I picked up my latest book challenge read after browsing through an Atlantic Canada publishing pamphlet. I’m all for supporting home-grown authors so I was excited to find Walt by Russell Wangersky at my local library.
I think the description on the back cover of the book says it all – this was a Chinese finger trap of suspense that kept you guessing until the very last page. I, however, don’t want to give the impression that it was an intense page turner. The story did jump around a bit and numerous times I had to go back and re-read parts to figure out what happened or to see if I simply just missed an important connection. Despite those minor transgressions, this was a very engaging read. It definitely provided a new perspective on how stalkers pick and chose their targets, as well as offered a great deal of insight on why posting private information on Facebook is NOT a good idea.
For any Alfred Hitchcock fan out there, I would say this book is for you. Once you reach the last few chapters, where loose ends start to be tied up, you undeniably get a very “Hitchockish” vibe from the storyline. The end is not grand or jaw dropping, it just leaves you with a slight “I knew it” feeling – very similar to the wonderful cinematic work that was the brainchild of Mr. Hitchcock.
If you see this one at the library, pick it up. Not only will you be in for a suspense with a twist, but you’ll be supporting a relatively new East coast Canadian author. A definite win-win.
Next up on the book shelf: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira