Trust Me (Social Media Murders #3)

Trust Me (Social Media Murders, #3)

How did I get it?:
I received it from the publisher, Avon. Many thanks to them!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Follow Me
Watch Me

Synopsis:

What do you do if you witness a murder…but no-one believes you?

When Kate sees a horrific murder streamed live on her laptop, she calls the police in a state of shock. But when they arrive, the video has disappeared – and she can’t prove anything. Desperate to be believed, Kate tries to find out who the girl in the video could be – and who her killer is.

Freddie and Nas are working on a missing persons case, but tensions in the police force are running high and time is ticking. When Kate contacts them, they are the only ones to listen and they start to wonder – are the two cases connected?

Dark, gripping, and flawlessly paced, Trust Me is the brilliant third novel in the hugely popular social media murderer series.

Thoughts:

This is the third book in the Social Media Murders series, and I swear the books are getting better and better. Whilst I enjoyed Follow Me, I thought Watch Me was even better and Trust Me certainly lived up to my expectations.

It centres around Kate, Nasreen and Freddie. Kate was watching live videos on the internet and saw someone being sexually assaulted and then stabbed. Pretty gruesome, right? Kate immediately phones the police and they’re not sure she’s telling the truth. There were no reports from anyone else and the account seems to have disappeared after the assault. Nasreen and Freddie feel like they have enough to go on to investigate Kate’s claims. Freddie believes Kate from the start and after a while Nasreen comes around. They’re determined to find out what has happened to the girl and see if there’s a link with another girl that’s gone missing.

I thought this book was really gripping. I wasn’t sure where it was going to go, but I was eagerly turning the pages. I thought it was incredibly well paced. I have really enjoyed getting to know Nasreen and Freddie better throughout the series. I definitely think both characters have got more likeable over time.

I’m glad to say that I didn’t predict what was going to happen. I love that in books! I like to be kept guessing and for me Trust Me did exactly that.

I don’t know if it was the author’s intention to make readers more wary of social media, but I really am more wary after reading this series. I always teach the children in my class (primary school) about internet safety, but I’d never thought about how dangerous it is for adults out there too.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A creepy crime read which can be enjoyed as a standalone!

Watch Me (Social Media Murders #2)

Watch Me (Social Media Murders, #2)

How did I get it?:
Received from the publisher, Avon- Many thanks to them!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Follow Me

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

As you would’ve seen on Monday, I found the first book in the series to be a slow starter. This one is completely different. I was immediately gripped by the story. It’s not often that I find a second book in the series to be stronger than its predecessor, but I totally felt like this was the case with Watch Me. 

Watch Me centres around Nasreen and Freddie once more. Yet again, it highlights the dangers of the internet and how you never really know who is behind the messages. This book uses Snapchat as the media behind the crime. Chloe is dead and has sent a suicide note via the app. Another girl has been abducted and several people (including the police) have been sent a Snap to tell them they have 24 hours to save the girl’s life. The girl in question is the sister of DCI Burgone. Here starts a very intriguing read as the book spans the 24 hour period and the chase to save the girl’s life. Nasreen and Freddie put away the Hashtag Murderer (see previous book) and they’re surprised to see that there’s a link between that case and the current case. They can’t see how there can be a link between them, as he’s in prison with no internet…but if it isn’t him, then who is it?

I loved that this book included Snapchat and Instagram. Like I said in my review of the first book in this series, it makes these crime books utterly modern.Watch Me doesn’t cover light subjects. There’s revenge porn and exploitation of young teens. However, its subject matter makes it an incredibly intriguing, intense page-turner.  I found it incredibly hard to put down!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Look out for the third book in this series, Trust Me, coming tomorrow!

A fabulous follow up to Follow Me, this book can be enjoyed as a standalone, but makes much more sense if you read its predecessor!

Ten Memorable Dads In Literature

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Father’s Day freebie. I decided to go with some of the most memorable father’s in literature…so here goes!

  • Mr WormwoodMatilda– Roald Dahl- He’s an awful father. He doesn’t care about his wonderfully intelligent daughter!
  • Lucius MalfoyHarry Potter– J.K. Rowling- He encourages Draco to be unkind to others. He makes Draco think he’s far superior. I don’t like that!
  • George Mole- Adrian Mole– Sue Townsend- George is hardly a role model to Adrian!
  • Old Nick- Room– Emma Donoghue- Thinking of the character just makes my blood boil.

Now some memorable in a good way fathers! 

  • Otto Frank- The Diary of Anne Frank– Anne Frank- Without Otto, we wouldn’t have Anne’s diary.
  • Hans HubermannThe Book Thief– Markus Zusak- I featured Rosa in my mother list, so I couldn’t help but mention Hans too. He’s a super sweet father.
  • Atticus FinchTo Kill A Mockingbird– Harper Lee- I couldn’t put together a list about fathers and not include Atticus. He’s super special. Kind, caring, respectful and he truly loves his children.
  • Bob CratchitA Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens- He just wanted to do well by his family!
  • Arthur WeasleyHarry Potter- J.K. Rowling- Loved his wife, mentioned his wife in my mothers list, so of course had to include him. A set of wonderful (present) parents!
  • Carson DrewNancy Drew- Carolyn Keene- I loved reading about Nancy’s father when I was younger. I remember always thinking he sounded amazing!

What did you do for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Follow Me (Social Media Murders #1)

Follow Me (Social Media Murders, #1)

How did I get it?:
I received it from the publishers, Avon. Many thanks to them!

Synopsis:

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. . .

Thoughts:

I was approached to read this book by the publisher, Avon. They kindly sent me the whole series, in time for the third book coming out. I binge read this series within a week. At first, I wasn’t sure that I was going to enjoy it, but after a slow start to Follow Me, I was soon gripped and desperate to know what happened next.

Follow Me centres around Nasreen and Freddie, two childhood friends. Freddie is a struggling journalist and Nasreen works with the police. Freddie is super internet savvy and finds herself employed by the police as a social media consultant. They have a tough job to try and track down a murderer who is dropping clues on Twitter.

You have to suspend your disbelief at the story line, as I don’t think it’s very likely that the police would employ a civilian or not have someone that wasn’t particularly internet savvy on their team. If you can suspend your disbelief the story really is intriguing. It’s so much fun to read, but creepy at the same time. This book is a really modern crime read. I found the use of social media particularly cleverly done. I loved the use of social media which is so prevalent today. I loved the characters in this book so I was happy to read that they featured in the series.

I don’t think all of the characters are likeable, but that’s what makes a story interesting for me. I don’t always love all of the characters and I think that’s true to life. You certainly don’t like everyone you come across. I’m glad I had the next book ready to read as I was eager to find out what Freddie and Nasreen would do next.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Watch out for the next book in the series Watch Me, coming up on my blog on Wednesday!

A very modern crime read. Slow to start, but worth it!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- I’m on the move again!

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my life as a primary school teacher. I currently work at a primary school teaching Lower Key Stage 2. My training posts on this subject were really successful and so therapeutic for me, therefore I’ve decided to continue posting on the topic. I will not be naming any children, or the school where I work. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind! Bookish goodness returns as normal Monday-Saturday!

I returned to school this week after a week long break. It’s coming up to that time of year, that most people think teachers will enjoy. However, a lot of teachers don’t! For me, it’s full of packing in parts of the curriculum that you haven’t covered yet, it’s full of assessment, the children are getting rattier with each other having spent nearly a year together. They’re ready to go up a year and think they’ve outgrown their class! Ha. That said, the children have been delightful this week. They’ve worked exceptionally hard and I’m pleased with them. I wonder if they can keep it up?

It feels like I’ve been back for ages as I’ve had so much going on this week. I’ve been formally observed (every teacher is twice a year) and I’ve went to another school for writing moderation. My lesson observation went really well which I wasn’t expecting at all. It’s given me a confidence boost.

I have been told that I will be moving down a year group next year. Back to Year 2. At first, I had my reservations. I really enjoy junior teaching. I’m trying to see the positives though. I’ll be returning to my first ever classroom with what looks like a great bunch of children. Having completed a year in Year 2 before, I know exactly what the expectations are. I feel like I can hit the ground running! I’ve also been told that it’s not forever and I could return to juniors at some point. I guess I’m in the unique position of being able to teach Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and enjoy both of the age groups. I should be happy with that! So many people have a preferred age range, but mine is Year 2-3 so it does cross the Key Stage boundaries. We’ll see how it goes. I’ll be meeting my next class (my third class!) in 4 weeks!

Stacking The Shelves #166

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Received from publishers

Truth Or DareNon Pratt– I’ve enjoyed all of Non’s books so far. I’m looking forward to reading this.

Love & GelatoJenna Evans Welch – I’ve heard really good things about this book!

PiglettesClementine Beauvais– It sounded cute!

Follow Me, Watch Me, Trust MeAngela Clarke– I’m almost halfway through the second book in this series. It’s dark and intriguing to read.

Bought:

The Names They Gave UsEmery Lord– She’s an auto-buy author for me. I don’t even know what this book is about!

Gift:

SpontaneousAaron Starmer– I recieved this book as part of my Mr B’s Reading Year gift from my mum and sister!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your hauls and I’ll stop by!

Fairy Tale Friday- Children’s Prattle

This week’s fairy tale is something I’m very familiar with as I’m a teacher. Children’s prattle! Oh, how familiar I am with that. We all know that children can talk for so long about things that are not really important…The story centres around some children at a party, who are bragging about their fathers. Their fathers are all so wonderfully rich and have good jobs. A poor boy who is helping in the kitchen, really wishes he was like the other kids.

However, all’s well that ends well, because as the boy grows up he becomes a fantastic well-known artist. The other kids grow up to be decent human beings. All of the bragging at the party was really only ‘children’s prattle.’

Next Fairy Tale-The Old House