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Someone is always watching…
Derek Flint is a loner. He lives with his mother and spends his
evenings watching his clients on the CCTV cameras he has installed inside their homes. He likes their companionship – even if it’s through a screen.
When a series of crimes hits Derek’s neighbourhood, DC Beth Mayes begins to suspect he’s involved. How does he know so much about the victims’ lives? Why won’t he let anyone into his office? And what is his mother hiding in that strange, lonely house?
As the crimes become more violent, Beth must race against the clock to find out who is behind the attacks. Will she uncover the truth in time? And is Derek more dangerous than even she has guessed?
A spellbinding crime novel from the worldwide bestseller
Cathy Glass, writing as Lisa Stone.
Stalker is such a gripping book. The ideas that Lisa Stone writes about in her latest novel is really scary to think about. And if you’re thinking about installing a security system in your home, you may have second thoughts after finishing this book.
There is tension in every chapter in this book and there was never a dull moment in the story. We meet Derek Flint who runs his own security firm and his clients are always impressed when they first meet him to discuss their options, but what is Derek hiding? Behind the professional and impressive façade, Derek is keeping a dark secret and the truth is very disturbing. Horrific crimes soon begin to occur in his local neighbourhood and the police soon begin to believe that he may be connected to them.
Derek was a really unnerving character. At the beginning it is unclear what his motives are and Lisa Stone peels away the layers of his personality in a fascinating and chilling way as she gets to the core of the reasons why he behaves like this. We delve right into Derek’s psychology in this book, and I could see that Lisa had spent a great deal of time fleshing out his character. Although there were times when I found him really disturbing I did also feel sorry for him and I think this is down to Lisa’s skill in her writing. She paints different pictures of him throughout the book and this is an aspect I found interesting as I grew to understand him more. Derek is a brilliant example of excellent characterization.
Another character who I thought was written really well was DC Beth Mayes. Beth is investigating the crimes that I mentioned earlier. She does bring a touch of lightness to the dark storyline and I enjoyed the scenes which featured her and her colleagues. I liked the friendship that she has with her colleague DC Matt Davis who also added some humour. They aren’t central characters to the story but I’m really hoping that they will return in a future book.
This was a book that I engaged with right from the first chapter. I really did not want to put this novel down as I was reading it. I would suggest however reading this one in the daytime. Utterly gripping and very, very chilling. This is psychological suspense at its very best. Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon for inviting me to take part in the tour and for sending me a copy of the book to review.
Publication date: 14th June 2018
Print length: 384 pages
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