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Stalkers by Paul Finch (DS Heckenburg #1)

I didn’t know what to expect from Stalkers by Paul Finch, especially considering that some Goodreads reviewers didn’t rate it very high (that teaches me to NOT read reviews before actually reading the book), but when I finished the novel I had to sit for a while and think.

The premise is short of fantastic – imagine a team that knows your darkest secret and deepest desire and can (and will) fulfill this wish – for a price. Imagine you’re there, with your wish fulfilled and you suddenly realize it’s the worst thing it could have happened to you – ever. This is what Ian Blenkinsop realized too late, after the fact, which will be haunting him for the rest of his relatively short life.

On the other end we have a very determined, almost fixated cop, “Heck” D.S. Mark Heckenberg who can’t let go of the the missing 38 women which haunt his every waking moment, even when all his team is taken away from him (now he literally become a one man team of the Serial Crimes Unit), and even when he is literally suspended from following the case by being sent for a 3 long months of holidays because apparently he needs it.

He reluctantly goes on this forced holidays with one goal: to find out the truth on his own – what happened with the missing women and what is really the connection between then – because he is sure they are connected somehow.

And just to complicate his already confusing life, meet  Lauren Wraxford, the sister of one of the missing women who is more than determined to stick to Heck like glue until they find her sister – or die trying. And of course, the story wouldn’t be interesting enough without a mob representative in the form of Bobby Ballerama, who becomes Heck’s strangest of allies simply because he is missing a daughter too and his last hope of finding her is Heck.

The book literally kept me at the edge of my seat throughout. I read it during this weekend and I’ve already bought on Kindle the second installment, Sacrifice, intending to start reading it tonight.

A great beginning of a new series by Paul Finch, an author that I haven’t heard of before, but one I’m really glad I met through this explosive first novel in the series called (what else) A DS Heckenburg Thriller.

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20 Comments

  1. This sounds like a great book filled with intriguing twists and turns! Great Review and I am so glad you went with your gut to read this book instead of basing it on other reviews 🙂

  2. I love thriller books so this is something that may interest me. Sounds like a good read. I will have to check this out.

  3. I’ve been seeing reviews for this all over the place. I’m excited about reading it because it sounds so interesting!

  4. I also think it is difficult to tell how a book is going to be by other peoples ratings. Sometimes it is a nice surprise. This book sounds like one I would really enjoy because I love books that keep me on the edge of my seat.

  5. I like this story, it’s rather creepy that you can just pick any woman in the world and boom she will be given to you, wow. I like stories that are unique and intriguing.

    1. Oh this is definitely intriguing and it actually boggles the mind that there might be people out there to do just this.

  6. Oh I do love these types of novels but when I am faces with the choices to pick one out, it’s so hard to decide. So I find reviews like yours very helpful because I can already tell that I would love this book!

  7. The title sends shivers and makes me hesitant, however, your review is intriguing. I have not heard of Paul Finch but then again, it’s not the type of book I would normally gravitate too. I love reading reviews and finding new authors.

  8. I have never heard of Paul Finch either, but I do love a good thriller. Thanks for a great review, I am adding this to my reading list.

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