Today I’m handing over to Mandie who is set to share her thoughts on the fabulous Follow You by Richard Parker (previously released as Be My Killer). In case you missed my review, here is what this book is all about.
The Official Book Blurb
Her eyelids were the only parts of her body she could move. The figure spoke, then retreated into the gloom. She couldn’t accept what they’d said. How could she have brought this on herself?
When an online prank goes viral and triggers a spate of gruesome murders, documentary maker Hazel Salter watches in horror. But then a new victim is found, her body bound to a pillar, and its Hazel’s childhood friend, Meredith Hickman. Hazel must find out what happened to her.
Is it one killer or more? Random, or part of a bigger plan?
The police have no leads, but Hazel has a theory – one she’ll stop at nothing to prove. With her film crew in tow, Hazel sets off for the abandoned amusement park where Meredith was found, to solve the crime, bring Meredith justice, and make the documentary of her lifetime. But as Hazel interviews the victims’ families and friends, people start disappearing.
As the death toll rises, Hazel realises someone close-by is targeting her team methodically. Can she uncover the truth before another life is lost, or will the killer get to Hazel first?
I will admit that I was persuaded by my sister to read Follow You …when I say persuaded I mean nagged. Well maybe nagged is a bit strong… but she did recommend I read it… often. Don’t get me wrong the majority of the books I read are down to her recommendations as she knows what I like. And with this one she was right on the money.
This book is not for the fainthearted as at times it is plain gory. From the first chapter you can see how it is going to go and despite not really being a fan of outright gore I couldn’t put it down. I have never really understood the need to hashtag everything and then watch as everyone follows it, and after reading this book I am not sure I would want to follow the crowd anyway. The characters in this book did just that and it did not end well for most of them.
The book follows Hazel a documentary maker returning to her home town to try to discover who is really behind a particularly gruesome murder. She has two motivations for this… the first being that she needs to produce something successful in order to stay in business… the second being that she used to be friends with the victim and feels that she needs to do this to bring her some justice. As only she knows this information her crew at times wonder why she is determined to continue as one by one they leave….or do they????
As each of the characters goes off on their own I found myself mentally shouting in my head “don’t do it” as you just know they would not be seen alive again. And this is where I started to wonder just how the author came up with the inventive ways to kill them off as some of them were just way out there. I also had to question my own sanity as on one occasion I actually found myself smiling at the method used as it was not what I was expecting. In fact after describing it to a friend they started to worry that they should possibly not get on my bad side…ever……
As with most books not all the characters were likeable and some I just plain hated, but even then I am not sure I would want them to meet the end that they did. Now I can’t really say much more about the book without giving away what happens but for me this is one of the best books I have read so far this year; perhaps the best book ever. I am now looking forward to seeing what Richard Parker has in store for his readers next.
I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for the advance copy of this book. It is available to purchase from the following links.
Thanks Mandie. I strenuously deny having nagged you to read this book. I may have mentioned it while on a walk around our local Deer Park and I may have said, ‘read it, read it, read it, go on… You know you want to’ once or twice while on the train to London, but that hardly constitutes nagging ;D
So folks. What are you waiting for? Go on… read it. You know you want to. ;p. And when you’ve read and loved this book, the even better news is that Richard’s new book, Hide and Seek is being released in just a couple of weeks time on 31st August, and you can get yourself a copy by pre-ordering from the following links. I have read it and can confirm its fabulousness.
About the Book
The sun is out. Your little boy is smiling. The next time you look… he’s gone.
When Lana and Todd win a trip to Blue Crest Adventure Park, their four-year-old Cooper is ecstatic, but when Lana goes to meet them, Todd is out cold, and Cooper is missing.
No one stopped the man carrying the sleeping boy. The cameras don’t show where he went. Then Lana receives an anonymous message, telling her to visit a local school with a horrifying history…
This is no random attack. Whoever took Cooper is playing a twisted game, and if Lana wants to find him, she must participate.
What is the link between the school and her missing son? Can Lana uncover the kidnapper’s identity and save Cooper before it’s too late?