Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
LIKE. SHARE. FOLLOW . . . DIE
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?
ONLINE, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM. . .
We’ve all heard the safety warnings about not giving away personal details online, this book shows exactly what can happen when details are revealed.
Nobody would actively publish their mothers maiden name or address for instance, however with GPS tracking or location services you are practically broadcasting your address to everyone without even knowing it. Also maybe on one social platform you don’t put your address however on Instagram you post that every week you go to the same Starbucks in Bristol, therefore it doesn’t take a genius to work out that you live or work in Bristol. Add that to your facebook profile who says you work for a local newspaper it probably isn’t too difficult to find the address of the newspaper office in Bristol, just like that someone can figure out where you live and work without you even knowing.
That in itself is scary enough, now imagine someone on twitter making cryptic tweets about the next person they are going to murder, they taunt the police who have absolutely no idea how to catch him. All we know is that the next murder will be a guy who trolls people…so practically anyone on the internet. How terrifying is that? And as the followers stack up so do the murders, at the end of the day a murderer taunting the police through cryptic clues is definitely going to become internet famous.
We follow the police through their investigation into catching the #murderer. However you can be whoever you want to be online, how do you catch a ghost?
This book was so creepy! The story picks up early in the book and from then on there is constant tension, it was fun to see the police investigation as well as the tweets side as it was a refreshing change from the mundane crime thrillers that are ridiculously common nowadays.
I also liked the social media aspect of the story, it is rare to see a killer using social media as an outlet to find victims and taunt the police. I really enjoyed this change and it made the story seem so much more lifelike.
I couldn’t guess who the killer was which is what should happen in a good murder mystery, I think if you can guess the killer then the author hasn’t done a good enough job of writing a deceiving story. However without giving away spoilers I do think that the killer was a little random. I understand that the reasoning is explained in the book however for me it just seemed like we didn’t know enough about them to suspect them as a killer.
Overall though I really did enjoy this book, I practically flew through it and couldn’t stop thinking about it during the day when I skimmed through twitter or facebook. It’s definitely one for thriller fans, and will certainly make you rethink how much of your information is online.
Summing up: A chilling social media killer #murderer