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December 21, 2015




The ‘Hashtag Murderer’ posts chilling cryptic clues online, pointing to their next target. Taunting the police. Enthralling the press. Capturing the public’s imagination.

But this is no virtual threat.

As the number of his followers rises, so does the body count.

Eight years ago two young girls did something unforgivable. Now ambitious police officer Nasreen and investigative journalist Freddie are thrown together again in a desperate struggle to catch this cunning, fame-crazed killer. But can they stay one step ahead of him? And can they escape their own past?

Time’s running out. Everyone is following the #Murderer. But what if he is following you?

Online, no one can hear you scream…


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 followers have the Hashtag Murder got?
As the popularity of social media sites like Twitter grow, and society struggles to fashion new moral structures to keep pace with increasing technology developments, it had reached a threshold is this the first # murder?
Keys are pressed and code unfurl, filling the screen, multiplying, travelling through wires, reaching out in invisible waves from one computer to another. Spreading millions of words and millions of images that fill up the Internet. An email address is entered. A password. A date of birth. A phone number. A new account is created. Across Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Vine, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram.
Freddie Venton in taken in the police interview room she confesses to entering a crime scene under false pretences. Superintendent Gray offers Freddie a way out of being charged, he wants Miss Venton to join their team as a social Media Advisor as Freddie has an insight into the online community his officers lacked.  What is in store for Freddie?. Will Freddie accept Superintendent Gray’s offer? Or would Freddie rather be charged?
Follow me is not only a good thriller with twists nicely added in, But Angela Clarke has written a rare novel that is up to date with Social Media, Twitter, Facebook, WhatApp, Snapchat and Instagram.



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