- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY; FICTC edition (11 Jan. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749007133
- ISBN-13: 978-0749007133
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,193,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Stop Me Paperback – 11 Jan 2010
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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')
'STOP ME was shortlisted for CWA John Creasey (New Blood)Dagger Award 2010.'
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Joseph Wilson 18 July 2010
I was astonished to find that Mr Parker has an ability to create a feeling of suspense that pervades the entire book and lifts it way beyond the run of the mill action thriller. The characters are utterly believable, completely formed and worryingly like people a reader might actually know.
There is little point going into details about the plot or the characters, I'm certain anyone looking for a novel of this genre will read the reviews and buy without hesitation. A word about the writing style though; the best description I can come up with is tight, natural and with a flow that many well known writers fail to achieve.
I defy any reader to spot that this is Mr Parkers first novel. I also defy them to come anywhere close to guessing the conclusion.
With a next book already in the edit stage it's clear that Mr Parker is a writer to follow.
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