March 26, 2010

Review: Stop Me by Richard Jay Parker

Stop Me


I'm sure you've seen them. The emails that flood your inbox that say forward this to 10 people or something bad will happen to you. Well when Leo Sharpe gets an email from a man calling himself The Vacation Killer he deletes it just like most people do. What Leo doesn't know is that this email is real. The killer has kidnapped a woman and if the email doesn't get forwarded back to him within 10 days the woman will be murdered and evidence proving the death is sent to the police.

But when Leo's wife disappears and the police receive an email from The Vacation Killer, Leo fears the worst. When 10 days pass and the police don't receive further evidence from the killer that Laura is dead, hope flares in him.
Leo's life spirals out of control and he spends months searching for Laura. He even goes so far as to befriend a man who confessed to Laura's murder even though he's never left his home state of Louisiana. Will Leo ever learn the truth behind Laura's disappearance or will he become The Vacation Killer's next victim?

Stop Me had me feeling like one big ball of nerves. The anticipation of who the real killer was and what would happen to Leo was mesmerizing and I just couldn't stop reading. The beginning of the book is a bit scattered but everything tightens up after the first third of the book and things really heat up with the last third. I highly recommend this one for anyone who loves thrillers.


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4 comments :

bermudaonion said...

Oh, I hate those emails, so I love the concept of that book! It sounds like a real page turner!

Benita said...

I always delete those emails. I hate them. But it certainly is a great topic for a book. This one sounds riveting and fascinating.

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enyl said...

I like a book that keeps me on edge and guessing. This is the kind of book where I try to find the red herrings and solve the crime before the climax.
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Bingo said...

OOH...your review really makes me want to read this book but also afraid to read it...I also hate those emails!

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