Author : Richard Parker
Pages : 379
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : May 26, 2017
You set the trap. Now you can’t escape.
When an online prank goes viral and triggers a spate of gruesome murders, documentary maker Hazel Salter watches in horror. But then Hazel’s childhood friend, Meredith Hickman, is the next victim and Hazel knows she has to find out what happened to her. Is it one killer or more? Random acts of violence, or part of a bigger, twisted plan?
The police have no leads, but Hazel has a theory – one she’ll stop at nothing to prove – and she also has a film crew. She’ll make a documentary, catch the killer, and give Meredith justice. Her stage is the abandoned amusement park where Meredith was found. Her cast are the family and friends the killer left behind. And her crew? They keep disappearing one by one.
This is one of those books I find hard to review out of fear I’ll give anything away.
We’ve all heard stories about online pranks on twitter in the news. Sadly with some, there are fatalities. And that’s exactly what this book touches upon, albeit even more disturbing, as this particular online prank triggers a spate of murders. One of the victims is Meredith, a childhood friend of Hazel’s. Hazel is a documentary maker and decides to take her crew to the amusement park where Meredith died, to shoot a film and interview friends and family. She hopes to find out the truth. But then her crew members start disappearing.
This is very remniscent of the old slasher movies so if that’s your thing, you’re bound to enjoy this book. While those movies were not for me because the stupid got on my nerves, I did actually enjoy this book but I think that may have had more to do with the ingenuity in the murders. This author has one sick brain!
There are no likeable characters. Not one! What we do have is a host of brilliant, genius and absolutely gruesome murders. Some scenes I had to read twice, to wrap my head around them and then I cursed my vivid imagination as my stomach churned. And you know what? I totally loved it!
True to form for this genre, I couldn’t figure out who the killer was but ended up suspecting everyone. Well, until I had to check them off my list because they started dropping like flies! I just felt a little disappointed with the conclusion. I can’t quite put my finger on it but I was expecting something different.
However, I really enjoyed this one. All in all, it’s a truly engrossing read with icky gore, that had me on the edge of my seat.
Beware of social media. Think before you type. You never know who’s reading.
Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my advanced copy, which I chose to review.
Follow You was initially published as Be My Killer on May 26th.