Title: Follow me
Author: Angela Clarke
Number of pages: 330 pages
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 …”
Freddie, an online journalist, is trying to make a name for herself so she combines her passion to write (which for the moment is bringing to her zero income) with a waitress job so she can make ends meet. She is just waiting for her opportunity, but she didn’t know that it will come in the form of a former and long lost friend. When she reunites with her friend Nas and finds out she is a police she takes her chances and follows her, trying to get her big story. That is how she becomes part of the team that tries to catch the #Murder. A cold blooded killer that takes to Twitter photos of the murders.
What I liked about this book is that shows in a very realistic way the world of twenty-something young professionals as well as the power of internet, both the positive and negative power. On the one hand you can see the need to take unpaid jobs to gain experience or accept bad paid ones just to have money at the end of the month. And it makes you wonder, how far would you go? Would you do unethical things to score big?
On the other hand, it shows how technological connected is the world but at the same time we actually never know who are we talking to or who is behind, anyone can pretend to be someone else.
I was looking forward to read this book as I have seen good reviews about it, but in the end I got a bit disappointed. The rhythm of the story is a bit slow for me with too many descriptions and wanderings on how Freddie feels and every step she takes. It surprised me, not in a good way, that they are always mentioning a “big” story behind the relationship between Nas and Freddie, but when it was the moment to explain it, it was done in one page. Leaving you unease as you were expecting much more.This is why I rated this book with a 2.
Have you read it? If so, did you like it?