According to Plan by Erica Damon

Published: November 9, 2022

Erica Damon

Pages: 280

Genre: Thriller

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Erica Damon is a writer, equestrian, and artist living in Western Massachusetts. She calls herself compulsively creative, and that has led to a collection of ‘what ifs?’ in her back pocket. A self-directed degree from UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College furthered her exploration outside of the ordinary. That same sense of wonder weaves its way into her fiction. If she’s not writing, she’s likely out riding horses while the ideas swirl in the background.

Every woman has encountered that guy…
…the one who won’t take no for an answer.
Laura’s assistant Jared is obsessed with her, and after being fired he uses his newly free time to learn her routines. No matter how she says no, his advances keep getting bolder.
Laura soon realizes that the women she thought were friends are actually team Jared—he’s funny and likable while Laura is reserved. Of course they don’t believe that he is stalking her, and without a tangible threat, the police can’t help either.
Now, she has an elaborate plan to fake her death. When everything goes wrong, she finds herself lost in the forest, and her notes tell people not to look for her. But one person is looking for her. Jared’s formed a plan of his own and he is hunting her—to prove they were meant to be. By any means necessary.

“You can do this.”

Laura lives a routine life. Not exciting, but she’s going through the motions. When she hires a new assistant, she has high hopes that he will be a benefit to her work. Until he asks her out. And refuses to accept No as an answer.

This was such a scary book. The central theme is something that so many women have to deal with daily, and it is presented so powerfully here.

I loved Laura. You feel her fear, insecurity, self-doubt, and desperation. But you also feel her strength and determination. Jared was a terrifying character. Like most mediocre men, he has an inflated ego and feels better and more intelligent than everyone else.

The cat and mouse game was intense and so disturbing. The way the story unfolded was poetically traumatizing, but an accurate depiction of what infatuation can look like.

I devoured this story, unable to look away from the terror as it played across the page. This was beautifully written and so empowering. I love that Laura found herself and her strength when she needed to the most.

This was a powerful book, written in alternating perspectives, and it will captivate you from start to finish.

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