The Stalker by Alex Gray
A murder on their doorstep
A case that’s too close to home . . .
The body of a young woman has been discovered in Bellahouston park, the second in a matter of months. It’s clear to Detective Superintendent William Lorimer of Police Scotland that they have a repeat killer on their hands, who is sure to strike again.
Lucky for DSI Lorimer that his wife, Maggie, is miles away from potential danger, touring Scotland to promote her first book. Faced with strangers at every event, Maggie doesn’t notice the quiet, non-descript man sitting in the back row.
But he has noticed Maggie Lorimer. And soon his will be a face she never forgets.
My Review ~
‘Darkness, be my friend’
The Stalker is a police procedural novel which surround the stalking of a female. But this isn’t just any female, this is Maggie Lorimer, wife to DSI William Lorimer head of the major incident team in Glasgow. Maggie is currently touring Scotland to promote her new book. Which makes her isolated, lonely and vulnerable. We become aware as we read on, that someone is following Maggie, someone who has an unhealthy obsession.
The title opens with DSI Lorimer at the crime scene of a murder victim in Bellahouston Park. The victim is in her 30s and has been strangled. Which draws a comparison to another recent case of a female found at Queens Park.
Is there a serial killer prowling the streets of Glasgow?
The novel continues and we learn more about the difficulty in prosecuting stalking as a crime and what is currently considered ‘enough’ to keep victims safe. With warning and court orders being the standard police pursuit.
The novel creates much rom for discussion with regards to the psychology of stalking. And what drives individual stalkers to pursue their victims. 4*