Stalker

Stalker

by Lisa Stone

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ISBN-13: 9780008236731
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/14/2018
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 7,125
File size: 803 KB

About the Author

“As a writer of suspense thrillers I often ask myself what if? What if this happened instead of that? Or why a particular person reacted as they did. So often fact is stranger than fiction; these books start with a fact which I develop.”

Lisa Stone lives in England, has 3 children, and 27 books published under the pseudonym Cathy Glass, many of which have become best-sellers.

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Stalker 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
tschnitzler 14 days ago
Interesting and original. The author leads the reader to believe Derek Flint is both good and deviant, but as one gets to know Derek, the deviant just doesn't work. Even though what Derek was doing was illegal, I applaud his reasons! I still think he's a hero! Good read!
Rosemary-Standeven 4 months ago
I was supposed to be busy – too busy to read this book, but it would not let me go. Just another page, another chapter … oops, book read and no work done. The story was enthralling – literally enthralling! It has been quite a while since I was this obsessed with getting to the end of a book. I can’t put my finger on it – the story-line is good: serial (seemingly unconnected) crime events in a small town; realistic police procedures leading to initial incorrect assumptions of guilt; more focussed police work – nothing so far really out of the ordinary. But then comes the central character, Derek Flint. One of life’s great losers and forgotten men. He fits the profile of many a serial killer / psychopath – no friends, lives with his embittered mother, sits in front of a computer all night … in short, not someone you would ever feel sympathy for – or even remember if you met him. In your first introduction to him, you have him pegged as the evil perpetrator – and just wonder how long the police will take to bring him to justice. Derek runs a moderately successful Home Security company – by himself, with an occasional poorly paid apprentice – and knows the potential flaws of his clients’ security issues inside out. Who better to plan robberies and arrange abductions? It is all so obvious, that you know (as a seasoned reader of crime novels) you must have the wrong end of the stick. Derek is conscientious, polite, always punctual (clearly a sociopath!) – but actually, genuinely cares about the welfare of his clients, and does everything he possibly can to keep them safe. And that is where he starts to get a bit creepy. He sees his clients as part of his family, and spends every evening with them all, watching their every move, listening to them talk … via the security cameras and microphones that he has installed in their homes and businesses. Deep down, he knows what he is doing is wrong, but he justifies it as giving each client that added extra protection that only 24-hour surveillance can bring. And in this current crime wave, that is definitely what they need. However, Derek’s warning emails and texts don’t just stick to crimes against property, he also flexes his moral compass – with some quite unforeseen consequences. I really liked the character of Derek, and so much wanted him to come clean to the police, and to his clients – before it was too late. He appears more and more to be one of the (really) good guys, but there is always a sneaking suspicion, that the stress he is put under will drive him to the dark side. Some of the twists you can see coming – but that in no way detracts from the enjoyment of the book. Other twists are clean out of the blue. It is very difficult to review this book in a way that will bring it all the readers that it so deserves. But you just need to start it – and the book will take over from then. I can recommend this book very, very highly. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
booklover- 10 months ago
After reading this book, I eyeballed my computer very, very carefully. Derek Flint sells and installs computer security systems. Then he goes home, and watches from afar. He has their passwords, so it's no problem for him to log in, and watch what's going on. These homes are like the family he doesn't have. He feels it's his responsibility to look out after all of them..... Like the woman cheating on her husband. Derek sends an auto-message to her husband and he rushes home to find his wife dallying with another man. He then assaults his wife leaving her with severe head injuries.... Like the young babysitter in one home, who ignores a child's cry because she's involved with her boyfriend. Another text message is sent to the parents of the crying child. When they arrive home, clothes have been straightened, whiskey glasses washed and put away. However, when the camera is rolled back, everything is revealed... (Book Blurb) When a series of crimes hits Derek’s neighborhood, 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? Is Derek the stalker? Or is he the one being stalked? Is he responsible for all the break ins, all the crimes? Or is her being set up to take the fall? This is an outstanding book. Characters are finely drawn and take part in an original story premise. The ending was absolute perfection. This book should make everyone be much more careful when it comes to their computers. Many thanks to the author / Avon Books UK / Netgalley / Edelweiss for the advanced digital copy of this crime thriller. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
readers_retreat 11 months ago
I admit, with the title 'Stalker', this was not what I was actually expecting. That being said, the technological aspect suited me to a T - I love a good technothriller! We all usually assume that stalking means following by physical means but it can be through a computer, with all of the technological advances we have made. like it is here. So, now we have established that this is cyber stalking, lets talk about everything else. The style and pace of writing is good, character devlopment is also done well - you actually sympathise with Derek Flint and his situation. This is a classic case of 'just because you're a loner, doesn't mean you're a criminal'. I enjoyed all of the elements of this title and would recommend it to those who appreciate technology based/high tech thrillers. My only slight gripe is that some of it was a little predictable. I do intend to try some of Lisa Stone's other books in the future. I would like to thank Lisa Stone, Avon Books UK and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Haziegaze 11 months ago
A scarily plausible thriller that immediately made me change by router password! Stalker is not what you would expect from the title. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, in the UK a stalker is "a person who illegally follows and watches someone, especially a woman, over a period of time" and although this book certainly covers this definition, it does so slightly differently to what you would imagine it would. For one, it isn't primarily about physically following someone around and for another, it's not primarily about a man stalking a woman. It starts of a little slow but certainly builds to a very satisfying conclusion. The main character, Flint, is a bit weird but, strangely, he grew on me as the story developed and I found myself feeling sorry for him despite the creepy way in which he lives his life watching over other people living theirs. Once the book got going proper (that's good English!), it never stopped it became a very riveting read that I found difficult to stop ... you know the feeling ... just one more chapter and before you know it, it's way past your bed time! There are twists that you can see coming and there are others that hit you right in the face! Overall, a very entertaining and captivating read that I would highly recommend and my thanks go to the publisher, Avon Books UK, via NetGalley for my copy in return for an honest and genuine review.
CrazyCat_Alex More than 1 year ago
Liked the book a lot. Didn't like Derek, but couldn't help to feel sorry for what he had to endure in the end. And it was scary to see what is possible with technology if one know how to do it.
SarahJoint More than 1 year ago
Yikes! This one might have you putting some tape over your webcam. If it's not already there. Or maybe you'll start thinking a bit more about your home security... Stalking has changed with the times. Now someone doesn't have to follow you to memorize your habits, note when you come and go. They need only to hack into something of yours online, and they can find out more than you'd think just from your social media presence. This isn't necessary for Derek Flint. He's professional and capable. He seems like a great choice to install security at your house. Bring everyone living there peace of mind, keep them safe. Oh, and log into the cameras and watch all of you from the privacy of his bedroom. That too. Quite a few of his clients start to experience invasions and robberies, and he seems dismayed. He wants to watch them and protect them, not see them suffer. DC Beth Mayes isn't so sure. She quickly learns that he has a connection to many local crimes, and she senses something off about the secretive man with the reclusive mother. Rightly so, but is he responsible for more than spying? Nice and creepy, quick read. It's a bit different than what I'm used to, focusing more on the technology you can use to watch someone. It was alarming in a whole different way. Some parts were a bit predictable, but there were aspects of the ending that definitely threw me for a loop. I worried this book would be full of tech talk that was beyond me, but it's definitely not. Derek isn't a master hacker by any means. He simply takes advantage of the trust people place in him. It makes everything easy to understand and get into. Lisa Stone is an author I'd be happy to read again. I received a copy of this book from Net Galley and Avon Books, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
Reading this book gave me chills as I sat in my living room and looked at my security system camera which I never really thought about. This is a quote "Security cameras are there to keep us safe, right?" This book gave me a birdseye view of what can be done with computers, security systems and phones among other things. Derek is a lonely man who installs security systems He watches his clients from home but will be go too far? Crimes, assaults and rapes have been committed. This psychological thriller will have you on the edge of your seat. You may never look at your security the same ever again. There is another world in cyberspace and it's scary I received this book from Net Galley for a honest review.