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 the first book by Lisa Stone (or Cathy Glass) that I’ve read. It’s a quick easy read, with a straight forward third person narrative, but its simple plot (great if you’re wanting a comfort read) is rather predictable and unconvincing in parts.
I liked Lisa Stone’s portrayal of Derek Flint, a loner, computer savvy, but very naive, who still lives with his mother. Having set up CCTV cameras in his clients’ homes and businesses, he believes he is helping them as he watches what they are doing from the comfort of his bedroom, even going as far as intervening if he doesn’t like what he sees. He’s creepy but not scary. It’s the result of his good intentions that ends in violence and that is truly scary. When some of his clients become victims of crime, the police, DC Beth Mayes and her colleague DC Matt Davies, begin to suspect that Derek is involved.
The subject matter – cyber stalking – is unsettling. It’s a book of two parts, with the second part involving violent and gruesome scenes with some very nasty characters. I had to read on to find out how it ended, but I didn’t enjoy the experience. It’s definitely not comfort reading.
It’s a timely book as security issues on line have recently been highlighted in the media with emphasis on checking your own systems and the need to change your passwords regularly.
Many thanks to Avon Books UK for a review copy via NetGalley.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 876 KB
- Print Length: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon (14 Jun. 2018)
- My Rating: 3*
4 thoughts on “Stalker by Lisa Stone”
Not sure that I’m reading for this one yet, Margaret! My foray into crime genres is still at the gentle stages!
It does sound very timely indeed, Margaret. And I can well imagine how unsettling the book must be to read, just on that score. I think I’d be hesitant to read this one, just because of the gruesome violence. I really don’t go for that. But the premise and topic really do sound interesting. Hmmm…..
This story does indeed sound timely. It’s creepy that think that someone could be watching you – through a system that you’ve installed. I get freaked thinking about people watching through cameras on the computer. It’s not a thing we thought about 25 years ago, right?
Hmm… sounds intriguing but I find myself less and less willing to take on books with too much violence and gruesomeness. Must be my age!
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