Synopsis: 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?
Kat's Rating: 3/5
Kat's Review: I had seen a fair bit of promotion for this book and certainly looked forward to reading this book. Sadly for me the first thing that struck me was the characters and my lack of connection with them. It felt like a very 'modern' crime with the synopsis surrounding social media, but the characters just didn't particularly gel with me. I'm not quite sure why but I just felt so impartial to them and didn't feel like I really 'believed' the story because of that.
Freddie (a girl) is an investigative journalist (or rather would like to be one) and when she meets her old friend Nasreen, she is reminded of the 'good old days'. Discovering Nasreen is a copper, and she herself is not much more than a wannabe is not a great start, however as soon as a murder happens somehow Freddie finds herself in the middle of the murder investigation. The fact that the Hashtag Murders are played out on Social Media and clues are left on Twitter was really engaging and clever.
Sadly though, the fact that I couldn't connect with the characters was a major sticking point for me. That aside the writing is good and I had absolutely no clue of the outcome which is always a plus for me. I had such mixed feelings about this and didn't know where to fall in terms of rating it. I stuck with the middle of the road as its certainly a solid book, just a few things missing for me. I think maybe I will re-visit this book again at a later date and maybe I will feel differently.
Sometimes (I think where I read so much) books can blend and you find yourself in a book fug. I think maybe this might have played a part, and as such I think maybe re-visiting it at a later date may bump up the rating? Who knows, but I certainly know I will look out for future books from this author.