Book Title: Stalked
Author: Elizabeth Heiter
Series: The Profiler #4
Genres: Crime Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Psychological Suspense
Date Read: 10/07/16
Pub Date: 12/27/16
If you’re reading this, I’m already dead…
That’s the note seventeen-year-old Haley Cooke leaves behind when she disappears from inside her high school. FBI profiler Evelyn Baine is called in to figure out who had reason to hurt her. On the surface, the popular cheerleader has no enemies, but as Evelyn digs deeper, she discovers that everyone close to Haley has something to hide. Everyone from estranged parents, to an older boyfriend with questionable connections, to a best friend who envies Haley’s life.
Secrets can be deadly…
One of those secrets may have gotten Haley killed. If she’s still alive, Evelyn knows that the more the investigation ramps up, the more pressure they could be putting on Haley’s kidnapper to make her disappear for good. It’s also possible the teenager isn’t in danger at all, but has skillfully manipulated everyone and staged her own disappearance. Only one thing is certain: uncovering Haley’s fate could be dangerous—even deadly—to Evelyn herself.
Once again, I put on my big girl panties and picked up a book in the middle of a series I’d not read before. Geez Louise; talk about nerves! Elizabeth Heiter’s Profiler series had come highly recommended though so it really wasn’t my fault that I had to read this, right? Lucky for me there was a concise letter in the front of the book filling me in on what I missed before that was pertinent to this book, which wasn’t much. These books can basically be read as stand-alones, but if you pick one up you’ll gladly go back and purchase the previous 3 (or was that just me?). Stalked was everything you could want in a crime thriller and then some; I simply couldn’t put this book down and was very thankful my husband was in town to help with all the adulting necessary on a regular basis so that I could greedily devour it.
Our story opens with an explosion of thrilling suspense and holds tight to that level of excitement until the final page. I cannot begin to explain the level of intensity in this book; the details are exceptional without being boring, Evelyn Blaine is a female lead that I fell in love with instantly, and the complexity of the plot kept me fully engaged without being confusing. We are lead in all types of zig-zag patterns while trying to figure out the who and why; plot twists are constant here and very well done. The characters were deep, flawed, and easily rooted for. There were quite a few times that I found myself sitting straight up on the edge of my bed, tense and gritting my teeth, just trying to force myself to keep breathing and turn another page. It was THAT good. If you are into the FBI profiler type thrillers with mystery and suspense galore, this one’s for you. I can’t emphasize enough how much I loved Evelyn Blaine and her intelligent, hard core ways; she’s someone I’d want fighting in my corner if I found myself in a shady situation.
After finishing Stalked, I found myself excited to have found a new favorite series and desperately needing more from our characters, so I immediately went back and bought the previous 3 books on my kindle. I can’t wait to fill in the details of what I missed and see how it might have affected my reading of this one had I chosen to do so in the proper order. Highly HIGHLY recommended to my hard core thriller fans!
*Many thanks to Mira and the author for my copy; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.