We have a sociopath twisting people around his little finger. But the author puts doubt in your mind as to if the people are manipulating the sociopath or is the sociopath manipulating the people? This causes the investigator, Servaz to constantly be off guard. As you turn the pages you feel you've got a grip on the story and about that time, the author takes that grip away. That makes you more determined to continue reading. Servaz starts investigating a cold case. IT was thought the case was over until......he discovers something that makes him think someone is actually killing women in a different way. Not murdering them but hounding them to death. Quite a different plot line than most. The author gives clues about Servaz through his nightmares. Notes start appearing in mailboxes. The author leaves you wondering who is sending the notes and why? The book reads like a short story but it isn't a short book. Servaz isn't the only one receiving notes. Christine Steinmeyer is finding them also and they are leaving a drastic effect on her. At first she didn't think anything of it but when she started getting phone calls at work, things changed. Someone is taking over her life and she is starting to fall apart. Christine slowly loses her friends, her colleagues, her family, her fiancee. They all think she's crazy. She has become isolated.She has no one to trust. Isn't that what the manipulator wants? Isolation? The author does a good job of slowly putting Christine at the mercy of the manipulator. The author makes you start to wonder, who can you trust, really trust. Is it safe to turn out the lights? If you do, will you see the manipulator coming for you? The book is long with characters that are twisted together with other characters. You become emotionally involved with Servaz and Christine. You even wonder about the countless women that have and are being hounded by the manipulator. Some that are never heard of. Think about it. Is it possible to be manipulated to the point of death? Beware, this could happen to you. You think your friends and family would stand by you, see your side, but........
“You did nothing.”
Christine Steinmeyer thought the anonymous suicide note she found in her mailbox on Christmas Eve wasn’t meant for her. But the man calling in to her radio show seems convinced otherwise.
“You let her die. . . .”
That’s only the beginning. Bit by bit, her life is turned upside down. But who among her friends and family hates her enough to want to destroy her? And why?It’s as if someone has taken over her life, and everything holding it together starts to crumble. Soon all that is left is an unimaginable nightmare.
Martin Servaz is on leave in a clinic for depressed cops, haunted by his childhood sweetheart Marianne’s kidnapping by his nemesis, the psychopath Julian Hirtmann. One day, he receives a key card to a hotel room in the mail—the room where an artist committed suicide a year earlier. Someone wants him to get back to work, which he’s more than ready to do, despite his mandatory sick leave. Servaz soon uncovers evidence of a truly terrifying crime. Could someone really be cruelly, consciously hounding women to death?
What if the people closest to us are not what they seem? What happens when someone takes control of your life and your relationships? And what is hiding in the darkness? In Bernard Minier's Don't Turn Out the Lights, you won’t see who’s coming after you.