Published: 31st December 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?
Thank you to Avon for kindly sending me a review.
Freddie, a part time unpaid journalist and barista, needs a story in order to get her name in the newspaper and finally be paid. When she randomly bumps into an old friend in the train station, the story is boosted and the plot really gets going. As Freddie randomly joins the police team, she’s thrown back into her old life with Nasreen. Without a shadow of a doubt, there is something between the pair in terms of history and what happened in their past when they were just teenage girls. But what? I was interested to know as I suspected it may be some sort of revenge on the pair? The plot was paced really well, slow in some parts but exciting in others, especially when it came to the tweeted clues – just reading of how the police minds worked when unfolding cryptic clues was incredibly addictive.
“I never said I was a copper, I just showed up in one of those CSI suits and your bloke let me in.”
The plot became extremely addictive around the midpoint – both the murderer and the police instantly upped their game. Freddie became more of an interesting person than she was in the opening few chapters, she may not have realised it, but she seemed to enjoy working with the police. Her friendship with Nasreen slowly developed towards what is used to be.
“It says: Hope is rearranging her name.”
The conclusion of the mystery was not what I expected but then again, I don’t think anyone could have seen that coming. It was a very clever and cunning ending – the BBC ought to pick it up as a drama series! Angela’s writing is incredible; her descriptive words capture you from the opening, her clever plot had me reading at every possible given chance – amazing! I really enjoyed it.