Book Review: Stalker

I realised a while ago that for some reason most of the books I read have a female lead. Perhaps it’s because I can naturally relate to them more? Who knows. When I picked up Stalker though I was well and truly mixing things up with one hell of a male protagonist. And I can report back that this ended up being potentially my favourite book that I’ve read so far in 2018. Perhaps a male lead is the way forward…

Stalker Book Review

The Plot…

Stalker follows security system installer Derek who on the surface seems like a pretty ordinary guy. He lives at home with his Mum and spends his days installing security cameras for people who want to feel safer in their own homes. Sounds like a decent guy right? The only thing is Derek spends his evenings watching his clients on the monitors in his bedroom, he feels like he knows them, like they’re his family. Yet they have no idea that their every move is being watched by the very guy they hired to protect them.

When various crimes start hitting Derek’s clients the police think it’s more than a coincidence that all of the victims have had security cameras fitted by Derek. Just how does he know so much about them? Is he as innocent as he makes out? And if so, who is it that’s targeting innocent families?

The Good…

To be honest I’m not sure what it was about this book that I loved so much. I really enjoyed how there were so many different characters and sub-plots and yet it never once got confusing.

Although Derek had some questionable hobbies I actually really liked him and felt quite sorry for him, nobody wants to end up feeling lonely and ya gal is a sucker for a sob story. I enjoyed the development of his character as he got more and more desperate and despite knowing what he was doing was wrong I was still rooting for him, which is testament to how well he was written.

As a self-confessed nosey parker I really enjoyed the concept of this book, let’s be honest we all wouldn’t mind being a fly on the wall in other people’s lives (please note I’m not suggesting you set up cameras and secretly spy on people) and I feel like this satisfied the inner spy within me.

In a world where we all spend so much time online and put so much information about ourselves on the world wide web it was interesting, and slightly scary, to think that there might be people out there hacking our systems and following our every move. I mean don’t get me wrong it isn’t going to stop me documenting my days on my insta stories any time soon but it’s most definitely some food for thought.

The Bad…

The only thing about this book that I wasn’t as overly keen on was the ending. When you find out what’s actually going on I couldn’t help feeling a little underwhelmed and although I thought it was a clever plot twist (I won’t spoil it for you by telling you exactly what happens) I was a bit disappointed after investing so heavily in the storyline.

Another thing about this book which could have potentially be improved was the explanations regarding all the technology and the 'dark web'. I like to think I'm pretty tech-savvy but some of it when straight over my head which meant I wasn't able to fully follow the story the whole time.


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