“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?”
Follow You by Richard Parker is a book I have been wanting to read since it’s release in May 2017. I had the pleasure of reading Parker’s second Bookouture release, Hide and Seek at the start of September and confessed then exactly how much in love I was with Follow You without even reading a word. To check out that review click HERE. I had based my adoration purely on the reviews, the fact that so many readers pointed out how gory it is and that stunning cover (I’m moth-a-phobic, by the way!).
It had a lot to live up and it and it surpassed my expectations! This is exactly the style of book that I devour. It has the feel of a horror film in the making (not that I actually watch horror films….ever!), it doesn’t hold back on the detail (some gory) and the reader rarely has a moment to draw breath before the next heart-stopping moment. I absolutely loved it.
I tweet. I tweet a lot actually and tend to get into trouble for sharing too many awesome book review posts. But imagine if a killer took to Twitter with the tag @BeMyKiller. Would you be tempted to tweet them, to poke the sleeping tiger with a big sharp pointy stick? No, I wouldn’t either but in Parker’s terrifyingly good story that’s exactly what happens. After all, what’s the worse that can happen? It’s just a wind-up, right? Wrong – wrong with a capital W! Bait the killer and you could be next. One of my favourite things about Follow You is the way in which the killer disposes of their victims. Each method is unique and perfectly in line with the taunting phrase used to provoke the killer to act. It’s wonderful, gory and so compulsive I couldn’t put it down.
Hazel Salter is the owner of a documentary production company which recently won an Emmy but business certainly isn’t booming. When Meredith Hickman is murdered after tweeting @BeMyKiller Hazel comes up with a plan – to take a crew to Broomfield and conduct her own investigation. After all, Hazel has her own theory which the police refuse to consider. Before they start work on the documentary, the crew settle down for the night at Fun Central, the location where Meredith Hickman’s mangled body was discovered. Fuelled by alcohol and a hefty dose of bravado, they take to WhatsApp to bait the killer in private. But the killer is watching…
Chilling, thrilling and completely engrossing. I adored Parker’s plotting, the speed with which the body count increased and the quite astonishing ways the characters were killed off. It was a joy for me to read and I savoured every last moment, even the icky ones! And that staggeringly good ending – WOAH! It was so beautifully choreographed that I did a little happy dance. Those final scenes will stay with me for a long, long time.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, it’s brilliant. If you want to miss out then that’s your choice but you’ll be a fool to pass this one by (although you may need a strong stomach for certain parts so I know it won’t appeal to everyone). I’ll happily say it again, I loved it and wish every book I picked up was like this one. Engrossing, gross and dark – my perfect read.
Five out of five stars
(NB. One day, Richard Parker and Bookouture, ONE DAY I promise – hand on heart – to get the title of this book right; Follow You, NOT Follow Me….I’m easily confused! My apologies to you all for getting it SO wrong, SO many times in the past. Doh!)
Richard Parker was formerly a TV scriptwriter, script editor and producer before turning his hand to penning twisted stand-alone thrillers.
HIDE AND SEEK is his fifth book and is published August 2017.
FOLLOW YOU was his fourth psychological thriller. Reviewers are saying it’s Bookouture’s darkest crime novel to date.
STALK ME was his third and rode high in the UK and US charts.
SCARE ME was his second. Hollywood movie rights have been acquired by major US studio, Relativity Media. Star of PRISON BREAK and screenwriter of dark horror thriller STOKER, Wentworth Miller, has written the big screen adaptation.
STOP ME, Richard’s darkly fiendish debut, was shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award.