The Regret by Dan Malakin

Today I hand back to Mandie for a review of The Regret by Dan Malakin. Thank you to the author for inviting us to review, and apologies for it taking so long! Here is what the book is all about:

Source: Review Copy

About the Book

What if someone wanted to ruin your life?

Rachel Stone’s world was destroyed by a stalker, Alan Griffin. After he went to prison, she rebuilt her life.

Now she has a three-year-old daughter and is in a new relationship. But someone is stalking her again. Her phone, her emails and her social media are hacked.

Rachel believes it’s Griffin, out of prison and looking for revenge. She needs to find him and make him leave her alone. But as Rachel is drawn into a hunt, she realises that something even more horrific is happening – something that will make her confront the childhood that has lingered inside her like a ghost, and will force her to face the truth about her new life.

Is Griffin the one ruining her life? Or is someone far more dangerous responsible?

Available from: Amazon

Mandie’s Thoughts

Rachel is a single mom who is struggling with a young child, a demanding job and making ends meet when her life is once again destroyed. In a distracted moment she does the one thing we are all being told not to do these days, click on a link on an email that she wasn’t expecting. What follows is a campaign to distance her from her support network until she has no one left to turn to. For Rachel this is doubly scary as it makes her remember a time in her past that she has worked hard to forget.

This is the first book by Dan Malakin, and I have to say that I just flew through it. You could really sense Rachel’s desperation as her life slowly spiralled out of control and she wasn’t sure what was real and who she could trust. Her past trust and health issues play a big part in how she deals with the problems that she encounters and, in some ways speed up the eventual outcome. Her family and friends were desperate to help her, but over time as she tried to keep things to herself, even they began to believe that she was the issue.  Although I could sympathise with Rachel, she was by no means squeaky clean. Some may even think that she brought it upon herself. That being said, The Regret really does highlight how easy it could be to totally take over someone’s life if you know how and really wanted to. That is the scary part, but it is also what makes the book work so well. Stalking someone no longer required any actual contact, it can be done from the safety of your own home.

This is a fast-paced story that will keep your interest right to the end as you wonder if Rachel will come out of this with her life and her reputation intact. The premise of this book did strike a bit of a chord with me for personal reasons and let’s just say am a whole lot more wary of emails, internet banking and using the web. I am just thankful that my experiences were not to the same level as the characters in this book. A really enjoyable read and I look forward to seeing where the author takes us with his next book.

About the Author

When not writing, Dan works as a data security consultant, demonstrating to corporations that should know better just how easy it is for hackers to access their most sensitive information. As a writer, his short stories have been widely published both in print and online, and he has twice been shortlisted for the Bridport prize. His debut novel, The Regret, was published by Bloodhound Books in Summer 2019. He lives in North London with his wife, daughter, and very, very hairy dog.

Come say hi on Twitter @danmalakin, or visit www.danmalakin.com to sign up for his newsletter and read some short stories.