Delighted to be taking my turn today on the blog tour for The Bellhop Only Stalks Once by Cat Hickey. Thanks for Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for my place on the tour and to the author for my digital copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.
Lies, secrets, and a sinister plot hide in broad daylight at the heart of the Club Pacifica.
A beautiful tropical resort, exciting new friends, and a handsome guest liaison – it’s the perfect getaway for Chloe, a free-spirited Baltimore girl just getting to know herself. But the vacation of a lifetime quickly takes a dark turn when a young, overly flirty bellhop starts following her everywhere. It gets even worse when he disappears, and Chloe is the sole witness.
As bellhop after bellhop goes missing, she struggles to figure out what’s happening. When suspicion falls upon her, Chloe must not only try to rescue the kidnapped bellhops, but also to clear her name.
Complicating things further is the relationship she forms with Mateo, Club Pacifica’s guest liaison. Charming and easygoing, he is everything that her fiancé at home is not, and she finds herself fighting a growing attraction to him. But can he be trusted?
She soon discovers that she’s landed herself in a world of secrets, and, worse, that these are not just those of others, but also the secrets she keeps from herself.
Can she find her way through all the lies to finally discover the truth before it’s too late?
Okay, so this book has THE most bizarre plot I think I have ever come across in a novel. It is a mystery story, but to say ‘with a difference’ does not really do justice to just how different this story is. I can honestly say, I have never read anything quite like it and I am still trying to work out where to file it away amidst my past reading experiences and how on earth the author came up with it.
I was really drawn to this book with its setting in a luxury beach resort in Costa Rica. This is a country that fascinates me and I am desperate to visit, and I always love a mystery book set in an exotic location, hence my addiction to Death in Paradise. I think this plot might be even too mad for them to use though! I did really enjoy the setting of the book, and Chloe’s escapades into the Costa Rican jungle, exploring volcanoes and other places of interest.
Chloe’s character is quite endearing, even if she is extremely slow on the uptake. Honestly, I could not believe she wasn’t more suspicious of a couple of the characters she met earlier on. The author left plenty of clues as to who might be behind the disappearances of the bellhops (although, you’ll NEVER get the why, I’ll eat my hat if you saw that coming before the end!) but she was slow on the uptake. Too distracted by the delectable Mateo and trying to pluck up courage to do what needs to be done with regards to Cooper I suppose, which is understandable. I really enjoyed the romantic element of the book.
This book is bizarre, but in a really fun way. I was strangely compelled all the way through to keep reading, even though I was just bemused by what was happening. It kept me intrigued, because I could not see at all where it was going. There are lots of twists and turns, and some really… unusual…. happenings, which will have you questioning your sanity, and possibly that of the author, but you should read it with your tongue firmly in cheek, which I suspect is how it was written. There were times where some of Chloe’s internal musings could have done with a bit of a trim, but all in all, it was a fun and original read.
Unique, amusing and entertaining, if you are looking for a book that is really out of the ordinary, maybe give this a go. You won’t have spent a couple of hours like this before!
The Bellhop Only Stalks Once is out now and you can buy your copy here.
Do please visit the rest of the blogs taking part in the tour for different perspectives on the book:
About the Author
Cat Hickey has a Master’s degree in Biology, and teaches Anatomy and Physiology at a university in Baltimore, MD, USA. She writes light-hearted mysteries and thrillers that are based, partly, on her extensive travels around the world. She is also an avid yogi who teaches aerial yoga and practices aerial circus arts, and spends the rest of her time with her four rescue animals, which consist of three cats and a horse.
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