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Follow Me by Angela      Clarke
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 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 same time she must have one hell of a twisted mind (a good thing) to come up with this story, those hidden depths have come to the surface. What Angela Clarke delivers is a fast paced, modern crime thriller that puts the reader in the centre of the story. The characters are fantastic, whether the police characters, Freddie, the want to be journalist, and as for the villain nice and twisted.

Freddie is working in a coffee shop doing the night shift at St Pancras Station, when she bumps in to her former best friend Nas who is now a detective with the Metropolitan Police. She manages to get her number and also an app to follow where she goes on her mobile phone.

She follows Nas to a crime scene, and Freddie’s journalistic instincts kick in, and she manages to get in to the crime scene, given the suit and allowed to see what has happened. She gets kicked out when her friend discovers her and writes a story for a National Newspaper while at the same time she gets herself arrested for accessing the crime scene.

Eventually the Police hire Freddie as their Social Media Advisor, as the murderer uses Twitter to publicise the crime and taunt the Police while building up a following. The murder also captures the minds of the public especially the twitter trolls, and it is Freddie who is explaining the Police what things mean online.

Freddie keeps getting wound up by police procedure especially when other bodies appear, and the killer taunts the police on twitter. An unspoken problem between Nas and Freddie comes to ahead which has clouded both of them and they need to clear the air. The argument has helped both in their clarity of who they may be looking for.

As the case progresses the Police still seem to be behind the game and as the bodies do pile up there is no visible link to each of the victims. It is only if they can find links they may find the murderer who is hiding in plain view on social media taunting the Police.

This is a fantastic crime thriller set in the world of social media, which shows us some of the darker aspects of which people fear. Fast paced and not a wasted word or sentence or perfectly aimed to get to the point like 140 characters on twitter. A great debut I cannot wait to see what Angela Clarke comes up with, I hope she carries on with twisted themes.
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November 18, 2015 – Shelved
November 18, 2015 – Shelved as: crime-thrillers

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message 1: by Christine (new)

Christine Nice review, Paul. I'll give this one a shot!

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