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Planning Penelope

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Alexander George Bishop V has an obsession. He controls every detail of her life, and she doesn't even know he exists.

Everything always goes as planned ... until it doesn't.
224 pages
Published July 11th 2017
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Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Whoa. Talk about one creepy mindfuck.

But I really can't say that I did not totally love it lol.
Bex |
Have you ever been so intrigued by a blurb that you just have to know more about the book immediately? That’s what happened with me and Planning Penelope. The tiny little blurb lead to me seeking out an excerpt of the story, which lead to picking up the book, which lead to me not putting it down for anything and reading it in one sitting. I mentioned this book to a friend recently and said, “It’s like getting a story from a “Criminal Minds” unsub’s perspective”. Yes, being inside the head of a s ...more
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
4 creepy stars!!

Not exactly what I was expected still really good.It was captivating and faset paced .Review to come!!!


Melissa Parnell
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was so intrigued reading about this book. I had to know more. I signed up not quite knowing what to expect, but I was so glad I did.

This book is so different from anything I have ever read. It is deliciously dark and conflicting. I have never felt so conflicted over a character. To be in the head of the stalker and to get their perspective. It excited me and creeped me out. I wanted to know more. I even sympathized with the character some. However, there are so many twists and turns you will n
Sara Blanchard
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So I read and enjoyed the author's debut novel, and I have to say that this book impresses me even more than her first. It's so compelling!! Planning Penelope was an easy read but with a storyline that I've never stumbled across before - a stalker? From this perspective? A book that makes you even sort of sympathize ... until suddenly you're like whoa, who ARE these people? I won't give anything away, but it's definitely a book to pick up this summer. ...more
Daphne Manns
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Planning Penelope kept me engaged and in suspense for the entirety of the book. My feelings toward the main character ranged from empathy to horror to disgust, and back (more than once!) throughout the story line.

The suspense building throughout the book kept me hooked and I was completely surprised by the twists and turns of the ending. I highly recommend this book as a guilty-pleasure read.
Alison Repp
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was a beta reader for Planning Penelope and the book blew me away! I've never felt anything like this while reading a book. The author told the story from a disturbed individual POV, but in a way that I could relate to, which was very unexpected. I was so conflicted on whether I loved or hated Alex. Just when I thought I was on his side, BAM, he does something that completely throws me for a loop. The originality and the writing were fantastic. Highly recommended! ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book came out of nowhere for me. I randomly came across on a book list. It said stalker alert so I was in. If you have read a book like You by Caroline Kepnes then you will definitely like Planning Penelope. The blurb is below, although it doesn't give anything away which is great because you should really go in with as little information as possible. I'm going to try to convey my love for this book, while not give too much away. 

Basically Alex is obsessed with Penelope. He knows every aspe
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Planning Penelope! This book had everything you would hope for it to. The premise itself is so intriguing. We're getting a first person narrative from the point of view of a full-fledged stalker--a brilliant, fascinating man with a tendency toward obsessive and controlling behaviors. So the book is a multi-layered character study not only of him, but also Penelope through his eyes. It's a tall order but the author pulls it off. The plot delivers all of the suspense you would hope for as Alex los ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I read this book in one sitting - I couldn't get enough! The author's writing is sufficiently descriptive to take you to the scene, but allow enough imagination to fill in the gaps. I've read another of her books and felt the same way - her writing really works for me!

Ms. Lockwood has written a compelling story to show that everyone has their secrets!
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I was captured by the very first line all the way to the very last line. It was soooo creepy. But I was still completely sucked into the main character's life. I really, really loved it. I've never read a book like it before . ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C-R-E-E-P-Y!!!!! And I devoured every delicious word. I could not put it down. Every free moment I had my nose in my Kindle. Erin Lockwood is a genius with the written word. A super fascinating and intriguing read following every mapped out moment of a stalker. Infinite stars!!!!!!
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this author's first book. But I have to say, this one is even better! I never thought I could sympathize with someone so twisted. I couldn't put the book down, it was so enthralling. I read it in one sitting! ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book!
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Ty McGuiness
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book turned out to be really adorable, well in a twisted kind of way. BUT adorable none the less.

i loved how it showed us a glimpse of how an obsessive person thinks and acts around in public, i enjoyed being inside Alex's head, and how everything turned out.

in the end, humans are made up of spontaneous actions and a plethora of choices & experiences that make them unpredictable, yes there are some that be read so easily - predetermined as some might say but there are so many variables invo
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alexander George Bishop V, Stalker Extraordinaire!

What a great story! Told from Alexander George Bishop V's POV, I at first thought that he would "accidentally" meet Penelope, and even though Alex was stalkerishly obsessed, they would hit it off, fall in love and get that HEA. Unfortunately, it was Nathan who quite literally bumped into Penelope instead, and none of Alex's careful planning and manipulations could alter the course of true love! Hmmm! Now I'm beginning to think that Alex is THE BA
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I returned this book on Audible. I was so disappointed in how it turned out, if you're looking for the HEA the book originally alludes to, don't bother. The author emotionally sucker punches you and leads you to believe and enjoy one relationship and then throws you under the bus for another. I hated it, I felt totally betrayed. ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I feel like I'm saying this a lot about many different authors and I don't know if it's the author's fault or the publisher. This book could have been so much.....more. It could have been taken to the next level, but it seems as if everyone involved in making this book were afraid to go there. ...more
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
I wasn’t rooting for the main character tbh, I wanted them (Penelope) to clash or meet but ya know...
Kendra Peart
This book was awkward. The plot was hard to follow and the climax was... Nonexistent? I kept hoping it would get better or have some kind of interesting conflict but alas. Maybe I missed something!
Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I had like medium hopes - literally just medium - and I mean, it didn't SUPER let me down, but also - what was the point of this....? it's like off brand "You" ...more
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