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.