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5.0 out of 5 starsGripping, well written and enjoyable.
Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2017
It's great to read a book written by a woman and with interesting female protagonists. The perils of living in the digital world as a woman and dealing with everyday misogyny make these books really relatable. If you're sick of the superman dudefests that so many crime novels tend to be, this is a really refreshing change.
Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2017
Watch Me is the sequel to Follow me and as I hadn't read the first book was this my first introduction to DS Nasreen Cudmore and journalist Freddie Venton. I optioned to listen to the audio version of the book and it was in hindsight perhaps not the best thing, Now both Nasren and Freddie are quite young, in the early twenties, and there is nothing wrong with that, it's just that Imogen Wilde made them sound like they were much younger than that. And, I'm sorry to say I just had some trouble taken them serious as a DS and an (ex)journalist. It's interesting how a narrator can affect the book in that way. I just want to stress that there is nothing wrong with Imogen Wildes voice. I just felt it didn't really suit this book.
As for the story. It was OK. The media angle, hacking, Snapchat, Facebook the constant awareness where you are through updates. That makes you an easy target. And, it's a perfect instrument for a crime plot. Nasreen and Freddie both know the effect of bullying and that makes this case very personal for them. It also gets a lot more personal when a colleague's sisters get kidnapped and they got 24 hours to find her.
I found the last part of the book the best when the pace started to increase when things started to both unravel and be revealed (keeping secrets is never good). As I wrote before I found the narrator not perfect for the characters, however, I did like Nasreen and Freddie and their friendship. It's a perfectly alright book and it's a series I would definitely read more from.
Follow Me was a compelling read which I found fabulously dark and brilliantly disturbing. So earlier this year I was delighted to discover that the second book in the series had been published.
It was so good to be reacquainted with studious detective Nasreen Cudmore and bubbly, in your face Freddie Venton. Although I must say that I found it hard to recognise Freddie at first. I hate spoilers and I don't know whether you've read the first book in the series so I'll be as vague as I can and say that the events at the end of Follow Me changed Freddie and unfortunately not for the better.
In Follow Me I felt Freddie took the limelight, and rightly so. I really like Freddie's character as she's everything I'm not. In Watch Me it was Nasreen's turn to steal the show and she does a brilliant job. This book focuses so much more on the detective's side of the investigation with Freddie making the occasional contribution. This really worked for me as I feel I'm much more 'Nasreen' than I am 'Freddie' (in the same way that I'm much more 'Monica' than I am 'Rachel or Phoebe').
As in the first book the subject matter was current and handled with great care and respect. I felt slightly uncomfortable that the victims of the attacks tended to be teenagers but I get the feeling this is what Clarke wants the reader to feel. I can understand why the author chose to make one of the victims 15 years old as this demonstrates that age is no barrier to this particular crime (in fact, it's probably more likely to happen to younger teenagers wanting to prove they are all 'grown up') but it did make me feel uncomfortable. I applaud the author for having the courage to make her readers squirm. I, for one, can confirm that this is a book I won't forget in a while.
I would definitely recommend that you read Follow Me before making a start on Watch Me. The characters back stories are beautifully laid out in this book and you get to learn everything you need to know about them, apart from what actually happened at the end of the first book. It's alluded to throughout but you will be left wondering about the exact details if you haven't read Follow Me. Plus I will always recommend that you start with the first book in the series and work your way through.
I loved the conclusion. It was such a surprise to me and everything I want in my crime thrillers. Great pacing with a fantastic build up, that feeling that you know exactly what's going on when you haven't a clue. Brilliant.
Would I recommend this book? I would but please make sure you read Follow Me first as otherwise you'll be left wondering exactly what happened at the end of the first book. I hold a great deal of affection for Nasreen and Freddie and I can't wait for more from Angela Clarke. A great series that all crime fans should make a point of reading.
Four and a half out of five stars.
I chose to read and review an eARC of Watch Me. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
This was an interesting concept for a story, focusing on how easily teenagers can be lured into the dark side of social media. The story was clearly a sequel to an earlier novel, which was constantly referred to throughout, which was repetitive and unnecessary.
I struggled to warm to the lead characters, who seemed self-obsessed. Again, there was rather a lot of repetition and I didn't feel their behaviour was always realistic, appropriate or professional.
In the end, both of these factors weakened and undermined the tension of having only 24 hours to save the kidnapped girl.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat follow up to book one in this series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 7, 2018
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the first in the social media series - 'Follow Me', I was looking forward to reading book two, - 'Watch Me'. It was great to be back in the company of DS Nasreen Cudmore and journalist Freddie Venton. The characterisation is great, I can just visualise them perfectly in my head. Every bit as good, if not better than book one in the series, the story kept me on the edge of my seat. I will be reading book three, and indeed anything else Angela Clarke writes.
Title: Watch Me Author: Angela Clarke First Published in the UK: 2017 Publisher: Harper Collins (Avon) Pages: 368 Price on Amazon: Paperback £3.85 Kindle: £2.99 ISBN: 9780008174613
Six seconds to read this message and Twenty-Four hours to save the girl.
Watch me is the second novel in Angela Clarke's Social Media Murders series. Nasreen and Freddy are back and this time they are on the search for a killer who is making it look like young girls are committing suicide. This killer is going by the name Apollyons revenge linking back to the previous case Nasreen and Freddie worked together. The killer also goes by the name Alex Black, Having already killed one girl, the sister of a girl Nasreen and Freddie knew when they were kids, the same girl there big secret involves. Black has now managed to get hold of the numbers of everyone on Nasreen's team and also Freddie's. When Black takes a second girl hostage and uses Snap Chat to message Freddie, Nasreen and all her team to tell them they have six seconds to read the message and only twenty-four hours to save the girl. The girl turns out to be Nasreen's Dci's sister. With Nasreen having slept with the Dci the night before how long can she keep it a secret that shes the link between the two victims.
Will Freddie an Nasreen's secret come out for everyone to know? Does the original Apollyon have anything to do with this case? Is twenty-four hours enough to save a girls life.
Well what can i say, i was so excited to read this book after i read the first one as i enjoyed it so much and i couldn't wait to get started on this one i brought it straight away. Well i was not let down. This book is just as good if not better than the first one. I am loving this series and Oh my goshie i cannot wait for the third one to come out in June.
In this book i felt you got to know Nasreen more as a character, i felt it was like she came out of her shell a lot more and i really loved seeing the more rebellious side of her.
Freddie i just love her she is my favourite character i love her one liners and quirky come backs and sarcastic comments. She reminds me a little of myself actually as i too am a little too sarcastic and i tend to engage mouth before brain so i love having a character i can relate to.
I literally spent all of last night reading until i couldn't keep my eyes open any longer and then today i have spent the day snuggled in my reading snug reading all day. What a way to spend the day especially on a lovely summers day like today, doors open, sun shining, cold drink and an amazing book.
Serious praise to Angela Clarke. You have made your way onto my list of favourite authors and your books are ones i shall be rereading over and over again i can be certain of that.
5* for this book cause it deserves nothing less. Roll on June 15th when book 3 is released.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 30, 2019
I chose a 2* rating as I found the Nas character annoying and quite brainless. Any police force would need to seriously have to look at its vetting procedure before employing this recruit. With regard to the climax of the book...could I suggest helicopter and google earth would have solved the time delay.As this book relied so much on tec in the telling, I would have thought this was obvious.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 19, 2017
I started reading this book without remembering I had read the one before some time ago. It was such a good read that I became so engrossed into the story that it all came flooding back about Appollyon. Great plot. Kept me guessing until the end. What a twist. Great. Highly recommended. Could be a standalone story at it does inform the reader of the previous case but great as a sequel.