The Obsession Review

The Obsession Review

When you go to Target, you’re bound to get things you didn’t go in there for. This book was one of those purchases. The first thing that caught my eye was the book cover. Two stick figures wrapped together with string against a blood red background, and the words “Boy meets girl. Boy stalks girl. Girl gets revenge.” It was immediately in my shopping cart. Who doesn’t love a good stalker story? 

Logan fell in “love” at first sight with a girl named Delilah. This love eventually leads Logan to watching her through hidden cameras. How romantic. Logan is determined to make Delilah his and to become her savior, no matter what, but there’s more to Delilah than meets the eye. When Logan finds out about one of her many secrets and blackmails her with it, she knows she has to get rid of him. At all costs.

The book was a smart, very fast paced thriller, told from a dual point-of-view. This way of writing showcased how the characters justified their very questionable actions, which made it interesting to read. When I was reading Logan’s chapters, I almost forgot that he was the antagonist in the story. He convinces himself, and us readers, that the world is cruel and unforgiving, and that only he was capable of saving Delilah from it. He was the only one with the proper tools, after all–cameras, good looks, and the power of love. His thought process and motive doesn’t change much throughout the story. His desire for Delilah never wavered. In Delilah’s chapters, however, it was quite the journey. Near the beginning of the story, I actually felt sorry for Delilah, since even she herself thought she was just a damsel in distress. She was the one who was lured and trapped, while Logan was the one who had the leverage, money, and charms. Nonetheless, slowly but surely, her anger grew, and my anticipation grew with it. Eventually, she was the one with the power and leverage over him, and she definitely got her revenge. Both points of view were well written and engaging. They gave each narrator a distinct, unique personality and depth.

I also enjoyed reading the escalation of Logan’s obsession and Delilah’s ruthlessness. A simple look through Delilah’s social media escalated into breaking into her house and smelling her moisturizer.  A spur of the moment decision escalated into a meticulously prepared plan. Pretty big jumps, if you ask me.

Even though the ending was implied on the cover and a little predictable, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and I couldn’t put the book down. It hooks you in and manages to keep you hooked with how fast everything progresses. If you’re in a reading slump, this book is for you. All in all, this is an amazing book and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes the thriller genre.