Saturday 9 September 2017

Trust Me by Angela Clarke @TheAngelaClarke @AvonBooksUK #SocialMediaMurders #TrustMe

What do you do if you witness a crime…but no-one believes you?
When Kate sees a horrific attack 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 attacked her.
Freddie and Nas are working on a missing persons case, but the trail has gone cold. 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.

Trust Me by Angela Clarke was published in paperback by Avon Books on 15 June 2017 and is the third in the Social Media Murder series.  I read and reviewed the first two of the series here on Random Things: Follow Me (December 2015) and Watch Me (January 2017)

My thanks to the publisher; Avon Books who sent my copy for review.

Trust Me thrusts the reader back into the lives of Detective Nas Cudmore and her childhood friend, and now colleague Freddie Venton. Two people. who are so very closely linked, by their work and through their shared history, yet are so very different in character.

Whilst this book is the third in the Social Media Murders series, it does work very well as a standalone novel, although I'd urge readers to go back and read the first two in series to gain more insight into the past history that has shaped this partnership.

Kate is the head teacher of a school in one of the toughest parts of London. Aged fifty-five, she's turned the school around. She's respected, but she has her own demons. When Kate stumbles upon a live-streamed video on the internet she can hardly believe that it is real. It is real, very real. Kate has witnessed the rape and murder of a young girl, live online and seemingly filmed by a very young man.

The local police don't believe her. The video has been deleted, the young PC notices the empty glass and questions Kate about her drinking. It's clear that she's not going to be taken seriously. She remembers seeing Nas and Freddie on the TV news, after they'd worked together on an infamous case. She contacts them.

Nas and Freddie are working on the 'Spice Road'; a place in the darkest bowels of the internet, a place where drugs are dealt and huge sums of money change hand. A place for criminals and violence and death.

Trust Me follows Nas and Freddie as they become more and more determined to find out just what Kate saw online. Angela Clarke has once again produced a finely tuned, fast paced and totally up-to-date crime thriller. She hooks the reader in and doesn't let go, twisting and turning on a breathless journey that explores the darkest depths of humanity whilst building her characters with ease and flair.

This is not just a crime story, it's also a clever look at the intense relationships built up within the police force and how these can affect judgement and trust. Nas and Freddie and their complicated relationship adds great depth to this series.

Trust Me is chilling, atmospheric and gripping. The Social Media Murder series is one of my favourites, and Angela Clarke continues to prove that she's a writer to watch.

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. 

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