Review time! And ita brand new series.
“The Hashtag Killer“, written by A.S. French, is a Crime novel, the first book in Detective Jen Flowers Series, published on 25th March 2021.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and A.S. French for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Catch a killer or save a child. What would you do?
DI Jen Flowers thought she’d seen it all after fifteen years on the force, but when a vigilante serial killer hits the city and uses social media to gather supporters, she must fight the public and her doubts to catch a murderer and save her daughter.
Suffering from blackouts and abandoned as a child by her father, Ruby Vasquez has been chasing that one scoop to make her an internet star. Living with an alcoholic mother who hates her, Ruby discovers a secret about the vigilante’s first victim, which puts her in the killer and DI Flowers’ sights.
Jen and Ruby have to overcome the secrets in their past while battling each other to discover the Hashtag Killer’s identity. Jen will have to choose between keeping her daughter safe or finding a killer, while Ruby will need to decide if becoming famous is more important than doing the right thing.
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About the Author
Andrew French is a man of no wealth and little taste. He lives amongst faded seaside glamour on the North East coast of England. He likes gin and cats but not together, new music and old movies, curry and ice cream. Slow bike rides and long walks to the pub are his usual exercise, as well as flicking through the pages of good books and the memoirs of bad people.
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The first thing that caught my attention was the title. The cover had the mystery feeling, but the title totally won it. Being the first novel in a series, of course I was also curious for the introduction to the main character and the world in the series.
We have all read and watch stories about vigilantes. Some show them as good guys, some as bad guys. In this case it’s clear that it’s a bad guy, a serial killer. Connecting it to the internet was something that we could understand.
Following multiple characters in a fast paced and exciting crime novel, we go on a journey to uncover not only the truth about who the killer is, but also that is the background of the characters and how everything makes sense.
I love that the story had me intrigued page after page for various reasons. I love that it got me thinking about social media, fame, right vs wrong, vigilantism, and so many other elements. And I couldn’t put the book down. I wanted to know what would happen to Jen and Ruby, and I wanted to know more about the Killer and motivations behind each action.
Overall, it was the kind of book that is enjoyable because catches our attention. From the details, the pace, the interesting and dynamic characters, the plot and the connections with the society and the contemporary world and reality we know. It all made me curious and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
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