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Follow Me

(Social Media Murders #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,606 ratings  ·  279 reviews
Two young women who share a past secret—one now an ambitious journalist, the other a cop—must join forces to stop a vicious killer no matter the risk in this nail biting debut from an international bestselling author.

Recent graduate Freddie Venton is desperate to get her journalism career started. She cultivates contacts online, writes for free for digital publications, an
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 31st 2015 by Avon
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Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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
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
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
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
ReadAlongWithSue [Catching-Up]
Another series from my backlist.

If I hadn’t have had the other 2 on my list I may not have chosen to read them.

I say “may” because, although it’s a 2.75 star for me, rounded up there is actually something here.

It’s a topic up to date in this world....which was a plus side.

Not likeable characters ....but....I don’t care as I thought that added to it in my attitude of reading this book.

Downside, I just didn’t get excited or thrilled by it.
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!
Jay G
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
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2.5/5 Stars

Investigative journalist Freddie and police investigator Nasreen must put their past behind them and work together to catch the Hashtag murderer. This serial killer posts cryptic clues to Twitter about who their next victim is and its up to Freddie and Nasreen to figure out his identity before its too late.

Through out this entire book I couldn't tell if I actually liked it
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
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
It was pretty good. I can't say I remember too much of it, but it was fairly interesting. ...more
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 ...more
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
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.
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
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
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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
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
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
Nov 11, 2015 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
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing

It will take Twitter by storm – although if you’ve read the book you may be nervous about being too visible. After all, how do you catch an online killer?

Freddie shared a two-bed flat with five flat mates and was getting a bit fed up after working as a journalist for The Family paper online for free.

The body of forty-eight Alan Mardling, a local bank manager was found slumped over his computer with his throat cut. The murder suspect had tweeted a photo of the crime scene.But just how many follow
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
Carolyn M L
Dec 11, 2015 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 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. ...more
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 ⭐️
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 of
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
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
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
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
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
This story was a bit of fun and easy to read. The main character, Freddie Venton, was a bit kooky and I couldn't help liking her in the end, although she did some really dumb stuff at times. The premise of the story was interesting, a killer who posts online about his exploits and amasses followers who breathlessly await his latest clues about the next victim.

Where it fell down I think was that parts of the plot were a bit far-fetched IMHO. For example, I can't believe the police would be so ign
Shae Petersen
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow I could not put this book down!! (view spoiler) ...more
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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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