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Scare Me

Scare MeScare Me by Richard Jay Parker

DISCLAIMER: I received Scare Me as a publisher ARC through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: 2 Stars

Before you read my review, I want you to know something about me. I am a very technical person. Things that don’t matter to other people mean a lot to me. A lot of the negatives in this review will reflect the technical issues in this book.

It should be mentioned before you read this book that the protagonist and his family live in the UK. It isn’t mentioned until about 80% through the book, and it threw me off completely.

Scare Me is a genius idea. If serial killing wasn’t a horrible crime, I’d say the author has quite a talent for it. (Kidding, of course, it takes a lot more to kill someone than coming up with a murder-filled scavenger hunt).
The way the plot for Scare Me was planned out was incredibly interesting, and what drew me to the book in the first place.

The things that brought the book down are (again) the technical aspects of it. Mostly, the phone calls and internet access that the protagonist seemed to have an unlimited supply of. He travels across continents, ditches and purchased phones, and keeps track of mobile devices through GPS, all without losing an internet connection or phone service. This is just completely unrealistic.

The author uses many different POVs to the point where it gets hard to follow. Throughout the book, we are following 6 different people at any given time. It’s thoroughly confusing and obnoxious, you can’t get more than a few pages before being thrown into another story-line.

Maybe that’s how mystery novels are supposed to be, and maybe that’s why I tend to stay away from the genre, but it took a 4 star book down a few notches, and that’s always sad to see.

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