When I read the synopsis of this book I was hooked! A reader leaves a one-star review for a thriller author and he stalks her? Sold!
After making sure that the dog doesn’t die (spoiler: he doesn’t!) I jumped right in to the audiobook. There aren’t many characters in this story but the twists and turns are absolutely incredible. Just when I was sure it was the end…it wasn’t!
Emma has isolated herself by choice in a remote beach house in Washington state. She is housesitting alone with only her dog Leika for company. Her only contact is her neighbor Deek, who lives across the way and with whom she engages in games of Hangman via a telescope.
Emma is a voracious reader and after finishing a particularly bad thriller on her Kindle, she leaves a scathing review for the author. Let the games begin.
There are all the elements of a classic thriller story with some true crime elements thrown in but yet I still felt completely blindsided by the ending! I loved the dual narration, and recommend this book if you’re in the mood for a scary suspense story that’s a fun and fast thrill ride.
Taylor Adam’s popular book No Exit has been made into a Hulu movie so now I’ll definitely watch it!
About the Book:
After posting a negative book review, a woman living in a remote location begins to wonder if the author is a little touchy—or very, very dangerous—in this pulse-pounding novel of psychological suspense and terror from the critically acclaimed author of No Exit and Hairpin Bridge.
Emma Carpenter lives in isolation with her golden retriever Laika, house-sitting an old beachfront home on the rainy Washington coast. Her only human contact is her enigmatic old neighbor, Deek, and (via text) the house’s owner, Jules.
One day, she reads a poorly written—but gruesome—horror novel by the author H. G. Kane, and posts a one-star review that drags her into an online argument with none other than the author himself. Soon after, disturbing incidents start to occur at night. To Emma, this can’t just be a coincidence. It was strange enough for this author to bicker with her online about a lousy review; could he be stalking her, too?
As Emma digs into Kane’s life and work, she learns he has published sixteen other novels, all similarly sadistic tales of stalking and murder. But who is he? How did he find her? And what else is he capable of?