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Recommendations? Novels with stalkers

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jayisforjessica Sun 06-Nov-16 23:40:13

Supernatural things don't frighten me at all, because I can't quite suspend my disbelief long enough to get frightened. When I read a "thriller" book it needs to be very rooted in reality, in the real world - in this world. Unless the events in the book "could happen to me", it isn't frightening to me, you know?

I particularly like books about stalkers, especially when the stalker is smart enough to skirt the law so the victim gets more and more desperate, because there is (seemingly) nothing they can do. I must sound like such a ghoul right now!!! But I'm having trouble finding books that have stalkers but don't have, say, vampires/werewolves, or similar. I also don't like books that are written from the point of view of the police brought in to solve the case - unless they go on to be stalked themselves, I suppose. I'd rather it be told from the POV of the victim.

Does anyone know anything like that? Favorite themes are "if I can't have you no one can" (left the husband, taken the kids and he isn't happy about it and has the resources and smarts to pursue her) and "I don't even know who you are why are you doing this" (a chance encounter means so much more to the stalker than to the victim and before she can think about stopping the stalker, she has to figure out who he IS).

InsaneDame Mon 07-Nov-16 14:30:57

Haven't read it myself and not sure if it's the kind of thing you are after but there is The Collector by John Fowles. More abduction but a bit stalkerish maybe?

MermaidofZennor Mon 07-Nov-16 16:00:42

Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Not sure if that's quite what you're looking for but it is very good.

BBQsAreSooooOverrated Mon 07-Nov-16 16:03:43

Second the Elizabeth Haynes book. Very good.

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Mon 07-Nov-16 16:07:54

The Book of You by Claire Kendal is EXACTLY what you are looking for.


Matilda2013 Mon 07-Nov-16 16:10:06

Just came on to recommend the book of you as above! Should be exactly what you're looking for

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Mon 07-Nov-16 16:10:30

And one of my sixth formers says I must read You by Caroline Kepnes.


TheBitterBoy Mon 07-Nov-16 16:15:08

How about Secret Smile by Nicci French? The TV adaptation nearly put me off David Tennant!

LadyDeadpool Mon 07-Nov-16 16:16:47

Follow you home by Mark Edwards.

FruitOwl Mon 07-Nov-16 16:18:49

Enduring Love by Ian McEwan

Cheesymonster Mon 07-Nov-16 19:26:01

I came onto say You as NewCross has already said. Very good.

Into the Darkest Corner gave me many sleepless nights as a could really happen kind of thing.

OverAndAbove Mon 07-Nov-16 19:57:19

Disclaimer by Renee Knight; it has a twist

Yellowaveo59 Mon 07-Nov-16 20:01:27

Silent Crossing by Ellen McCarthy

jayisforjessica Mon 07-Nov-16 21:14:51

Thanks everyone ! Loads of lovely books to be getting on with!

ScrubbedPine Mon 07-Nov-16 21:22:35

John Fowles The Collector, as a pp said, which is brilliantly disquieting. For a more genteel take on stalking, Elizabeth Jane Howard's Falling, which is based on a real-life stalker and conman who targeted her.

noradurst Thu 10-Nov-16 21:28:20

You is fabulous! The Book of You annoyed me but it is exactly what you're looking for. Notes on a Scandal doesn't exactly qualify but I think you would enjoy it if you haven't already read it.

Also, thank you for the recommendations for Falling, am getting that from my library tomorrow. grin

noradurst Thu 10-Nov-16 21:28:59

Oooh forgot to edit/add: I also seem to be recommending this book everywhere on MN right now, but Things We Have in Common is a great, ambiguous psychological thriller about the meeting between two (possible) stalkers.

mistyegg Sun 13-Nov-16 14:58:18

Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott
Someone to Watch Over Me by Madeleine Reiss
Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards

l4urent85 Sun 13-Nov-16 17:35:27

I just read I see you which I thought was really good, might be the kind of thing you were looking for smile

l4urent85 Sun 13-Nov-16 17:36:27

Also the ladykiller by Martina Cole

MorrisZapp Sun 13-Nov-16 17:37:29

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh. Bleak but compulsive.

Saucery Sun 13-Nov-16 17:37:52

A Kind Of Intimacy, Jenn Ashworth

NewUserName01 Wed 23-Nov-16 20:43:42

I enjoyed the first half of 'The Collector' by John Fowles - very, very creepy.

I really loved 'Falling' by Elizabeth Jane Howard.

A friend has just read 'Love of Grace and Angels' by Barbara Jaques which she said was really good. It's on my 'to read' list.

user1471545174 Mon 05-Dec-16 20:30:03

Falling is brilliant.

Clawdy Thu 08-Dec-16 22:11:15

Another good one is Gone Without A Trace by Mary Torjusson.

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