ARC Review: The Obsession by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Posted January 30, 2021 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 7 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review:  The Obsession by Jesse Q. SutantoThe Obsession by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on February 2, 2021
Genres: YA Contemporary Thriller
Pages: 304
Source: the publisher
Format: ARC
My Rating: five-stars
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A classic sort of love story… except somebody might wind up dead.

Nobody knows Delilah like Logan does. Nobody. He makes sure of it by learning everything he can through her social media and watching her through a hidden camera he has trained on her house. Some might call him a stalker. Logan prefers to be called “romantic.”

But after Logan sees Delilah killing her abusive stepfather, he realizes there’s still more about her to discover. His sweet, perfect Delilah isn’t so perfect after all.

Delilah knows she should feel guilty, but all she feels is free. She’s so over the men in her life controlling her. Except Logan saw what she did, and he won’t let her forget it. 

Delilah is done being the victim. And she refuses to be a character in Logan’s twisted fantasy. If Logan won’t let her go… she’ll make him.

My Review:

I just have to say wow at how dark and different this story was! I had an idea about that just from the synopsis, but then things took an even darker turn a little before three-quarters of the way through. Something that while I’d been rooting for Delilah made me feel a little differently about her. I can’t really say what that was, because I don’t want to ruin the surprise for you when you read it. Yeah, it made me not as sure about her as I had been, but still, it added a lot to the story. It really added that extra something that made this a 5 star read in my mind because it was a whole other layer that made what had seemed a clear cut story of good and bad become maybe a bit more.

The obsession bit with Logan was definitely very creepy and well done. From the very beginning we were left wondering exactly what had happened with the other girl that he mentioned a lot. Not only that, between the revelation I mentioned above and other hints and clues dropped like breadcrumbs throughout the story by the author, my mind was racing with all the possibilities of just how much of an unreliable narrator he was even more than it seemed.

This was an amazing story by a debut author, and I am definitely interested in reading more in the future! Highly recommend this one for all the twists and turns and even for that unsettling darkness it brings.

About the Author:

Jesse Q Sutanto grew up shuttling back and forth between Jakarta and Singapore and sees both cities as her homes. She has a Masters degree from Oxford University, though she has yet to figure out a way of saying that without sounding obnoxious. She is currently living back in Jakarta on the same street as her parents and about seven hundred meddlesome aunties. When she’s not tearing out her hair over her latest WIP, she spends her time baking and playing FPS games. Oh, and also being a mom to her two kids.

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7 responses to “ARC Review: The Obsession by Jesse Q. Sutanto

  1. You made me very curious about this title.

    It definitely sounds dark and disturbing, but so different from other books that feature a stalker. Delilah is definitely no pushover. I can’t wait to get a copy to see what happens to the both of them.

    • Lisa Mandina

      That’s so cool! It was a very good one, definitely adding it to my school library. Thanks for stopping by!

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