Review: Stalked (The Profiler #4) by Elizabeth Heiter

Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (December 27, 2016)

From If you're reading this, I'm already dead… 

That's the note seventeen-year-old Haley Cooke leaves behind when she disappears from inside her high school. FBI profiler Evelyn Baine is called in to figure out who had reason to hurt her. On the surface, the popular cheerleader has no enemies, but as Evelyn digs deeper, she discovers that everyone close to Haley has something to hide. Everyone from estranged parents, to an older boyfriend with questionable connections, to a best friend who envies Haley's life. 

Secrets can be deadly… 

One of those secrets may have gotten Haley killed. If she's still alive, Evelyn knows that the more the investigation ramps up, the more pressure they could be putting on Haley's kidnapper to make her disappear for good. It's also possible the teenager isn't in danger at all, but has skillfully manipulated everyone and staged her own disappearance. Only one thing is certain: uncovering Haley's fate could be dangerous—even deadly—to Evelyn herself.


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Let me begin my saying that although this is book number four in a series, you do not need to have read the previous three books in order for this story to make sense. 

I'm sure there will be a lot of people who enjoy this story. It was well written, and I imagine it goes the same way a lot of police work goes - lots of dead ends, lots of theories, and one eventual thread that ties it altogether. 

However, this story just seemed to be entirely way more complicated than it needed to be. There was a wide array of characters who may, or may not have had anything to do with Hayley's disappearance, just like there are characters who may or may not be involved in a human trafficking/prostitution ring. It seemed the lead investigators on this case spent more time chasing their tails, and going after the wrong leads that instead of making the story seem realistic, it instead made it drag on. 

By the last third of the book, I was tired of it. I was tired of the characters, I was tired of the dead ends and confusing sub-plots. I did finish this story just to find out what happened to Hayley and whether or not by this point she would be found dead or alive, and I will say that the ending was surprising and not what I had expected, but I don't feel it was worth it to have gone through the rest of the story just to get to that point. 

Overall, I am sure this story will appeal to those who enjoy crime and thriller novels. I would read more from this author. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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