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(Social Media Murders #1)

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'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

LIKE. SHARE. FOLLOW . . . DIE

The ‘Hashtag Murderer’ posts chilling cryptic clues online, pointing to their next target. Taunting the police. Enthralling the press. Capturing the public’
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 31st 2015 by Avon
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Alex I'm not sure it is unfortunately, other than via Kindle! I'm actually British but I live in the US, and I saw this book while on a trip to England. I…moreI'm not sure it is unfortunately, other than via Kindle! I'm actually British but I live in the US, and I saw this book while on a trip to England. I tried to purchase it once back in the US and couldn't find anywhere to buy it! I hate how few British books are available here, it's an issue I often come across!(less)
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

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
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Malia
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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
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Angela Marsons
Jan 27, 2016 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
Christine
Nov 26, 2015 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
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BookwormDH
Nov 19, 2015 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!
Paul
Nov 18, 2015 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
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Nigeyb
Nov 20, 2015 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
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Tracy Fenton
Sep 20, 2016 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
Leah
Nov 30, 2015 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
Prerana
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-z-2017
January 8, 2017
WHOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

MIND BLOWN.

REVIEW TO COME.

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
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Alan Cotterell
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Not bad but..

Glad I have read the next 2 books first, as I think that if I had read this one first, I wouldn't bother with the following books.
It was Ok but didn't really feel any afinity with the main characters. Couldn't care if they were killed or not. As stated before later books much better stories and better characters.
Siobhan
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I love it when crime fiction gives us a scare through using something everyone is obsessed with – social media. It’s great for that added fear factor, bringing the story to life in the everyday world. A lot of crime fiction uses it in the background, so I was more than willing to dive into a book where the main focus is the social media aspect. Such has happened a handful of times in the past, and I’ve always seemed to enjoy it (Chris Carter did it wonderfully, for example), so I was eager to di ...more
Agi
Dec 09, 2015 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
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Shae Petersen
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow I could not put this book down!! (view spoiler)
Karen
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5*

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
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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
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Sarah
Nov 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
3.5 stars.

Follow Me is a dark and fast paced thriller that takes us into the world of social media.

It's a story that kept me guessing all the way through as to who was behind the Hashtag murders as well as what happened in Freddie and Nas's past.

I enjoyed how the chapters have acronyms as the chapter titles. The author has very kindly put what the acronyms stand for as well in the chapter title, so have actually come away from this novel learning something, which is always good. It's certainly g
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Rita Costa (Lusitania Geek)
It was ok, it has some parts were nice and interesting but do I recommend? Well its nice for a travel read but isnt a book that will be forever in your memory. Just a nice book to past time during your travels or a small weekend. 3 ⭐ ...more
Rebecca
Nov 27, 2015 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
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Anne
Nov 25, 2015 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
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Jill
Nov 18, 2015 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
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Clare
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
Book Addict Shaun
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
3.5

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
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Wendy
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rachel Gilbey
Nov 08, 2015 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
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🔮⚡️Voracious
*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.

Liz Barnsley
Review to follow nearer publication.
Morag
Feb 05, 2016 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.
Jennifer Joyce
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Journalist Freddie Venton is looking for her big break, the story that will catapult her from the non-paying online articles to the front pages of national newspapers. So when she discovers there has been a grisly murder, she blags her way onto the scene.

Police officer Nasreen Cudmore is shocked to find her former best friend on the murder scene she is investigating. Nas hasn't seen Freddie since they were teenagers and she isn't ready to delve back into their past to dredge up the mistakes they
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Rachel Kirtlan
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, netgalley
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
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