Scare Me by Richard Parker

Tuesday, May 7th 2013

Published by Exhibit A

Unknown“When did you last google yourself?”

Wealthy businessman, Will Frost, gets woken in the middle of the night by an anonymous caller, asking him exactly this.

When Will goes online, he finds a website has been set up in his name, showing photographs of the inside of his home, along with photographs of six houses he’s never seen before.

In the first of these strange houses, a gruesome murder has already taken place.

Will is then told that his own family is in mortal danger.

The only way he can keep them safe is to visit each of the houses on the website in person – before the police discover what has happened there.

Seven houses.

Seven gruesome homicides.

Seven chances to save his daughter’s life…

Scare Me is a tale of modern urban terror, for anyone who’s ever worried that someone might one day use the internet to track them down and cause them and their family harm…

If SCARE ME is anything to go by, then this first release from Angry Robot’s new crime imprint ‘Exhibit A’ will be the first in a long line of fresh and exciting crime thrillers.

From the opening it’s a plot that will have its readers gripped and pulled headfirst into its globe-trotting internet-controlled macabre treasure hunt as Will Frost rushes from one crime scene to the next, his sole desire to rescue two people who he holds dear to his heart, whilst his life around him begins to shred and tatter.  With the same style of an everyman thrown into a desperate situation that makes other crime authors like Harlan Coben so successful and readable, Parker has cleverly paced Scare Me to have sufficient thrills and do or die moments, whilst maintaining the other factor that makes for great crime fiction – a compassion for its victims and, above all, heart in its centre.

The constant use of GPS and ipads to keep in touch and to try to stay ahead of the game could have resulted in this becoming almost a spy-like mess of a novel, but its handled very well and never allows the tech when it appears to get in the way of the fast moving narrative. It’s of little surprise that the book has gained praise from king of the high octane high stakes thriller Simon Kernick.

With a sadistic and creative killer in its midst and the nagging fear throughout as to what in the Frost’s family’s world could have brought the events upon them, Scare Me is a thrilling ride.

If I dare quote Lady Penelope here: ‘Parker…Well done!’

And Scare Me is available now HERE.



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