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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.
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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.
Leo, the main character, is surprisingly real; just a plain, simple ordinary guy, very likeable with an almost innocent-like approach to things. As the story unfolded you almost wanted to protect him and I found myself being pulled right in to the point where I was wishing him out loud not to do things!
The book surprises right to the end and then when you think that's it, up pops another totally unexpected twist - one I definitely did not see coming!
I can honestly say that the book kept me nicely on edge from start to finish and for a debut novel this is impressive stuff from Mr Richard Jay Parker! Suffice to say, I'll definitely be looking out for his next thrilling read.
Should the author ever come across this review he has a lot to answer for because if I ever hear/read the words `Howdy Doody' again, I'm not quite sure how I'll react! Chills down the spine!
It's an intestesting modern idea and well written. Take the leap and give it a try, if you like crime/thrillers/mystery I do not think you will be disappointed.