Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m going to be posting the newest addition to my “an introduction to” series. In this series, I’ll be focusing on a specific genre (or sub-genre) and giving you a few recommendations of books to read in that genre – whether you’re completely new to the genre or wish to expand your horizons, hopefully these posts will be helpful in some way! If you wish to view my other posts in the series, click the “book series” button at the top of my site, and they are situated under the “An introduction to…” heading. In this post I’ll be focusing on Stalker Fiction (books containing stalkers), which is actually the research topic for my Creative Writing Project (dissertation) at university this year! So, here goes…
The Book Of You by Claire Kendal.
Clarissa is becoming more and more frightened of her colleague, Rafe. He won’t leave her alone, and he refuses to take no for an answer. He is always there.
Being selected for jury service is a relief. The courtroom is a safe haven, a place where Rafe can’t be. But as a violent tale of kidnap and abuse unfolds, Clarissa begins to see parallels between her own situation and that of the young woman on the witness stand.
Realizing that she bears the burden of proof, Clarissa unravels the twisted, macabre fairytale that Rafe has spun around them – and discovers that the ending he envisions is more terrifying than she could have imagined.
This book was the first book about stalkers I ever read and it really creeped me out! It’s so dark and chilling, and pretty graphic too. This book definitely isn’t for the faint-hearted…
Release Date: January 2015
Average Goodreads rating: 3.6
My rating: .5
Critical quotes: “Clever, claustrophobic and chillingly good” (Good Housekeeping), “Gripping with some very smart twists” (Woman Magazine).
My verdict: A must-read for those of you who are interested in Stalker Fiction!
Author’s other works: ‘The Second Sister’ (2017).
XO by Jeffery Deaver (Kathryn Dance #3).
Kayleigh Towne is a beautiful and successful singer-songwriter, and Edwin Sharp is her biggest fan. When she replies to one of his fan letters with ‘XO’, Edwin is convinced she loves him, and that her latest hit song ‘Your Shadow’ was written for him. Nothing Kayleigh or her lawyers can say persuades him otherwise.
Then the singer gets an anonymous phone call; it’s the first verse of ‘Your Shadow’ playing. Soon after, one of the crew is horribly murdered. Kayleigh’s friend Kathryn Dance, a special agent with the California Bureau of Investigation, knows that stalking crimes are not one-off occurrences, and, sure enough, more verses of the song are played as warnings of death to follow. With a little help from forensic criminalist Lincolyn Rhyme, Dance must use her kinesic and investigative skills in an attempt to find the killer before more people die.
I read this book very recently and really enjoyed it. I think it’s very underrated and I’ve barely heard anybody talking about it. It’s an excellent Crime novel, with the team investigating a stalker. You can find my full review here.
Release Date: June 2012
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Average Goodreads rating: 3.76
My rating: .5
Critical quotes: (The “Kathryn Dance” novels): “Deaver is a master of the narrative twist” (Heat), “[Deaver’s] intricate twists and turns catch out even the hardened thriller reader” (Daily Mail).
My verdict: A claustrophobic Crime Thriller all about the dangers of obsession.
Author’s other works: Over 30 novels, including the “Kathryn Dance”, “Lincoln Rhyme”, “Rune” and “John Pellam” series. Also written the James Bond novel ‘Carte Blanche’.
YOU by Caroline Kepnes.
When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works he is instantly smitten.
But there’s more to Joe than Beck realises and much more to Beck than her perfect facade. And the obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences …
This book contains one of the creepiest narrative voices I’ve ever read, and it’s truly fantastic! This is probably my favourite book I’ve read within this category/sub-genre. You can find my full review here.
Release Date: June 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Average Goodreads rating: 3.83
My rating: .5
Critical quotes: “If you only read one new thriller this year, make it this one” (Daily Mirror), “Chilling and unrelenting” (USA Today).
My verdict: This chilling, creepy account from inside the mind of a stalker is fantastic!
Author’s other works: ‘Hidden Bodies’ (2016).
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris.
It all started that night in the woods.
Cass Anderson didn’t stop to help the woman in the car, and now she’s dead.
Ever since, silent calls have been plaguing Cass and she’s sure someone is watching her.
Consumed by guilt, she’s also starting to forget things. Whether she took her pills, what her house alarm code is – and if the knife in the kitchen really had blood on it.
I loved this book so so much! The narrative was genius, and I could physically feel the anxiety that the protagonist feels. I have so much to say about this book – check out my full review here.
Release Date: February 2017
Average Goodreads rating: 3.95
My rating: .5
Critical quotes: “A psychological page-turner” (Good Housekeeping), “You’ll race through to discover what’s happening!” (Prima).
My verdict: An exceptional read, full of plenty of suspense and many twists and turns!
Author’s other works: ‘Behind Closed Doors’ (2016).
I See You by Clare Mackintosh.
When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a grainy image, a website address and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.
Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .
This stalker book has a really unique and interesting premise, and the plot overall is fantastic. I read this book a few months ago and absolutely adored it! You can read my full review here.
Release Date: July 2016
Average Goodreads rating: 3.89
Critical quotes: “A breathless thriller based on a brilliant idea” (Daily Mail), “Impressive and original” (The Times).
My verdict: A spectacular Psychological Thriller novel about stalkers, with a complex narrative structure and plot.
Author’s other works: ‘I Let You Go’ (2015).
Happy reading 🙂