- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Twelve; 1 edition (August 7, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1538711478
- ISBN-13: 978-1538711477
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,199,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A fascinating, disturbing, and original thriller that erases the boundaries of the genre and draws challenging new ones."―
"Such a great read, and the product of a highly entertaining and disturbingly dark mind. If I was a friend of Leo Benedictus, I'd be reconsidering my options."―Stephen Mangan
"Beautiful writing and a modest, pensive protagonist contrast grisly violence as we follow a stalker through a maze of streets and shops. Intrigued by those more colorful than he, drawn to the vibrant and vivacious, the narrator is trapped in his irrelevance and we inside his head as he records the movements and the moments of his more ostentatious prey. A brilliant and goosebumpy read!"―Susan Crawford, bestselling author of The Other Widow and The Pocket Wife
"READ ME offers a salacious, disturbing, and increasingly focused look into the mind of a stalker."―Booklist
"Ingeniously nasty...reminiscent of Vladimir Nabokov and Patricia Highsmith...Expect to be provoked by a teasing metafictional game."―The Sunday Times
"A word of warning: do not pick up this novella late at night. Not if you'd like to sleep any time soon...Darkly addictive."―Hephzibah Anderson, The Mail on Sunday
"The contrast between the narrator's tone and the unsettling nature of his actions creates a host of tension...[READ ME] suggests a reimagining of John Fowles' The Collector for an age of social media, constant surveillance, and toxic masculinity."―Kirkus
"A fiendishly clever book, though not for the soft-hearted...You'll find yourself turning pages in the most disturbing kind of grip."―Sydney Morning Herald
"Another clever, cutting riff on the book-within-a book...this strangely congenial thriller-cum-treatise ends on a note of provocative ambiguity."―The Guardian
"Claustrophobic intensity...makes it a memorable and rewarding, if far from comfortable, experience."―The Sunday Express
About the Author
Leo Benedictus was born in London and graduated from Oxford University. He worked as an advertising copywriter and as a freelance sub-editor for The Guardian. His work on immigration issues has earned him widespread recognition: his article "London: The World in One City" won the Amnesty International UK Media Award (2005) and the Race in the Media Award (2006). His work has appeared in Prospect, The Observer, The New Statesman, The London Review of Books and The Literary Review. Leo's debut novel The Afterparty was long-listed for the 2011 Desmond Elliott Prize. Leo is currently a freelance feature writer for The Guardian and lives with wife Sarah and his two sons in Brighton. Leo is writer-in-residence at Holland Park School, London.
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An unnamed narrator receives an inherited fortune and decides to now use his time refining his hobby: stalking random people. He keeps notes and records of his subjects and, at first, switched to different subjects after a short period of time. His rule was to never become personally involved, until he met Frances. Frances is a beautiful young woman working for a consulting firm. Soon it becomes clear that our stalker is disrupting and manipulating events in her life, causing her harm and psychological distress. He is also dealing out punishment on Frances's behalf to those he believe deserve it.
The opening scene in the novel will clue you in that something is off with the narrator. He is a nobody and there is no real sense of a personality except evidence will hint to the fact that all is not right with him. His account of what he does is presented in a bland, matter-of-fact way, and he seems alternately awkward and insipid. However, normal people don't stalk others, become obsessed and monitor their subjects, keep notes on them, or set up cameras and microphones to spy on them. There is no true clue why the stalker chose Frances either.
Right at the start the long-winded discourses and philosophical digressions are monotonous and slow the novel down. I felt like I was slogging through this novel trying to get through it, especially in the first third, when I expect an author to hook me into the premise of the story. While the premise seems promising from the description, the switch between first, second, and highly subjective third person point-of-views makes the narrative feel muddled. (Adding to this encumbrance is the use of the past, present, and future tense.) For me the novel fell flat.
Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley.
I love a good psychological thriller and Read Me seemed to fall into that category. Read Me follows a man who believes that he is doing studies in people but in reality he is a totally creepy stalker. Over the last 4 years since he has been unemployed, it seems he has stalked around 85 people at least. He gives bits and pieces of information about these people but presently focuses on one woman, Frances.
I had a lot of expectations for this book and some of them were fulfilled while some of them were completely unaddressed. It was totally creepy and made me feel like this could happen to anyone, it's so simple in this age of technology and gave me that uneasy feeling of omg has this happened to me? But otherwise, it was just mediocre. One scene in particular dropped an entire star in my review for this book. It was unnecessarily and unexpectedly descriptively gory. I felt like it was out of the blue and had nothing to do with the plot. It was disappointing and gross, honestly.
The ending fell flat for me, as well. It had SO MUCH potential to be totally creepy but ended up just being eh.
If you're in the market for a stalker novel, go ahead and pick it up. But if you're just out here looking for a gripping psychological thriller, I'd pass on this one.