Stalked, the latest in Elizabeth Heiter’s series featuring FBI profiler Evelyn Baine, continues an impressive run of books for the author. Evelyn is a character worthy of a series and each novel features a unique plot, while also extending the overall mythos of Evelyn Baine.
In Stalked, Evelyn is tasked with discovering what happened to a popular teen cheerleader named Haley Cooke. Haley was last seen entering the school for practice and then simply vanished. Was she abducted or did she leave of her own volition? As Evelyn digs deeper into Haley’s life, the more it becomes clear that either one of these possibilities is a viable option. A note discovered in Haley’s room makes it clear that time is of the essence.
Meanwhile, Evelyn’s boyfriend Kyle has begun a new job and his first case runs parallel to Evelyn’s own investigation. Could the two be linked? And if so, how is their working relationship going to affect their personal lives. Added to this is the complication that Kyle’s new partner has connections to Evelyn’s past.
Like with the other three books in this series, Heiter manages to pack in some convincing plot turns that will surprise readers. The author’s skill at ending chapters with just the right cliffhanger practically forces readers to continue consuming the novel long after they should be asleep.
Elizabeth Heiter writes what feels like an authentic FBI investigation. Each new discovery leads logically to the next step taken in hopes of uncovering the horrible truth. The role of a profiler can be difficult to depict without it seems like a bunch of mumbo jumbo, but Heiter has a knack for honing in on the little details that make the profiler’s job possible. Because of this, readers get a real sense of what this job entails, and are more than happy to follow Evelyn’s hunches.
Stalked is a fast read, made more so by the ease with which Heiter deploys her eminently readable writing style. Stalked can easily be enjoyed by those unfamiliar with the series, but Evelyn’s development across the series is best enjoyed by reading these books in order.
Disclaimer: An print galley of this title was provided to BOLO Books by the author. No review was promised and the above is an unbiased review of the novel.