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Read Me

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Read Me by Leo Benedictus

Hitchcock’s Rear Window meets Messud’s The Woman Upstairs in this unnerving, superbly crafted novel which takes readers deep into the mind of a serial stalker and, through him, the lives of his unsuspecting victims.

Try it yourself. Go out, pick somebody and watch them. Take your phone and a notebook. Persist. What begins as a confluence of yours and another person’s journeys, on the train maybe or leaving a cinema, gets into an entanglement. You follow, feeling that it’s not really following because you’re going the same way, then when they at last reach their office you feel the clutch of a goodbye. It’s normal. But how many times do you think the person being followed has been you?

READ ME is a seductive, haunting novel that holds a sinister mirror up to the ways in which we observe, judge, and influence people. Benedictus’ prose commands and draws readers into the dark, manipulative mind of a serial stalker as he targets women across London, escalating his efforts until he settles on Frances — a bright young professional whose career is set to take off — whose life he proceeds to unravel from the inside, out.

A chilling rumination on power, manipulation, complicity, and anonymity, READ ME exposes just how vulnerable we are to the whims of others — people we may not even know.

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Author’s Bio

Leo Benedictus was born in London and graduated from Oxford University. He worked as an advertising copywriter and as a freelance sub-editor for The Guardian. His work on immigration issues has earned him widespread recognition: his article “London: The World in One City” won the Amnesty International UK Media Award (2005) and the Race in the Media Award (2006). His work has appeared in ProspectThe Observer, The New StatesmanThe London Review of Books and The Literary Review. Leo’s debut novel The Afterparty was long-listed for the 2011 Desmond Elliott Prize. Leo is currently a freelance feature writer for The Guardian and lives with wife Sarah and his two sons in Brighton. Leo is writer-in-residence at Holland Park School, London.

My Review

3 stars

This is the story of a stalker. He writes that years prior he inherited a large sum of money and has spent his time following random people. He follows people around making notes in his journals. But he has taken a liking to Frances. He sees her crying and introduces himself to her, a conversation happens about her work situation, and their phone numbers are exchanged.

From there he starts seriously stalking her, hiding cameras and microphones in her apartment. He even hides in her apartment when she is there. Then things go from bad to worse. It seems he is the reason she had trouble at work.

When I think of stalkers I just get a chill and I was excited to see how this book was going to tackle that story line. Although the narrator and Frances has the possibility to be really good, the story started falling flat for me. He started being more obnoxious than scary and Frances didn’t really make me care what happened to her.

This could be a story that people really life but I have to say that I didn’t really think it was a fit for me. Try it, you may like it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Twelve Books for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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I Promise

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I Promise (A Night Hawks Saga – 1) by Tonya Coffey

Do you remember your first high school crush? Would he jump into danger for you?

Mine did…

My daddy warned me to not walk down Cider Avenue after school. I thought the threat on my life was nonsense, just like the other times before… But when arms engulfed me, tugging me into a van, on that very street, I wished I had listened.

My only hope is in the motorcycle club, Night Hawks. I couldn’t deny, the son of the club’s president had swept me off my feet. I was drawn to the boy with rugged looks and a heart of gold.

As my world collapses into chaos, will he pull me from the clutches of my enemies or will our families be drawn into a war of blood, guns and broken promises?

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Tonya Coffey 

Author’s Bio

Tonya grew up in a small town in southern Kentucky. She was always surrounded by nature whether it was on the farm or in the forest camping with her family. The older she got she realized she had a vivid imagination and sharing her stories with others gave her joy. With her husband and two teen sons motivating her, she continues to share her imagination with the world.

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My Review

5 Stars

Cora Abram’s father is the local Sheriff. He has done something to upset some powerful people. To get back at him they plan on killing Cora. Cora is warned not to come home the regular way but decides that she wants to see her boyfriend, Dante Black. She is abducted off the street and they are planning on killing her. Her only hope is Dante, the son of the local motorcycle club, the Night Hawks leader.

Dante is eighteen and has the responsibility of a man yet is still young. Both Cora is sixteen, doesn’t understand the kind of trouble she is in, and seeing how far she can break the rules. They have a sweet relationship and I really like how you can see Dante as the bad boy with a heart of gold.   And Cora, I understand wanting to see how far you can bent the rules but with her history you would think that she would be more cautious.

I have loved Tonya Coffey’s A New World series and when she asked me to review I Promise I jumped at the chance although this is not my regular type of read. I’m really glad I did. This is a young adult romance and was very clean without the violence and sex being a bit too much. This is a great start to a new series and I would love to see where it goes from here.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read and share her book.

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