What’s it about?
A gripping YA novel for the Facebook generation.
“I love you.”
Lilly’s heart misses a beat when these words appear on her screen. Okay, she’d love to have a boyfriend, and when Ian sends her a friendship request, she eagerly accepts. He just looks so gorgeous in the pictures. But when she’s about to meet him in person, things take a dramatic turn. Who is Ian really? And how far will he go to get what he wants?
3 Rules Against Cyberstalking:
1. Don’t accept friendship requests from people you’ve never met.
2. Don’t look at their photos.
3. Don’t fall in love.
PRAISE for “Cyberstalker”:
“Gripping and insidiously convincing, CYBERSTALKER will simultaneously thrill and appal readers, who may start to wonder who might really be on the other end of every Internet conversation.” MG Harris, international best-selling author of “The Joshua Files”
This was the first YA novel that I’d read and even with the subject matter of stalking it’s quite an easy read and as it’s not a very long book I whizzed through it in a couple of sittings.
We follow Lilly through accepting a friend request on a social networking site which then progresses to meeting in real life and she soon discovers the consequences that can come with social networking and using the internet!
I did get a little annoyed with Lilly for still thinking she was in love with Ian even after all the things he’d said and done, but then it did take me back to my teenage years of having crushes and being so naive that you don’t know any better than to believe the best in people.
I liked that the author had Lilly’s friends follow her on her ‘dates’ and to make sure she was safe and I think this book highlights the downside of online interaction and get its point across of how to stay safe online and in real life without going too far.
Overall a gripping read that every parent and teenage girl should read!
About the Author
I’ve always read a lot and started writing when I was ten. Reading and writing have always helped me in my life, and I need both the same way that I need air to breathe. During my time at school I wrote a Sherlock Holmes novel, one horror and two adventure novels, and lots of short stories. My inspirations were Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen King and Ray Bradbury – quite a weird mixture, I know. My great mentor was my granddad, who was hilariously funny and inspiring. He read all my stuff and was happy for me, and he also found out that in the early 19th century one of our ancestors, Wilhelm Zahn, produced amazing books about the ancient murals in Pompeii and was friends with Goethe. This provided even more inspiration, as did all those late-night films I watched when I was home alone: mostly old B-monster-movies by Jack Arnold (“Tarantula”, “Creature from the Black Lagoon”), “The Thing from Another World”, and John Carpenter’s “The Fog”. Our old house always creaked and cracked, and that didn’t help. Well, it sure got my imagination going…
Later, while studying at uni I started producing computer software, for example the first language learning software on CD, and guidebooks for teachers about the new media, like the first didactical treatment of teaching film analysis.
On my way to school one morning I came up with the idea for “Granny Gertrude”, which then led to the stories about Tom and “TEAM 002″. I’ve always been a great fan of James Bond, and it’s kind of funny that there even is a Bond story titled “The Hildebrand-Rarity”, which was used as a source for the Bond film “Licence to kill” (1989). So it’s only logical for Tom, the hero of my secret agent thrillers, to admire James Bond. The idea for “Cyberstalker” came about during my work as leader of our team for crisis intervention. It’s more grounded in reality than you would like to know.
I love England, first and foremost our English friends and Dartmoor, where Sherlock Holmes chased the “Hound of the Baskervilles”. The small village of Postbridge has become our second home, and we love exploring the area and sitting round the fireplace, chatting with friends.
At our school, I currently hold the post of Deputy Headmaster. I also coordinate our crisis & counseling team. We endeavour to help our pupils, mostly to make them resilient against bullying, cyberbullying, cyberstalking etc. What’s most important job is creating a good atmosphere at school. We also work within a great network of partners such as other schools and counseling centres.
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