Book review: Who is Shayla Hacker?

Who is Shayla Hacker?
Written by Evan Kilgore
Published by Bleak House Books
ISBN: 9781932557306

Review by Lauren Lapinski

How far would you be willing to go to find someone you may or may not remember from your past? Would you be willing to go so far that the search turns into an obsession with law enforcement at almost every turn you make, accusing you of crimes you didn’t commit? This seems to be the case with the characters in Who is Shayla Hacker?; five different characters, five different points of view and one question plaguing them all throughout the story. The writing style itself flowed very well and made for an easy read, but some of the things the main characters did seemed somewhat unrealistic to the point where I wanted to smack a few of them upside the head and ask what the hell were they thinking.

One thing I noticed while reading the book is that the story is about more than just about a search for a woman that little to no one seems to know, it dealt with obsessions in general and how they could interfere and possibly destroy a person’s life, be it personal or otherwise. It also takes several chapters into the story before either the character or the reader starts to get any answers on whom the mysterious woman is that they’re searching for.

If you’re someone who is searching for an action a minute mystery thriller with twists at every turn, this isn’t it. The pacing of this is very slow and would considered to be more of an intellectual mystery than anything you might find in the usual crime mystery novels.