Book Review: Want You Dead by Peter James

I have read a number of Peter James novels over the years and loved them all. This is the first book I’ve read in the Roy Grace series, and it will probably also be my last.

Red Westwood ended her abusive relationship with fantasist Bryce Laurent months earlier, but he is finding it hard to move on. When she meets a new man, his low-level stalking hits new, terrifying heights, and Red’s life is no longer safe.

With the help of spyware, he can listen in to her every conversation, and tracks her obsessively, planning his revenge on her and her family and friends. Despite police protection, Red cannot escape him.

While this book had all the hallmarks of being an excellent read, it was actually quite terrible. It felt like it had been churned out to meet a requirement – the writing style was amateurish, the dialogue was banal, and the storyline was just a tad far-fetched. I struggled to make it to the end, and nearly gave up on a few occasions. It didn’t feel like I was reading a Peter James novel at all, because I have always been a fan.

The Roy Grace series is extremely popular, so I’m hoping that this rotten tomato is a one-off.

2 stars on Goodreads.

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