Follow You (Be My Killer) – Richard Parker #bookreview

“You set the trap. Now you can’t escape.

When an online prank goes viral and triggers a spate of gruesome murders, documentary maker Hazel Salter watches in horror. But then Hazel’s childhood friend, Meredith Hickman, is the next victim and Hazel knows she has to find out what happened to her.

Is it one killer or more? Random acts of violence, or part of a bigger, twisted plan?

The police have no leads, but Hazel has a theory – one she’ll stop at nothing to prove – and she also has a film crew. She’ll make a documentary, catch the killer, and give Meredith justice.

Her stage is the abandoned amusement park where Meredith was found. 

Her cast are the family and friends the killer left behind. 

And her crew? They keep disappearing, one by one…”

When I read the blurb for this book I could not have been more excited.  An abandoned theme park, a serial killer, a hideously unique modus operandi, this book seemed to have it all.  The premise of social media being used as a method of selecting victims was interesting, living in the modern world with ever evolving technology where everything is uploaded online, and the narcissism of the attention seeking ultimately lead them to their death.

A film crew decide to visit “Fun Central” the location of one of the #bemykiller murders, which is not so much an abandoned theme park but more an old, empty amusement arcade.  Think disused Go-Kart track and dusty old ball pits.  This becomes the central location for the story as the film crew begin to shoot a documentary on the murders and the killer who was never caught.  In an attempt to cut costs the crew stay overnight on location, with family members of the victims coming from a nearby hotel to take part in the filming.  One by one, cast and crew start disappearing and meeting their end in the most grisly of way.

There are a lot of characters in this book, so many in fact that I struggled to keep track of them all.  As they all referred to each other by surnames, it did get quite confusing at times, however in order to make the body count as high as it was there had to be enough characters to get rid of.  The chapters are short and punchy which kept up the pace and the suspense.

The big selling point for this book is without doubt the weird and wonderful ways the killer comes up with to murder his victims.  This book is definitely gruesome and not for the faint hearted, however if it were not for the such graphic descriptions of torture I feel this book would be more suited to a YA audience.  I can almost visualise Follow You being made into a box-office smash teen slasher movie.

I had high hopes for this one, especially when so many of my friends in the blogging community seemed to enjoy it so much, but ultimately I was left feeling rather underwhelmed.  That being said, I will have my eye on Richard Parker as although this one didn’t hit the spot for me personally, he is showing great potential and seems able to channel his “Inner Psychopath”.

If you like your thrillers fast and gory with a hint of an episode of Scooby-Doo then Follow You is perfect for you.  Thanks to Richard Parker, Bookouture and NetGalley for the advanced reader copy in return for an honest review.

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