Gemma Rogers' Stalker Book Review
|Published:||September 10, 2019, Boldwood Books|
|No. of Pages:||370|
|Cover Price:||$16.99 Paperback, $3.99 Kindle|
Eve Harding is violently beaten and raped while on her way to the tube to meet her best friend one Sunday morning. After reporting it, she is fairly certain that law enforcement won’t be able to find her attacker. Eve does a bit of investigating, and slowly and methodically puts clues together to find out who her attacker is. Wanting to get vengeance and insure that this monster doesn’t do this to anyone else, she works hard to learn his name and then takes steps to meet him and start a relationship so that she can eventually beat him at his own game. Eve turns the tables and begins to stalk this man in Stalker, by Gemma Rogers, and even witnesses an attack on another unsuspecting woman.
Rogers does a good job of developing Eve Harding’s character so that she seems real to her readers. Eve has a platonic male roommate and he is patient with her during her times of trauma caused by the attack, and the interaction between them, as well as her roommate’s girlfriend (definitely a bimbo) is interesting and makes for good characterization. The story may be a little implausible, since Eve is sure her attacker doesn’t recognize her and he is sure Eve doesn’t recognize him, and the fact that she hangs out at the gym and gets in the best shape of her life. But it certainly keeps readers’ interest, especially due to the fact that everyone wants to see rapists punished. Suspense builds throughout, with readers worrying that he will attack Eve again or that Eve will attack him.
There is a fair amount of unnecessary profanity and sexual innuendo, but no graphic violence in this novel. However, there is also a surprise ending, which makes it worth reading.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
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