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The Stalker

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  524 ratings  ·  39 reviews
For fans of Gillian Flynn, Caroline Cooney, and R.L. Stine comes The Stalker from four-time Edgar Allen Poe Young Adult Mystery Award winner Joan Lowery Nixon.

When Jennifer Lee Wilcox returns home from the beach, she finds that Stella Trax, her best friend’s mother, has just been murdered. The police think Stella’s daughter Bobbie did it. Jennifer sets out to prove Bobbie’
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 1st 1987 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1985)
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Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
//edit: I just saw the synopsis said "for fans of Gillian Flynn" so I am DONNNNEEE

okay.. so I'm pretty much done with John Lowery Nixon.

This was the most boring thriller with the most stilted dialogue I have read in quite a while.

Jennifer's BFF is accused of murdering her mom, so Jennifer sets out to find the real murderer. She teams up with an ex-cop turned PI named Lucas and absolutely no shenanigans happen.

Jennifer whines non. stop. about EVERYTHING. She is a hindrance to the case and is ba
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, seemed like a quick read and if I had more time it would have been finished the day I started ! This is an older book which I thought I may have read many years ago but had only a vague recall of. I really liked Jennifer the main character, her love of family, courage and her sense of adventure. It had a sense of mystery and suspense but not overly dramatic or scary. I like reading simple books every now & then, they are an enjoyable escape with no need to think o ...more
Four Book Freaks
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: emily
This book kind of sucked, I read it for Reading Olympics. Jennifer annoyed me, she seemed more like a twelve year old than eighteen years old. Lucas lacked depth, as did all of her other characters. Her characters weren't flawed. The book was predictable and didn't make sense at times. There was a rising action and then the ending just deflated like a sad balloon. The ending was too abrupt, didn't close well, and frankly was just poop. I wouldn't recommend this book to others, it really isn't ev ...more
Dec 31, 2009 rated it liked it
For those who love mysteries and thrillers, this is a great book. It combines the determination of one awestruck teenager who is trying to save her friend from persecution and the catastrophic point of view of the stalker/murderer himself. Without knowing who will win, this novel is a suspenseful page-turner that kept me going for hours at a time!
Jacob Penrith
Jan 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
I was not that big of a fan of this book. It was mostly boring and dialog. Not much action which I like. It was a mystery book but I didn't wonder very much about the killer mystery part of the book.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Marjan Afshari
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would recommend this book to anyone who is into suspenseful, mysterious stories. I really enjoyed all the characters in this book because it was easy to relate to each of them. The one thing that I didn't like about the novel is how it didn't really have a preface or backstory. Throughout the whole book you are trying to figure out who the "real" killer is and this is what keeps the story interesting. I did get annoyed whenever the book kept having so many twist and turns that I didn't really ...more
Paula Brandon
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I've always wanted to read Joan Lowery Nixon, but this introduction to her work was pretty lackluster! The mystery wasn't very interesting, and the main character was a pain. She was so immature! I kept expecting her to cross her arms in front of her chest and stamp her feet whenever things didn't go her way. It was nice to see her teaming up with the retired detective to solve the murder, however. I think there's a reason R.L. Stine and Point Horror took over in popularity from this sort of mys ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book was the first real mystery I have read and it was pretty good.The only thing I didn't like was the way that Jennifer acted, she was always whining or asking when they would find the killer.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: disliked
Less suspenseful then I thought it was going to be. The mystery behind the book was bland and the ending was anticlimactic. Overall, the book was not that fun to read
Jaeley Legg
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think this book was good but it wasn't the best because if didn't give a lot of information about what you were reading and it didn't end right it never said who actually did the crime.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think it was good because there were many clues that they gave us and thy helped us try and figure out who the stalker was.
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I was a big fan of Joan Lowery Nixon's books when I was a kid, and was kind of excited to revisit my childhood. Jennifer's best friend Bobbie has been accused of murdering her (Bobbie's) mother, but Jennifer knows Bobbie couldn't have done it. So she embarks on a quest to discover the real murderer, teaming up with a retired police detective to hunt down clues and figure out whodunit.

As a young teenager, this book would have drawn me right in. It has murder, mystery, and a teenage girl who beli
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Stalker, by Joan Lowery Nixon, is a book about a courageous girl named Jennifer Wilcox. One late afternoon she comes home to some bad news. When she walked inside her house, her grandma told her that Stella Trax, her best friend's mother, has been murdered in her house. The thing was that wasn't the only bad news... The police think Bobbie, her best friend, was the one who murdered her. Jennifer knows it couldn't have been Bobbie so she did whatever she could to prove that and help her frien ...more
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Title: The Stalker

author: Joan Lowery Nixon

Series: N/A

Rating: ★★★★

Summary: When Jennifer Lee Wilcox returns home from the beach, she finds that Stella Trax, her best friend's mother, has just been murdered. The police think Stella's daughter, Bobbie, did it. Jennifer sets out to prove Bobbie's innocence, but as she uncovers clues, she realizes she's only leading herself to danger!

Review: This stalker's scary. Definitely scary.

Things I Loved: There's the mystery I wanted! After reading A Deadly
Cindy Ng
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 8th-grade
It was about Jennifer solving a mystery about who killed her friend`s mother. Jennifer`s friend is Boobie whom the police thinks that she killed her own mother. Jennifer knows she did not so she goes on a investigation with a retired police named Lucas. They find people and ask question, everytime they did they got closer. What they didn`t know was that someone was stalking them the whole time so they don`t get to close on the guy.In, the end Jennifer found who killed Bobbie`s mother but almost ...more
About the characters: Lowery did a good job keeping consistency with the characters personality, flaws and strong suits, but for the protagonist, there wasn't much development.

Protagonist Jennifer Lee Wilcox is racing to solve the murder of her best friend's mother while handling her impatient urge to rush procedure and sprint to the finish. She doesn't overcome her quirk at all, though it hints that she will learn to do so. I wish there was more to her character and some resolution to her boyf
"The Stalker" by Joan Lowery Nixon was a good book. It was really short and didn't take long to finish but I really like short mystery books because you get to find out what happens at the end quickly,this book wasn't my favorite book I've read but it was good because it kept you wondering if the main character Jennifer is going to be able to help her friend Bobbie get out of jail, because she was charged with being guilty of murdering her mother. So, it was a pretty good book for being so short ...more
This book was also pretty creepy. It was about this girl who had a friend who's mother was murdered. People said that it was her friend (the main character's friend) so of course the main character couldn't believe that it was true and set out prove everyone wrong but in doing so she found out stuff i would say she probably really wouldn't want to know. I thought that when i first read the blurb i wanted to read it soo bad because i love mystery type books so it was very eye catching so i think ...more
Nicole Svare
Oct 06, 2011 rated it liked it
This story was about a girls compassion and loyalty for her friend. She refused to believe that her best friend, Stacy, had committed the crime of murdering her mother. I really liked that there were a few pages at the beginning of each chapter, That were from the viewpoint of the murderer. Seeing it from his point of view really made it seem creepy. "Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum" is what he would say, most of the time. I found that funny, and imagined him singing it. I would recommend this book ...more
Kelsey F
Sep 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
I love t read mysteries and I think this book may be my favorite mystery book yet.When Jennifers friend Bobbi finds herself blamed for the murder of Stella her mother Jennifer knows she didn't do it. She tries to hire a private eye but doesn't have enough money for one. She finds herself asking a ex police officer to jion her and help her crack the case.Those of you who like mysteries this is a book you have got to try.It's worth the time and you'll never guess who did it.I love this book.
Matt Kelly
Apr 19, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is about a girl named Jennifer who's best friend named Bobbie was arrested for allegedly killing her mother but Jennifer thinks that she is innocent and has gotten a private investigator to help her and is determined to prove Bobbies innocence. After she had proved that Bobbie didn't kill her mother she realized that Bobbie was in on a credit card scam and now Bobbie will have to stay in jail.
Nov 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like mysteries
Recommended to Stephy by: no one
This book is about a girl who's best friend is accused of strangling hermther to death and she is determined to find out who the real murder was. On her way she runs into a bunch of people and a stalker who won't revel himself and tries to get rid of her. The endong was pretty suprising but if I told you that'd be spoiling and I hate doing that =]
Sarah Tilatitsky
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorie-books
OH.MY.GAWD. I can't even EXPLAIN how good this book is. Where to start? hahaha. Umm...the way Nixon wrote it is sssoooo aamaazing and you just HAVE to read on and finish the book. It is so aamaazing. Yall HAVE TO HAVE TO HAVE TO read it. I'm so serious. It is SUCH an aamaazing book!!!
Feb 16, 2014 added it
Shelves: young_adult
High school graduation and then marriage seemed to be the first things on Jennifer's mind. This changes with Bobbie, her best friend, is taken to jail accused of killing her own mother. She teams up with a retired police officer, Lucas Maldonaldo, to try and prove the innocence of her best friend.
Arya Stark
Apr 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Loved this book
Sep 29, 2010 rated it liked it
This book was okay, but somewhat predictable.
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