Thursday, July 6, 2017

Review Tour of STALKER, MY LOVE: Zack Scott

Stalker, My Love
by Zack Scott
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Romance
Release Date: May 14, 2017

An untraditional love story where fantasy clashes with reality, and happily ever after seems like an elusive dream.

Welcome to Pine Bridge, a small town rife with secrets. Personal is everyone's business and passion is high.

With the disappearance of Rosalyn Ray, tensions soar and fingers point in every direction: the boyfriend, the best friend, the mother and the stalker.

Frustrated by the search going nowhere, Rhett Calloway makes it his mission to discover the truth and find the girl. Some people in Pine Bridge say he's obsessed. Some say he's dangerous. Some say he's hurt Rosalyn. All Rhett knows is he's loved Rosalyn since they were kids and he'll do what it takes to see her again.

Ever Feel You’re Being Watched? It’s Cause You Are!

Rosalyn Ray has a problem—a stalker who won’t leave her alone. While it’s true that Rhett Calloway once saved her from abusive boyfriend Earl Wick, it’s also true that the act of chivalry didn’t entitle him to a permanent place in her life. But try telling that to Rhett. He continues to obsess over her—right up until the night she disappears from Pine Bridge. Where is Rosalyn? Was she abducted? And is she alive? They’re all good questions and ones Detective Elliot Venice wants answered. Elliot is determined to find her missing best friend, but a drunken romp puts a cramp in the investigation—and her career.

STALKER, MY LOVE by Zack Scott is a suspenseful tale of love in its many forms—and that includes stalking. Yikes! The imaginative plot hinges on discerning fact from fantasy. While you might think it’s easy to tell the difference, it’s not in this novel! Rhett has a regular fantasy factory housed in his cranium, and it never stops churning out fuzzy pink unicorns that serve as bride’s maids at Rhett and Ray’s weddintg--like that’s ever going to happen! As a device, the mental instability blurring reality is effective in creating mystery and adding plenty of atmosphere. I also loved the author’s choice in using multiple POV’s. Since suspects abound, it’s a good way to let the reader get inside their heads.

On the negative side, I do think there are repetitive passages and dialogue that could be edited out. It would move the story along at a faster clip in some spots. But it’s a small price to pay, and the sheer inventiveness wins out. I appreciated the attention to detail and how all the subplots meshed together to deliver an ultimately satisfying ending.

Zack Scott’s writing is first-rate, and hummed right along. The pacing is good and there are plenty of red herrings thrown in to drive us crazy in guessing who did what to Rosalyn. Definitely an enjoyable read and one I can recommend.

I’m giving this one 3.8 for anyone wanting a fresh take on mystery.

Zack was born and raised in Southern California. He has written several stories, including the zombie apocalypse trilogy, THEIR DEAD LIVES, the horror comedy, ONE PISSED-OFF SHARK, and the recently released STALKER, MY LOVE. He is licensed to practice law in the State of California.

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