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‘The Victim’ By Eric Matheny

“Hmm … Wow.” She chewed her top lip, eyes fixed in contemplation. “You know what? In almost eleven years of tracking your movements, spying on you online, relocating to Miami to get a little bit closer to you, getting married and then using that as a damn good way of getting to you, I never once thought about why. It just felt … I dunno.” She shrugged. “Just felt right. How are Gina and Charlotte by the way? Charley, you guys call her, right?”

She rocked with laughter. “Jeez, so sensitive. Facebook’s a funny little phenomenon. It’s a study in human narcissism, but funny nevertheless. Gina should really opt for a private profile. It’s been like a window into your life for the last four years.”

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by … Jenn at ‘Books And A Beat’

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. Head on over to ‘A Daily Rhythm’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for Jenn, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Cleo,

      Gina may have unknowingly revealed too much about the family’s life in her public profile, although her own problems pale into insignificance when compared to those of her husband.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits 🙂

    • Hi,

      I may have to check out your book when I have finished reading ‘The Victim’, as I just know that I am going to be eager to read more from the genre.

      When you have a moment, could you let me have a link to the book you have in mind?

      Thanks and I appreciate you taking the time to comment 🙂

    • Hi Laura,

      I’m not so sure that there is any physical threat to his family, she’s saving all that for her own husband. However, if she lets slip all the secrets she has beeen keeping, then sparks are sure to fly!!

      If you enjoy a good psychological thriller, then this would be a good one to read 🙂

    • Hi Sherry,

      It seems as though the plot of the story is already out there after this scene and I am only 30% done with the book, so I imagine that the ‘creepy’ part comes next, as each protagonist tries to outwit the other, as the endgame approaches.

      The cover art is actually quite relevant to the storyline, which is always a great plus point for me.

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate you taking the time to comment 🙂

  • Fascinated and intrigued by anything that features the phenomenon that is social media, I’d certainly keep reading.

    “Leave the past where it is. They’ve made peace with it.” He kept rolling that quarter along his bloated fingers. On his other hand, he wore the ring he’d been given for 25 years of service. My dad had the same one. I’d buried it in a cigar box at the bottom of my closet.
    -Page 125, The Six Train To Wisconsin by Kourtney Heintz.

    Apologies its been a while since I drop by Yvonne, I trust you are well.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I must admit that social media can become very addictive and time consuming, so there are limits to my involvement, although getting onto Facebook seems to be my next logical step, just as soon as my technical expert (hubbie) is available.

      The fact that Gina is giving away so much information about herself, her family and their respective movements and routine, probably without giving it a second thought and completely unintentionally, is actually quite worrying – especially when she has no idea that she is being spied on by someone with malicious intent.
      I’m not really sure whether ‘The Six Train To Wisconsin’ is doing it for me at the moment, despite the overwhelmingly good ratings and reviews it has attracted to date. It sounds as though Kai and Oliver are quite strong characters in their own way, although they are another couple, like my own, who are harbouring huge secrets about their past lives! … But never say never, I may yet decide to add it to my list 🙂

      I too have beeen very lax in posting and blog hopping of late, although in my defence, I have been volunteering for quite a few extra hours to cover for staff shortages and as now, by 10:30pm, my eyes are beginning to close and I am drifting off as I type.

      I hope that both you and Mr.T are well and enjoying your summer – I gather we have something of a mini heatwave due to hit us here, in the south, at the beginning of next week 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      This is one stalker who really believes she has the upper hand – and to be honest, she probably does – at this point in time at least !!

      Thanks for sharing your teaser link and for taking the time to comment, it was great to have you visit 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      When the author first contacted me, I have to admit that my first thoughts were “another legal thriller” … However, this storyline offers so much more and I am so pleased that I decided to accept a copy for review.

      At 30% in, I’m sure that the mind games have only just begun and already the ante is being upped by the page!

      Thanks for taking the time to check out my TT, I always appreciate your visits 🙂

  • I had to look back at your other two posts to refresh myself on this one. I love a good thriller, but I’m not sure if this really grabs me or not. The idea of someone stalking through Facebook (or any other social media) is certainly creepy, though! I’ll have to wait and see what you think once you’ve posted your final review.

    I’m still reading The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick:

    66% into the Kindle – “Harthacnut, three and a half years old, could not quite figure out this thing called death. Its concept was baffling, and it drew even more peculiar reactions from the grown-ups.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      It’s a good job that we don’t all enjoy the same books and authors, or we would have nothing to talk about 🙂

      I had my doubts about this one before I began reading, as I was expecting more of an intense legal thriller, in the vein of Grisham or Baldacci, both of whom I admire, but can only read on an occasional basis.

      So far, I have been pleasantly surprised by the intense thriller which is building page by page, although as most of the plot has been revealed to the reader quite early on in the story, I am guessing that the rest of the book is going to be a game of cat and mouse between the protagonists.
      Tracy and yourself seem to be mirroring the timeline and genre of books you are reading, although focusing on different authors. I have to say, that after reading Tracy’s review and reservations about ‘What Fates Impose’, I would be more inclined to read Helen Hollicks historical writing, as her characters seem more developed and interesting.

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the book 🙂

  • Hi Yvonne. Hope you are well. Iv’e been offline for some weeks, just busy with summer stuff. Hopefully I can get a post or two written up soon.
    This book sounds like a good one and Facebook is surely “a study in human narcissism”. Some people put up so many details of their daily lives on social media, it can be scary. They get really comfortable online. I hope you enjoy this one!

    • Hi Naida,

      It must have been good to be able to take a break and enjoy some family time when the children are on summer holiday and I hope that you have enjoyed your time together.

      The schools over here don’t take their summer break until much later, so are only half way through their six week holiday.

      I know exactly how you feel about needing to make time to write up some posts. My own posts are getting fewer and farther between, as I now have so much less time to spend on the blog, or reading for that matter. I have such a backlog of review requests that I am going to have to start refusing any more, which is something I really didn’t want to have to do.

      I am not a part of the Facebook community at this time, although as with everything else, I shall probably decide to join, just when FB goes completely out of fashion!

      I do however, chat on Twitter, NetGalley, Smashwords, Goodreads and Amazon, as well as here on Fiction Books, so goodness knows how many snippets of personal information I give away every day.

      Obviously Gina has been letting just a few too many details go public and it hasn’t done her husband any favours, now it transpires that he has been stalked for some time.

      ‘The Victim’ is shaping up into a tense and exciting thriller and I am really enjoying the read 🙂

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