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I am delighted to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for Angela Clarke’s “Watch Me” and share my review of this brilliant thriller.  Even more excitingly though, Angela has teamed up with the wonderful Cass Green and Tammy Cohen to offer you the chance to win a copy of The Woman Next Door and a copy of First One Missing as well as her own book – details below!

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Published: 12 January 2017
Reviewed: 3 January 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Copy provided by publisher as part of blog tour

Description:

YOU HAVE SIX SECONDS TO READ THIS MESSAGE…

The body of a 15-year-old is found hours after she sends a desperate message to her friends. It looks like 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.

My Thoughts & Review:

As the second novel in the Social Media Murders Series I was intrigued how this novel would pan out.  Having quickly read “Follow Me” before delving into this book to make sure I had a good grounding in the series and of DS Nasreen Cudmore and journalist Freddie Venton, I can honestly say this is superb “follow” up (see what I did there?!).  I want to stress that “Watch Me” can be read without having read “Follow Me”, there is enough detail for a reader to appreciate the previous case and the relationship between Cudmore and Venton.

The plot is the work of sheer genius, taut and intense, goading the reader to ‘just one more chapter’.  The brilliant use of timings on each chapter, telling the reader how long is left makes the pace almost frantic, and really adds a sinister edge.  I’m not a fan of rehashing the plot and spoiling the book for others but I will say that this twists and turns in ways I would not have expected and it certainly gave me pause for thought with the current trends in Social Media.

It’s fair to say that Angela Clarke has secured her place on my list of favoured authors after this book, the way that she struck a feeling of great unease within me whilst I read this was impressive.  The characters she has created are very well rounded and so well developed – the relationship between Cudmore and Venton is wonderfully written and it is nice for fans of the series to see these characters grow both individually but still retain that connection from the case involving ‘The Hashtag Murderer’.

Overall I would say this is a book that most crime fiction fans would appreciate, it’s edgy, fast paced and utterly brilliant!

You can buy a copy of Watch Me here.


About the Author:

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Angela Clarke is an author, columnist and playwright. Her debut crime novel Follow Me (Avon) is out now. Follow Me is the first in the Social Media Murders Series.

Her memoir Confessions of a Fashionista (Ebury) is an Amazon Fashion Chart bestseller. Her debut play The Legacy received rave reviews after it’s first run at The Hope Theatre in June 2015. Angela’s journalist contributions include: The Guardian, The Independent Magazine, The Daily Mail, and Cosmopolitan. Now magazine described her as a ‘glitzy outsider’. Angela read English and European Literature at Essex University, and Advances in Scriptwriting at RADA. In 2015 Angela was awarded the Young Stationers’ Prize for achievement and promise in writing and publishing.

She is almost always late or lost, or both.

Find out more at: http://angelaclarke.co.uk


Giveaway

As part of her blog tour, Angela has teamed up with numerous authors to offer you lucky readers the chance to win a copy both her book and that of the featured author’s each day of the tour!  Today there are two other author’s books up for grabs  “The Woman Next Door” by Cass Green and “First One Missing” by Tammy Cohen. – can’t say Avon Books don’t know how to spoil their readers!

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A No.1 e-book bestseller, perfect for fans of HER by Harriet Lane and IN A DARK DARK WOOD by Ruth Ware.

Two suburban women. Two dark secrets. The almost perfect murder.

Everybody needs good neighbours…

Melissa and Hester have lived next door to each other for years. When Melissa’s daughter was younger, Hester was almost like a grandmother to her. But recently they haven’t been so close.

Hester has plans to change all that. It’s obvious to her that despite Melissa’s outwardly glamorous and successful life, she needs Hester’s help.

But taking help from Hester might not be such a good idea for a woman with as many secrets as Melissa…

Cass Green is the pseudonym of Caroline Green, an award-winning author of fiction for young people. Her first novel, Dark Ride won the Rona Young Adult Book of the Year and the Waverton Good Read Award. Cracks and Hold Your Breath garnered rave reviews and were shortlisted for eleven awards between them. She is the Writer in Residence at East Barnet School and teaches Writing for Children at City University. Caroline has been a journalist for over twenty years and has written for many broadsheet newspapers and glossy magazines. The Woman Next Door is her first novel for adults.

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A support group for families of victims of the same serial killer, where everyone is grieving and everyone has secrets. Welcome to the club no one wants to join.

Tammy Cohen (who also writes as Tamar Cohen) is a freelance journalist writing for national magazines and newspapers. After a late start, she has now written six novels – The Mistress’s Revenge, The War of the Wives, Someone Else’s Wedding, The Broken and Dying For Christmas and First One Missing – all published by Doubleday/Black Swan. She is a member of the Killer Women crime writing collective and lives in North London with her partner and three (nearly) grown children, plus one very badly behaved dog.

How To Enter

  • Please share the pinned post on Twitter to spread the word about the launch of Watch Me –  you will find it over on @TheQuietKnitter.
  • Giveaway is UK only (sorry!).
  • Closes at Midnight on Monday 23rd January, the winner will be announced on Tuesday 24th January.
  • One winner will be chosen at random (names in a hat & first one drawn wins).
  • The winner’s address will be passed to Avon Books who will arrange for the bookish delights to be sent out.

Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour for giveaways and reviews, and remember to check back to previous days for the posts you might have missed!!

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