I’m absolutely thrilled to be on the Watch Me blog tour today…and what a blog tour it is!!! I have for you not only my review of Angela Clarke’s brilliant new book but also a video post by the lady herself AND an amazing giveaway with not one but TWO books!!! So I will kick off with the blurb and my review, hand over to Angela and make sure to keep reading to find out details of the giveaway…
YOU HAVE SIX SECONDS TO READ THIS MESSAGE…
The body of a 15-year old girl is found hours after she sends a desperate message to her friends. It looks like a suicide, until a second girl disappears.
This time the message is sent directly to the Metropolitan Police – and an officer’s younger sister is missing.
DS Nasreen Cudmore and journalist Freddie Venton will stop at nothing to find her. But whoever’s behind the notes is playing a deadly game of hide and seek – and the clock is ticking…
YOU HAVE 24 HOURS TO SAVE THE GIRL’S LIFE. MAKE THEM COUNT…
Watch Me is the thrilling second instalment of The Social Media Murders, if you haven’t read the first, Follow Me, don’t worry as this works well as a standalone novel.
Following the death of a fifteen-year old girl whose suicide note is sent via social media, a chilling snapchat message is sent to the officers in the Met’s Gremlin taskforce. An officer’s younger sister is missing and it looks as though the previous death was not a suicide at all. With only twenty-four hours to find and save the girl’s life, DS Nasreen Cudmore and journalist Freddie Venton find themselves in a game of cat and mouse in which time is of the essence.
Throughout Watch Me the reader is aware of the ever-present ticking of the clock, making this a fast-paced crime thriller that has you holding your breath and unable to put the book down.
Clarke has created a great range of characters. Nasreen is the hard-working, ‘follow the rules’ DS who has progressed rapidly in her career, however she also has her flaws making her well-rounded and likeable. The mix of characters within the Gremlin Taskforce complement each other and are realistic in that they do not all get on, as happens in workplaces. Freddie is the antidote to Nasreen’s ‘follow procedure’ approach to the law, highlighting the grey areas rather than seeing things in black and white.
I really liked the messages that come across throughout Watch Me which are incredibly current. Society tends to live their lives out on social media and this can make us incredibly vulnerable. With our whole lives displayed for the whole world to see our privacy has diminished. Personally, I tend to have a bit of a love/hate relationship with social media recognising that while it is a great asset in many respects, it can also cause problems for people. Revenge porn and attitudes towards it are explored in Watch Me, making it a compelling and frightening read and this book has certainly added to my concerns about social media! I love a crime thriller that has an added layer to it and Watch Me certainly delivered on this front.
A fast-paced, very current read, Watch Me causes late nights as you are compelled to keep reading to find out what will happen until you reach the ending that…well, you won’t be disappointed! All in all a great crime thriller!
A huge thank you to Angela Clarke and Helena at Avon Books for the advance copy in exchange for my review and for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.
Published on 12 January 2017 by Avon Books.
I will now hand you over to Angela for her to tell you about ‘How To Get Published: What Agents And Editors Look For’
Angela and the fab team at Avon Books are giving away not only a copy of Watch Me but also a copy of Don’t Look Behind You by the brilliant Mel Sherrat. Here is more about the book…
‘The small city of Stockleigh is in shock as three women are brutally attacked within days of each other. Are they random acts of violence or is there a link between the victims? For Detective Eden Berrisford, it’s her most chilling case yet. The investigation leads Eden to cross paths with Carla, a woman trying to rebuild her life after her marriage to a cruel and abusive man ended in unimaginable tragedy. her husband Ryan was imprisoned for his crimes, but now he’s out and coming for her.’
So, how do you enter? It’s simple! Head over to my Twitter page HERE and simply retweet the pinned tweet! Giveaway is open until midnight tonight! The winner will be picked randomly and announced on 26th January and the books will be sent directly from Avon Books.
Due to postage costs the giveaway is open to UK residents only.
Be sure to catch the rest of the blog tour for more videos from Angela and more great giveaways!