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BOOK REVIEW: Follow Me by Angela Clarke

LIKE. SHARE. FOLLOW... DIE.
The 'Hashtag Murderer' posts chilling cryptic clues on-line, 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 rise, 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?

Publisher: Avon

Follow Me by Angela Clarke is a riveting read and an excellent idea for a book. There is a serial killer on Twitter, they post cryptic clues on the social media site and the body count is going up. Unbelievably his followers increase and everybody is talking about the Hashtag Murderer.
Nasreen Cudmore is an up and coming police officer who is working on the case. Investigative journalist Freddie ends up on the case too; the two women were friends over eight years ago but a terrible secret has kept them apart. Are they going to be able to work together and what if anyone finds out what they did.
Follow Me is very much a cat and mouse story, the murderer always appears to be one step ahead and he is utilising Twitter to taunt the police in front of a huge audience.
I thought that Angela Clarke delivered an excellent plot with a really good, consistent pace. The story is so relevant to the world we live in and it really made me think about the on-line world and what people choose to show to others and what they hide.
Nasreen and Freddie were both good, solid characters. I enjoyed the story of the past and how they were linked but I was more focused on the murderer and how they were going to stop them.
I'm not 100% sure if the book would have such a big impact on someone who was not familiar with Twitter as it is quite a big concept to get your head round if you don't know how it works.
Angela Clarke is a new author for me and I really enjoyed this book. It felt very modern and relevant and the author held my attention whilst also giving me a lot to think about.

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