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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Review: The Regret by Dan Malakin @DanMalakin @bloodhoundbook

The Regret 
by Dan Malakin

Thanks so much to the author for this copy!

Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Publish Date: August 20, 2019
Kindle Edition
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Rachel Stone’s world was destroyed by a stalker, Alan Griffin. After he went to prison, she rebuilt her life.

Now she has a three-year-old daughter and is in a new relationship. But someone is stalking her again. Her phone, her emails and her social media are hacked.

Rachel believes it’s Griffin, out of prison and looking for revenge. She needs to find him and make him leave her alone. But as Rachel is drawn into a hunt, she realises that something even more horrific is happening - something that will make her confront the childhood that has lingered like a ghost, and will force her to face the truth about her new life.

Is Griffin the one ruining her life? Or is someone else, someone far more dangerous, responsible?

My Review:

I have a weird love for stalker/obsession type of books.  Rachel already had to deal with Alan once - now he's out of prison and things start to go awry again. It MUST be him, nothing else makes sense.  This triggers her paranoia and ongoing bout with anorexia and here we delve straight into her dark mind where even we don't know what's truly happening.

What I loved about this book is the terror in how easily it is for someone who is capable to take control of your life via technology.  Honestly technology, while wonderful in its own way, is absolutely terrifying to me.  Things are too easily hacked into and as someone whose identity has been stolen before, knows how much of a pain it is to rebuild ANYTHING once even the smallest breach happens.  I also enjoyed the depth he brought to Rachel and her battle with anorexia and how this propels her paranoia.  I don't think I've ever truly been in the mind of someone who had to deal with this - fictional or not.

While I did enjoy this fast-paced read, I did think that it could've used a little polish in the presentation.  Some things didn't flow quite as nicely as it could have and I felt myself a bit confused in certain areas.  Maybe the secondary characters needed a little more life in them to really round out the entire story.

In any matter, this was a fun (and scary) read of obsession gone cuckoo and I'm here for all the cocoa puffs.


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