By: Manuela Soares
Someone is always watching…
Do you cover your webcam with a sticky note? What about switching your phone off when you don’t need it? In today’s age, with in-home security cameras, things like Alexa and Google Home, and other various technologies that can be used track our every move, how safe, how private, are our lives really?
Stalker by Lisa Stone is a book that showcases the horror of what technology can do and what people can do with it against us. The main character Derek Flint owns and operates a small, though lauded as large, security system business, and instead of having a support staff or algorithm that alerts people when their security has been tripped, Derek takes it upon himself to spy on his clients through the security cameras that he has installed. Being a loner, he believes that his clients are his family and as such he must look after them. When something is amiss, like a babysitter ignoring the children in favor of her boyfriend or a cheating wife, he sends a supposed automated email alert to his customers stating to check their system; only it’s not an automated email and he’s just a creep that’s watching their every move.
Derek takes on apprentices, who never seem to last long, and it’s with his latest apprentice that things truly begin. A series of break-ins occur and the one thing that they all have in common is that they employ the same security firm; Derek Flint’s Home Security. With an investigation taking place and the dots being connected, well-founded doubt is being placed at Derek’s door and his stalker/voyeuristic tendencies come to light.
Though not the greatest story I’ve read, this one does have a relevant theme and an extra twist that I wasn’t expecting. It was easy enough to figure out who was doing the break-ins, but the why alluded me until it was fully revealed. That why had me questioning a few things and wondering where that line between fantasy and reality really is, and how people can so easily blur, or straight-out cross it. Admittedly, there were some points while I was reading that I either had to put the book down and walk away for a bit or skim along because I got bored, but overall it wasn’t a bad way to spend a couple of days reading.
*DISCLAIMER – Thank you to Edelweiss and Avon Books for providing me a free ARC in exchange for my honest review. *