The Stalker

Marina Martindale
The Stalker
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Good Oak Press
Release Date
August 2016
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Rachel Bennett attended her ten-year high school reunion on a whim, but fate intervened once she saw Shane MacLeod. No longer the shy, gawky teenager she remembered, Shane has matured into a handsome and successful man, but her perfect evening ends when another man from her past suddenly reappears. Craig Walker had been her mentor until he became jealous of her talent and success. Now he intends to either have her, or destroy her at all costs. As Rachel's family pressures her to take Craig to court, she can no longer ignore her nagging feeling that a tragedy is about to strike.

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
Nov 09, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
159 people found the following review helpful
THE STALKER by Marina Martindale is your typical boy and girl get back in touch with each other and fall in love. In this case, it's a ten-year high school reunion that serves as the initial backdrop for the story. Add in a crazy stalker and you have the makings for a suspenseful romance.

Likes: The story has all the components necessary to tell the tale including leading man and woman, supportive secondary characters, and the villain. I also liked the ten-year reunion idea along with some of the means the stalker used to keep tabs on Rachel.

Dislikes: I just wasn't feeling the story. While it might be fine for some readers, for me, the story was lackluster. I couldn't generate any sort of emotional response either to Rachel or Shane and I found Craig comical in all his stalkerish behavior. When Shane became ill, instead of feeling bad for what was going on, I thought he came across as incredibly weak. Instead of feeling any sort of suspense, I was resisting the urge to skip ahead in the story to see if it got better. Even the romance elements didn't hold together well for me.

Again, the story elements are there and that's great. And for some, I'm sure it will be a fun read. But for me, that emotional pull I look for in stories to keep me turning the pages simply wasn't there.
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