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October 26, 2016

 

"What was she going to do? Sit at home on Twitter until she spotted something useful?"

― Angela Clarke, Follow Me

 

3.5 ****
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 Sophie McKenzie or Jane Casey, whose books I can hardly put down. I think it was the characters I found trouble connecting with. Though I definitely warmed to Freddie by the end of the book, her partner of sorts, Nas, left me cold. I also kind of guessed very early on who was the killer, but not being certain, it didn't bother me much. I did find it really unrealistic that the police in London would take on a civilian journalist to help them in their investigation of a serial killer just because she knows how to use social media, and even though she was repeatedly put into bad situations because of the police incompetence, they weren't even very nice to her?! Sorry, but that really irritated me, because I felt that Freddie was the only one having any sort of human reaction to the crimes. Aaanyway... despite these niggles, Clarke has a good writing style and I will certainly keep my eye out for her next novel.

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