Wow. This book! I really, really enjoyed it. I had another book to start after this one, but don’t want to yet — I want to digest this one some more. It’s going to stay with me for a long time.
Things I loved about this book:
Paul’s writing style. Ironic, cynical, sarcastic, witty, intelligent, sophisticated, interesting, wry, obscure references ... my kind of book.
The pace. This books flows so well; it never drags along. And has the perfect amount of backstory — just enough to explain things and be interesting (and relevant). I’m so tired of books that are 50-60% backstory every other chapter. Tedious and overdone.
The characters. I both loathed them and felt sympathy towards them. I sometimes wanted to hug them, other times wanted to smack them. They were all strongly written and very distinct. I feel as though I’ve actually met them. There are no cardboard cutouts here, nor cliched good guy vs bad guy. These are flawed and real humans.
The story. Who doesn’t love a good stalker story? This one goes beyond that concept, though. It’s timely, it manages to be original, it’s very suspenseful. It has so many layers.
The suspense, and, sorry to use this trite, overused word, but .... twists. Yes, this book is twisty. In brilliant ways. I have to be vague, as I don’t want to give spoilers.
The atmospheric qualities. Wonderfully done by the author. I’m picky about book settings and descriptions ... I want to feel like I’m there, seeing and feeling the scenes. This book succeeds in that on every page.
The social commentary throughout the book. Social media, traditional media, current affairs, social justice, crime and punishment, lgbtq issues, and others. Social issues perfectly woven into the larger story, just as real life. Interesting and made me think. Not preachy, not condescending, not exploitive. Great insight into social media, which is a subject I grapple with myself.
I could go on and on, but know a humble review of mine can’t do justice to this book. It deserves more than anything I can write about it. I’ll just say that I very highly recommend it and will be looking for more works by this author.
*This is where I make a joke about being Paul’s biggest fan and start stalking him. <grin>
- Audio CD
- Publisher: Dreamscape Media Llc; Unabridged edition (11 July 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1974972488
- ISBN-13: 978-1974972487
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.9 x 12.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
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