Ayo Onatade is an avid reader of crime and mystery fiction. She has been writing reviews, interviews and articles on the subject for the last 12 years; with an eclectic taste from historical to hardboiled, short stories and noir films
Follow Me is Angela Clarke’s first book in the ‘Social Media Murder series” and tells the story of two young women at crossroads in their lives. Journalist Freddie Venton and Police Officer Sergeant Nasreen Cudmore once firm friends from childhood.
When a brutal murder is committed Venton who is desperate to not only be taken seriously but to also make a name for herself as a journalist is determined to get the inside scoop of what is surely the murder of the year. After a picture of the crime scene appears on Twitter it is clear that the only person who could have tweeted the picture is the killer. As the body count rises and the tweets become even more cryptic and the killer’s followers increasing rapidly it appears that only Venton can see what is going on but nobody is listening to her. Can the murderer be caught or will this be a case where he is able to stay one step ahead of them?
Follow Me is a well-written, taut, absolutely fascinating and scarily good crime novel that is too true to life and one that invokes modern-day society and all its sensibilities. I never knew that there were so many different acronyms used on social media. The sense of place and characterisation is one that makes you appreciate how well Follow Me tugs you into the story, makes you rethink all what you believed and accepted about Twitter and wonder why you use it in the first place.
It is also a story that will certainly make you look at social media and Twitter in particular with the utmost scepticism and horror. Outstanding! Perfect reading for anyone that believes that they can’t live without Twitter in their lives. Follow Me will certainly make you reconsider that thought. I certainly did. It is clearly the start of a wonderful series, superbly written. I definitely want more.