Friday 11 December 2015

Blog Tour: Follow Me by Angela Clarke

Title: Follow Me
Author: Angela Clarke 
Published: 3rd December 2015
Publisher: Avon

Happy Friday bookworms! Today I am thrilled to be on the Blog Tour for Follow Me by Angela Clarke! This has been a very anticipated read of mine this year and I am thrilled to share my review with you. As always, the other stops on the tour are listed below, so don't forget to strop by their awesome blogs too.

Follow Me was a highly anticipated read of mine this year as it just sounded so different from other thrillers that I have read, but still manage to be very current and up-to-date with today's world.

This is a brilliant modern day thriller that has a unique take on the social media obsessed of us today. This is what mainly had me so fascinated to read this, as despite social media being so prevalent in what we do in our day to day lives, I had not come across a novel that actually had it as the main focus and a murder focus at that!

I love a thriller that keeps you on your toes and keeps you guessing and Angela Clarke really delivers here. Not once will you have any idea of what is going to happen. Follow Me is so fast paced and action packed, you don't have time to really sit back and think about who the murderer could be. Dubbed the #Hashtagmurderer, it really is a race against time to catch them, before they claim their next victim. With only cryptic clues from the #hashtagmurderer's own twitter account to go on, the jubilee police force have their work cut out, and it only seems to be Freddie Venton, wannabe big time journalist that is taking these tweets seriously. Drafted in as their Social Media Advisor after being in her right place at the right time to get her big story and wanting to avoid police charges, Freddie has her work cut out to convince the police to listen to her.

Leading on from Freddie, Angela has created some seriously punchy characters and two great female leads, Nasreen and of course Freddie. I was so intrigued by their mysterious side story and what it was there did all those years ago, especially with them being complete opposites of each other. Her writing is so engaging and fast moving, you will literally find yourself racing through. I managed to read this in a few hours, it was that compelling.

There were a couple of things that I did find slightly unrealistic in a case like this, like the police not having much of an idea about social media- well I would hope they do realistically, but this was just a small niggling thing and it didn't detract from the overall story. Follow Me still had an enthralling premise and scarily probably not far from the truth of what could happen, with a hashtag murderer on the loose! Definitely made me think about what I say online and who is following me!

Full of hidden agendas and lots of mystery around the central characters, this is a very dark and cryptic tale that will easily keep you on the edge of your seat and constantly guessing.


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