“Snap out of it!”

“You have 6 seconds to read this message”

Hello! It’s nearly the end of Books Beyond The Story’s crime month special! Only two books to go! Today’s book is ‘Watch Me’ by Angela Clarke.

The story revolves around a police force; Nasreen and Freddy are on the hunt for a killer that murders teenagers making it look like a suicide. The suicide notes are sent through snapchat (the app with the little ghost on it) and there is only so long to read the message before it disappears… But when the next victim is a little close to home for the team, they are on a race against time to find her and the killer before it’s too late.

This is the second book in Clarke’s ‘social media murders’ series and I have to say, I think I would have enjoyed this book more had I read the first installment first. Some book series I feel you can read in any order providing they can be regarded as a stand-alone book (for example, Kate Rhodes’s ‘Alice Quentin’ series I read completely out of order but found that they worked as stand-alone novels). I would advise you to read the first book ‘Follow Me’ first as to, not only enjoy ‘Watch Me’ better but there are spoilers in the second novel regarding the first that I think would maybe reduce the tension factor!

Because the book related to the first so much I did find it hard to connect with the characters and understand their past together. A bit more background would have been a bonus but again, I suspect this was covered in the first novel (I have started reading ‘Follow Me’ to fill in the gaps!)

The concept of this story is rather intriguing; social media has seemed to blow up over night which can be a way to connect with people- but this story reveals a darker side. Clarke’s research for the plot must’ve been extensive as all the apps involved and information was highly detailed. Even with not having read the first book I was gripped by the novel from page 1.

The novel is fast paced and there isn’t really anytime to lose! With Instagram-famous fitness enthusiast Lottie missing, fears that the hashtag murderer is back… but how? Is there a copycat? Is the murderer continuing playing the game from the inside? It’s up to ‘odd couple’ team Nasreen and Freddy to find her before it’s too late.

This novel raises concerns over the current dangers of social media. What a week as well with Snapchat launching ‘map’ which allows users to see people’s locations… I am not a fan of this ‘no-privacy’ malarkey if I’m honest. This book seems to agree with my views and maybe heeds a warning for readers and users of social media.

All in all, I quite enjoyed this book and I was gripped from the start even though at times the odd pieces of the puzzle weren’t credible and lacked suspense now and again. I did like the fact that this book had one, if not two, strong female leads (which could have perhaps been stronger but- events from the first novel may explain why they are a little reserved).

I personally prefer ‘stand-alone’ books as opposed to reading a series of books (although I am on the a look-out for a series that takes my fancy!) I do read the odd ‘series’ of books and most of them, like this one, I rather enjoyed. It’s just personal preference…

To sum up I would say this novel is ‘a dark and twisted take on the dangers of social media… #YouHaveBeenWarned “ 😉

I would recommend this book to fans of thrillers with a twist! You can’t help but be a little unnerved as you never know who is watching you… I would also recommend this book for people breaking out of the YA genre as the plot relates to a lot of teenagers and with social media on the rise, a book full of suspense might be right up your street!

To get your hands on a copy, go to

https://www.waterstones.com/book/watch-me/angela-clarke/9780008174613

https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/watch-me/9780008174613

and also some supermarkets sell this book too!

Let me know what you think! Happy reading! Lx

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