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Follow Me (Social Media Murders #1)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  1,450 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews
'We've been waiting for a novel that shows just how creepy and scary social media actually is and this is it. Angela Clarke knows exactly which buttons to press. #creepedmeout’ -Tania Carver


The ‘Hashtag Murderer’ posts chilling cryptic clues online, pointing to their next target. Taunting the police. Enthralling the press. Capturing the public’
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 31st 2015 by Avon
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Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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This book did something that I honestly did not think was even possible for me. When I started the book, I wasn't connecting with it at all. I was having such a problem with it that I seriously considered not finishing it about a third of the way through. The story just wasn't clicking for me. I decided to read a bit more....and the impossible happened....I couldn't put it down. I can't remember this happening to me before this book. I ended
Mar 24, 2016 Malia rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This is a debut novel, and I have not read many mysteries or books using the terrifying the idea it proposes, so props for creativity. The thought that social media could be used by some cruel minds to commit crimes and advertise their villainy is scary and sadly, not unrealistic. I was intrigued as soon as I read about it and was very keen to get my hands on a copy.
The book surprised me because I found it difficult to get into, which I was not expecting. I thought it would be like Soph
Angela Marsons
Jan 27, 2016 Angela Marsons rated it it was amazing
I had this book on pre-order from the moment it was available but had not been able to get to it because of work commitments. Once I did pick it up I couldn't put it down. As a new (ish) user of social media I was immediately captivated by the hashtag murder premise. I was drawn in from page one and found Freddie Venton to be my kind of girl. She is ballsy and tenacious but human and not without her flaws - a totally realistic main character. The story carried me along seamlessly to the point wh ...more
Nov 27, 2015 Christine rated it it was amazing
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. Obviou
Nov 18, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Follow Me – Great Debut Thriller

Who knew the depths of Angela Clarke, well known British fashion writer, someone who could give a peasant such as me much need style hints besides put your head in a paper bag. Well she has written an absolutely breath taking debut crime thriller, that is feels so close to the truth that it could just be real.

Angela Clarke’s writing style and prose just draws you in and before you know it you are close to the end, she has an addictive writing style. While at the
Aug 11, 2016 Dave rated it really liked it
I loved this book!

After hearing conflicting reviews, you always start off a little suspect.

It is very up to date regarding social media. Very fast-paced, engrossing and the pages turn faster than you can keep up with the story. And a bonus of a very sinister, slippery serial killer!!

Splendid reading and recommended!
Jan 12, 2017 Prerana rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-z-2017
January 8, 2017



January 12, 2017
Just wanted to let you know that I wrote 2016 in the dates before I realized it was the new year. Did you also know in October 2016 I wrote the date as October 2014? I'm really good at this.

Anyway, let's discuss this book.

Pretty dang good.

However, however.

Ah! How do I explain this? 3 1/2 stars. I really liked the novelty of the idea. It was also pretty interesting and intriguing and I actually did not see the murderer
Jan 23, 2016 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited when it was announced Angela Clarke had FINALLY signed a deal for a fiction book - and a crime thriller, no less. I loved her non-fiction book Confessions of a Fashionista and I was dead excited to read Follow Me, and I have to say I was super impressed with this book! It's one of the most fast paced crime thrillers I've ever read. You literally spend the whole novel on tenterhooks waiting for Apollyon to strike again. Who knew a Twitter serial killer could be so absorbing, and ...more
Nov 29, 2015 Nigeyb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a modern crime novel and had heard about Follow Me by Angela Clarke through some reviews. Helpfully, via NetGallery, the publishers sent me a copy to read and review.

Overall I enjoyed it. I like books set in London and this book, with plenty of London scenes, created a good sense of place.

Freddie, the central character, is a struggling graduate trying to break through as a journalist, writing for free, whilst also generating income, sufficient to subsist, by working in a St Pa
Tracy Fenton
Sep 20, 2016 Tracy Fenton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Follow Me is an original and topical crime thriller featuring some fabulous characters, cracking dialogue and humour. I can imagine many readers don't particularly like the main character Freddie but I loved her. She was ballsy and outspoken and in yer face! This is a real page turner full of tension and fast paced action. 4 stars
Rebecca Bradley
If you're a social media user then this book is going to interest you because you’re aware of the online community, the worlds that thrive in it, how we all interact and how, when circumstances are right, things can go horribly, horribly wrong. The online world is a melting pot of personalities and yet, for the most part, we thrive side by side. It’s when there is something to see, like car crash TV, that social media gets a life all of its own and this is explored here.

Clarke turns social media
Dec 16, 2015 Agi rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015

Oh, holy shit, guys, each time somebody follows me on Twitter now I get shivers (which happens often, very often, as we're running Christmas Countdown right now and many people do follow me. Oops. Bad timing :) )

There is a very eclectic group of characters in this novel, which make the reading even more interesting and gripping. The narration switches often between Freddie and Nasreen, although it is Freddie who is the main character, but thanks to the switches we are allowed to really get to kn
Dec 04, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed on Becca's Books.

Adrenaline-spiking. Paranoia-inducing. A wild & electric take on today's social-media ruled generation.

Well, I suppose I should be honest and say that it was my own love of social media which drew me to this book originally, swiftly followed by the strikingly bold cover and the absolutely superb promotional packages which I, alongside many other bloggers, received from Avon. Plus, just recently I've been tip-toeing cautiously away from my usual choices
Nov 25, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Follow Me by Angela Clarke is published by Avon. The ebook is out on 3 December 2015, followed by the paperback on 31 December 2015.

Social Media; Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram .... the home of arguments, feuds, debate. A platform to connect with people just like you, or to haunt those that are the opposite. A place to make friends, or enemies. Social Media: the biggest change in how we live our lives, how we talk to each other, how we learn things. Online ..... where no one ca
Feb 01, 2016 Jill rated it it was amazing
Wow, this is one hell of a debut novel! I am loving psychological thrillers at the moment, and Follow Me had me totally captivated. Although I have read lots of thrillers over the years, this one was different as it was the first one I have read where the killer actively uses social media (Twitter), to engage with his audience. It was really quite freaky!

So, what is the book about? The main protagonist is Freddie. Freddie is a journalist who works in a cafe to make some extra money. One evening
Dec 17, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Freddie Venton is a struggling wannabe journalist, writing articles for free trying to get herself noticed whilst working shifts in a coffee shop. She can’t afford a place of her own so shares a dingy flat with others and sleeping on the sofa. Her life may be a disaster, but her addiction to social media will find a use for her talents.

One night she comes across an old school friend, Nasreen Cudmore. Nasreen is now a Met police officer and when it appears that something big is happening, Fr
Freddie Venton has a degree in journalism but works in a coffee shop. She writes a student column for free for a local paper, but wants to be a paid journalist writing about things she cares about. One night she is standing outside the coffee shop. Taking a break after serving a difficult customer, when she see Nasreen Cudmore her old school friend who is now a police sergeant with The Met. Freddie tries to talk to Nasreen but Nasreen is embarassed and does not walk to talk. Nasreen is with her ...more
Jan 10, 2016 Shaun rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016

Avon's books always stand out as some of my most memorable reads of the year and I couldn't wait to read Follow Me when I received a review copy because I loved the sound of it. The story centres around the 'Hashtag Murderer' who posts cryptic clues on Twitter which point to their next target, the murder basically playing out on social media. Taunting the police. Enthralling the press. Capturing the public's imagination. As the story grows, so too does the follower count of the murderer and t
Wendy (Little Bookness Lane)
Follow Me is a ballsy, social-media-murder-mystery that strikes a loud fictional chord with the ‘online’ world we live in today. This, and the frenzied attempts to catch a serial killer, creates a punchy and enthralling read.

In a brave journalistic move, the abrasive Freddie soon discovers how a deranged oddball is earning their name as the #Hashtag Murderer. After harnessing the power of social media to its full anonymous advantage, an account, known only as @ Apollyon, tweets a series of short
Rachel Gilbey
Nov 08, 2015 Rachel Gilbey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Follow Me is a very cleverly crafted, intelligent thriller, that raises very valid contemporary points about social media. Would you follow someone who appears to be the #Murderer just to see what they are up to? Would you ignore them, and what happens if that user follows you?

Freddie is a wannabe journalist desperate for her big break so she can stop working in a coffee shop on the night shift, and to be paid for her writing. When she spots her former good friend in a station, she reac
Rachel K
Jan 15, 2016 Rachel K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
This was a really compelling thriller with a strong modern presence. I was kept guessing right up to about two pages before the identity of the #murderer was revealed.

It took me a little while to get into the story. I felt fairly indifferent towards the main character, Freddie, so it was only when the action started to build that I got interested. The premise of a murderer who leaves clues on Twitter was really gripping. I was itching to see how that whole scenario began, and the way the account
Nov 19, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Firstly I’d like to thank the publishers for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook. I first heard about it on Twitter and was instantly intrigued, I hadn’t read a book from this genre for a while so I thought it would make a refreshing change.

Straight away the drama of the situation reeled me in, I just didn’t want to stop reading. Many questions were raised: Who was the ‘Hashtag Murderer’? Why did he/she choose those particular victims? Who was next on the list? etc. These questions pla
I loved this! Utterly addictive with such a likeable main character. A corker!

A review:
Feb 09, 2016 Voracious rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*deep breath* Suffice to say, I'm in no hurry to find out what comes next in any future instalments of the social media murders series.

Feb 26, 2016 Morag rated it did not like it
Awful writing, irritating characters, great big muddy holes in the plot. I actually don't know how I managed to stick right to the end. Just so glad I've finished it. Ugh.
Liz Barnsley
Review to follow nearer publication.
Dec 09, 2016 Katherine rated it liked it
It's hard to ignore a book with the strap line "Online no one can hear you scream." It's hard to ignore a book with a blurb like this. It's hard to ignore a book with an opening chapter title FML. It's hard to ignore a book with a main character like Freddie. It's hard to ignore your phone every time it pings with a Twitter notification, Facebook update, email or text message.

It's hard to ignore this story!

Angela Clarke has written a crime thriller which is so 'of the moment' it's as compulsive
Dec 02, 2015 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Dec 22, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
After a rather impressive social media campaign, Follow Me was firmly on my radar. I think everyone knows how much I love a good crime/thriller novel and so it was with much excitement I started reading Angela’s debut.
Follow Me takes a look at the darker side of social media and reminds us all that what we share online can be seen by anyone. Freddie is our main character with a dismal job in a coffee shop but who dreams of being a paid journalist and whilst she writes free articles, she’s dying
Nov 11, 2015 Lainy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Publisher - Avon

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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 Fred
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Angela Clarke is an author, playwright, columnist, screenwriter and broadcaster. Her debut crime thriller Follow Me was named Amazon’s Rising Star Debut of the Month January 2016, longlisted for the Crime Writer’s Association Dagger in the Library 2016, and shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Page Turner Award 2016. Watch Me is the second instalment in the Social Media Murder Series. Angela’s mem ...more
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