When Cassius finds a weird note under the windshield wiper of his car, he wonders if it might be a strange joke. That is, until more things begin happening and it becomes clear that he has a stalker. As the situation escalates, Cassius starts to feel more and more unbalanced. His brother, Peter, is a cop and he is helping to look into what is happening, but no one is able to figure out who might have it in for Cassius. As the threats against him get more serious, Cassius becomes more terrified, feeling as if he is being watched and wondering what direction the next attack will take.
At Cassius’ side are his brother, his best friend (and unrequited crush), a new friend from class, a potential boyfriend, and assorted others. They are all there for him, but Cassius has no idea who he can trust. All he knows is that the violence is escalating and someone is clearly out to hurt him, but who? Now Cassius must figure out who he can trust to be there for him and hope that strength and support is enough to help keep him out of the clutches of the one person who wants to see him dead.
I have become a huge Alice Winters fan so I was excited to check out this story. Like the other books of hers I have read, it has the trademark mix of humor and suspense. There is a really nice balance here that keeps the story right on that knife edge of intensity. On one hand, there is a lot of snark and banter among the friends and family as they interact throughout the story. And at the same time, we get an ever darker look into the stalker’s mind through letters the person is writing to Cassius that give us glimpses into their motivation and psychosis. There are some definite dark and scary moments, especially as the letters get creepier, but it balances out nicely with the humor and keeps the story from being too intense.
I am trying not to say too much here because I really don’t want to spoil the mystery of who is behind the stalking. Pretty much everything I can think to say about the plot in general risks giving something away, and I really don’t want to ruin the story. So I’ll say that Cassius does have a love interest and I really like how it develops. I think at times it felt like a lot was going on with this subplot, particularly toward the end as this character has his own resolution, but I did really like these guys together. I also think the stalker plot plays out well and in some really unexpected ways. I’ll admit that I did have a guess early on (and to my shock I was right), but I really think Winters gives this story some great twists and turns and the suspense end of the plot comes together really well.
So again, I’m keeping this one sparse because I don’t want to give away any of the good stuff, but I really enjoyed this story. I think Winters is excellent at suspense with a humorous twist and this book is a great example of that. Definitely check it out.