Stalker, My Love by Zack Scott

four stars

stalkerStalker, My Love by Zack Scott follows the untraditional love story of Rosalyn Ray and Rhett Calloway. In their early twenties and still living in their hometown, the motley gang—self-named REM, for Rosalyn, Elliot, and Mimi—attempt to navigate life in a stiflingly small town: Pine Bridge. Unlike most traditional love stories, this one begins with the would-be knight-in-shining-armor perched in a tree with a pair of binoculars, creepily observing his maiden fair. Clumsily, fumbling, and bumbling, Rhett is caught red-handed by Rosalyn, who promptly threatens to call the authorities on him. Meanwhile, her best friend, Elliot Venice, a newly minted deputy, and the supposed love of her life, Earl Wick, a washed up ex-high-school-baseball player, slept together, completely confounding everything the moment Rosalyn winds up a missing person. Of course, the minute she learns of her best friend’s disappearance, Elliot jumps right into action, despite the fact that her superiors caution her to wait the full 24 hours before launching an official investigation. Spurred by equal measures of love and guilt, she enlists the help of an unlikely gang of fellow officers. Through twists and turns and topsy-turvy unrealities, the truth of Rosalyn’s disappearance proves to be stranger than fiction—as does the romance that burgeons in the midst of it all.

Written compellingly and framed in a brilliant manner, Stalker, My Love turns the genres of romance and thriller on their heads with its novel concepts and fresh style. Further, the dialogue aptly captures the real cadence of modern speech and consequently enthralls the reader—at some points even lulling them into a false sense of security. Stalker, My Love features the kind of writing and fast-paced narrative arc that make its nearly 350 pages fly by seemingly in an instant. By the end of the journey, you’ll swear you know Rosalyn and Rhett as though they were your own best friends and closest confidantes. At that point, you may also start to question your own sanity, as whom you can trust becomes less and less clear. The lines of reality and fantasy blur, and they blur often, but that’s part of what makes the story so incredibly fascinating—and infinitely worth a deep-dive. If you are at all a fan of mysteries centered on vanished characters, whodunnits where anyone and everyone is under suspicion until the very end, or thrillers that involve elements of dark romance, then Stalker, My Love has your name stamped on its cover.

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