When a seventeen-year-old girl, Haley, goes missing, police are puzzled to what could have happened to this all-American girl. Enter FBI profiler, Evelyn Baine. On the surface, this popular teenager seemed to have no enemies but as Evelyn digs deeper, building her profile, she discovers that maybe people around Haley have more to hide and maybe Hailey had some secrets. And one of those secrets could have gotten Haley killed. As Evelyn races to uncover what could have happened to Haley she realizes that maybe the girl isn’t the only in danger…. perhaps Evelyn is too.
Stalked by Elizabeth Heiter is a crime thriller meets police procedural following police profiler Evelyn Baines. This novel is actually the fourth in the Profiler Series by Elizabeth Heiter, but have no fear, I had no issues with reading this one as a standalone. As a huge fan of Criminal Minds, I was obsessed with the idea of reading a crime thriller whose protagonist is a kick-ass, female profiler with the FBI. I was not left disappointed.
The novel opens with a bang. Haley has already been missing, the FBI has been called in and in a textbook re-sweep of the room, Evelyn finds a notebook tucked in between the bed. She finds it filled with Haley’s handwriting and the words “If you’re reading this, I’m already dead… “
This novel has plenty of moving pieces with two stories working at the same time. We have Evelyn’s case, as she profiles Haley’s captor, and then we have Evelyn’s boyfriend, Kyle, who is also working a human trafficking case. At first, the cases seem unrelated but as they begin to uncover inconstancies and coincidences, the connections between each are hard to ignore and soon they are working together to solve the case. I loved how Heiter worked to weave together these two stories; it built up slowly, filling the story with tension and twists. I was on the edge of my seat!
My only complaint with this book was the way the narrative was written; I am a huge fan of multiple POVs and character perspectives, but this one seemed choppy. It jumped around within each chapter without much rhyme or reason and there wasn’t much distinction between when the story was shifting gears. I would have enjoyed it more if it had been more fluid. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the story (and the development of Evelyn) enough to look past this and work my way through the narrative technique.
I’d recommend this one to anyone who is looking for a police procedural with lots of layered plot. If you are a fan of detective television shows or Criminal Minds, I feel like you would especially like this novel. I’ll be going back to read the others in her series!
This one is on sale December 27, 2016.
I voluntarily received an e-copy of this book from the publisher (Harlequin), the author (Elizabeth Heiter) and Netgalley; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.