, The Daily Mail, and Cosmopolitan. Now magazine described her as a 'glitzy outsider'. Angela read English and European Literature at Essex University, and Advances in Scriptwriting at RADA. In 2015 Angela was awarded the Young Stationers' Prize for achievement and promise in writing and publishing. 

She is almost always late or lost, or both.

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