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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY (4 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749007079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749007072
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,296,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Parker was formerly a TV script writer, script editor and producer before turning his hand to penning dark stand alone thrillers.

STALK ME is his third stand alone thriller and is published in paperback and ebook formats in 2014.

SCARE ME, was his second. Hollywood movie rights have been acquired by major US studio, Relativity Media. Star of PRISON BREAK and screenwriter of dark horror thriller STOKER, Wentworth Miller, has written the big screen adaptation.

STOP ME, Richard's darkly fiendish debut, was shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award.

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'STOP ME is a tightly written, fast paced debut that keeps you turning the pages...' Simon Kernick (Author of RELENTLESS and ULTIMATUM)


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'STOP ME is a tightly-written, fast paced debut that keeps you turning the pages.'
-- Simon Kernick (Author of 'Target''Deadline' and 'Severed')

About the Author

Richard Jay Parker enjoyed a successful career as a TV
scriptwriter, script editor and producer. STOP ME is his fiendishly dark, debut thriller novel.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 July 2010
Format: Paperback
I was very much looking forward to reading 'Stop Me' by Richard Jay Parker because despite it being the author's debut novel, it was receiving very good reviews. I have to say I was not at all disappointed. Right from the first mention of Leo waiting in the Chevalier Bar I found that I felt empathy towards both Leo and Laura. The use of modern technology is particularly appealing as it makes the characters very much in the 'moment'. The sinister tension grips as we get more and more deeply involved with the woe and turmoil that Leo faces trying to maintain a normality whilst trying to stop the madness. The tension never ceases, but the twists and turns as well as the major twists and turns keep you on the edge of the seat till the very end. A very good book indeed that leaves me waiting to see what follows.

Joseph Wilson 18 July 2010
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stella (Ex Libris) on 16 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
My thoughts: What is really scary in Stop Me is its premise. Nowadays internet chain letters are such every day occurences that one cannot help but shiver at the reality of this happening: the premise of Stop Me is completely believable and could happen anyday to anyone.

The writing sets the scene as a script, you see the events play out, the characters live and breath on the scene. Due to the 3rd person narration the reader is a spectator of the story, looking on at what is happening.

The novel focuses on Leo and how he copes with the disappearance/kidnapping of his wife. Leo's struggles to wait while the police investigates to find his wife, his trying to go on with his life while not giving up hope that Laura is alive somewhere are described throughout the novel in a completely realistic and credible way. We can imagine any ordinary person would behave like this if someone close to them disappeared.

This is what I would like to highlight about Stop Me: the authenticity and realistic portrayal of events and human reactions and way of coping. Here you won't see the hero swing by and save the day, no, Leo is a completely ordinary guy, with no James Bond alter-ego. He is no superhero who takes matters into his own hands and solves the mystery. He is an everyday John Doe trusting the police and waiting home for them to bring back his wife or at least discover what has happened to her.

The end, the conclusion of the story was unexpected and shocking. Great way to finish and explain the mystery (I have to confess with the almost too realistic portrayal and approach I was afraid the story and the mystery would remain unsolved just as one can imagine it would be in real life). The end certainly elevated the story and was a worthy conclusion to the mystery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Firth on 3 Sept. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
But not too super either. I do feel sorry for this book because i read it after reading the brilliant "Into the Darkest Corner" and i fear any book i had read after that would have left me feeling underwhelmed. But yeah, it's an ok read. I just wasn't too keen on the main guy, Leo. And i found that the whole Bookwalter thing was just a bit annoying. I kept reading because i wanted to know what had happened to Laura, but actually i didn't find myself caring whether she was found alive or dead. I didn't guess the twist though, although looking back i can see that some people would. I don't even have much more to say, i bought this book for 99p so it's good for that, but now it's nearly a fiver i wouldn't pay that for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luca Veste on 18 Aug. 2011
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'Stop Me' is a taut and tense psychological thriller from Richard Jay Parker. Centred around main character 'Leo', it charts his path to finding the truth behind his wife's disappearance. With a great premise and utilising modern workings of the internet, 'Stop Me' is a great entry into the genre by Parker.

It's in the main character, that much of the heart of this story lies. Instant empathy can be felt for the hopelessness of the character, which is handled deftly by Parker. Whilst other characters are not explained in great detail, this does not detract from the overall feeling of the novel. 'Stop Me' is all about the story of Leo Sharpe, an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation. He makes mistakes and brave decisions. A fantastic protagonist.

The plot unfolds at a nice pace, Parker revealing layers of the story in a tense and skilful way. It's full of tension and will keep you guessing up to the last chapter. In places it is chilling and horrific, without being overtly violent or macabre.

The ending was a bit off for me. I know a lot of people will like it though, I'll be in the extreme minority on this one, I just was slightly disappointed. It didn't affect my overall enjoyment of the story however, I would still definitely recommend this to anyone. It's a great debut novel, which shows a lot of promise.

It is, at its centre, a suspenseful mystery. Cleverly plotted and full of twists and turns. Very enjoyable and well written. I'll definitely be reading Parker's next novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rimbaud on 27 July 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Firstly, this is excellent value - currently only 99p on Kindle. Unlike some of the other cheap offerings on Kindle, this was published first in paperback by a reputable small publisher so it's been looked at by a professional editor and copy-edited and proofread. For that price, it's well worth a punt if you're looking for a page-turner.

Other reviewers have explained the basic premise - a serial killer threatens to kill someone unless his email message is forwarded on to enough people so that it eventually arrives in his own in-box within a specified time-frame. A great idea although it's not actually explored that much in the book which focuses much more on the central character Leo whose girlfriend, Laura, has gone missing and is seen as a victim of the so-called 'Vacation Killer'. The book follows Leo's attempts to find out the truth about what has happened to Laura. Along the way, there are plenty of twists and turns although I was never entirely convinced by some of Leo's actions despite the detail given to his feelings and emotional turmoil. However the plot does move along effectively and the book's great strength is its ability to confound your expectations so that you are keen to carry on reading and the final resolution comes as something of a surprise.

On plot, price and accessibility, this scores very highly. Where the book is weaker is in characterisation and context. None of the characters apart from Leo and his online nemesis Bookwalter are sketched out in any convincing depth and the section of the book set in New Orleans fails to do justice to the manifold mysteries and unique atmosphere of one of America's most interesting cities.

In summary, great holiday reading, especially at this price, and I hope that the author produces another thriller as he has fine control of plotting.
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