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Richard Jay Parker
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Book Description

4 Aug 2009
Forward this email to ten friends. Each of those friends must forward it to ten friends. Maybe one of those friends of friends of friends will be one of my friends. If this email ends up in my inbox within a week, I won't slit the bitch's throat. Can you afford not to send this onto ten friends? Vacation Killer Leo Sharpe's life is shattered when his wife Laura suddenly disappears. His desperate need to find her turns to obsession when he becomes convinced she's the latest victim of The Vacation Killer who has claimed eleven lives already - is Laura going to be the twelfth? The MO is the same every time - a woman disappears and within hours inboxes around the world receive a threatening email. A few days later, grim evidence of the victim's death is delivered to the police. But in Laura's case, nothing is sent. Has the killer spared her life? Why? And for how long? For Leo, the clock is ticking - he needs to do everything in his power to stop the killer before it's too late.

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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 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 975,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

Praise for Richard Parker

'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
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop Me 18 July 2010
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
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too shabby 3 Sep 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING 10 Nov 2011
By Wildman
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This story began with promise then descended into mind numbing boredom. The email dialogue with the american and subsequent trip to see him was unbelievably unbelievable. I was only able to get to the end by skipping page after page until we got back to the original story. A reasonable plot ruined.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful 4 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was pulled in by the positive reviews. What are people reading, that this book earns 5 stars from so many of them?
It is an abomination against literature. The story is weak, shallow and scattered, my jaw hit the floor every few pages.
In the worst way possible this book shocks and awes. Every action the lead character takes beggars belief and it just escalates and escalates, till the floundering, death throw that is the finale. Save your brain cells, and give this one a miss.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring 18 Sep 2011
By Rasher
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I bought this book based on a number of very positive reviews and my liking for the genre...I'm a big fan of crime/thriller/suspense etc. and enjoy Lee Child, Stephen Leather, Peter James, Cody Mcfadyen and the like. Generally I finish a book within 3 or 4 days but this took me the best part of a month , on and off. It was dull, poorly written (I lost count of the amount (sic) of grammatical errors) and I was constantly putting it down after reading just a chapter or two. Clearly others feel differently but, for me, it was the closest I've come to not finishing a book since Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates (the most ridiculous book I've ever had the misfortune of least starting to read!).
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By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Stop Me is relatively straightforward story, simply but competently told. This is both its strength and its weakness. The strength is it's a relatively easy read, well structured and paced, and adequately plotted. In some ways it felt like a one-off television drama fleshed out into a novel. The weakness is that story-telling lacks any real prose and for me, at least, it didn't incite any deeper thinking about the nature of people and society, particularly about disappearances and abduction. The story essentially focuses on Leo and is quite reflexive, exploring his thoughts and how he comes to terms with his wife's disappearance and his journey to discover her fate. This psychological exploration I found was mostly surface with only minor glimpses of any real emotional depth. I think my own ambivalence to Leo is that he's essentially a weak character and I found it hard to warm to his task because the reader is never introduced to Laura. It's quite difficult to care about the fate of someone who's a blank slate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stop me
Good book. Very cleverly written and keeps you guessing throughout the book. Has an unexpected twist and worth a read
Published 4 days ago by Sarah H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I enjoyed this book immensely; the premise was good and the book kept me interested to the end. Would buy others by the same author
Published 7 months ago by JS
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put this book down.
This book was a really gripping read. I couldn't put it down. So refreshing to read a book that wasn't full of offensive unnecessary language and explicit sexual references.
Published 15 months ago by SUE WOODS
2.0 out of 5 stars Almost Ridiculous!
I was intrigued by the idea for this story; a serial killer who sends out emails to multiple addresses instructing the recipents to forward the message to all of their friends. Read more
Published on 29 April 2012 by Lincs Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars A cleverly written story
This is a fast paced read. I found the story line plausible all the way through the book, only becoming stretched towards the end. Read more
Published on 26 April 2012 by Shaggy Dancer
4.0 out of 5 stars STOP ME by Richard Jay Parker
This was an unusal novel and had an unexpected ending. Great holiday read easy to pick up when put down
The story plot is its most important feature, not a lot of detail... Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2012 by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
I really loved the way you were carried through this twisting turning ride. Great perception and depth of characters!!! Roll on the next one!
Published on 7 Mar 2012 by Crispyseaweed
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, yet smart and original
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Published on 29 Nov 2011 by Pablo Gomez
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Thriller
An excellant thriller, best in many years for me. Unusual opening had me hooked until the end. Great how the each induvidual character appeared so real and easy to connect with,... Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2011 by Mrs. J. R. Grey
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I would highly recommend this book, kept me up till 3am reading it! it keeps you guessing right to the end, i couldn't put it down!
Published on 20 Oct 2011 by KatWeb1101
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