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The Stalker


The Stalker by Marina Martindale

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Book trailers, like movie trailers, are a preview of coming attractions. They give you a sense of what the book is about without revealing the plot. So, grab yourself a bowl of popcorn, and enjoy.  I also want to thank Rob Resetar for his help with the production.


Rachel Bennett turned onto a quiet side street and drove up a steep hill. Desert landscaping lined both sides of the roadway, and a sign with an arrow pointing to the right soon appeared. She pressed down on the brake pedal making a sharp turn onto another road. The hotel, with its three signature arches, stood at the top of the hill. Moments later she pulled underneath one of the archways, and as she rolled down her window, a muscular young man walked up to her car and greeted her with a warm smile.

"Welcome to the La Paloma," he said. "Are you here for the Desert Sunrise High School reunion?"

"Yes, I am."

He opened the car door and Rachel stepped out. The warm breeze felt soothing. She reached for her purse and the man handed her a claim ticket.

"Go in through the main door and veer to your right. Head down the hallway, and it'll be in the third room on your right."

"Thanks." Rachel dropped the ticket into her purse and as she slung it over her shoulder, she turned and looked behind her.

"Is there anything else I can do for you?" he asked.

"No, I'm fine. Thanks."

Rachel took a deep breath and stepped inside. Walking down the hallway, she saw a number of people milling around. Some looked vaguely familiar, and a few smiled and nodded as she walked past. She smiled in return as she tried to ignore the butterflies roiling in her stomach. Two women sat at a table in front an open pair of double doors. One looked up and gave her a friendly greeting.

"Rachel? Rachel Bennett?"

"Yes." Her voice sounded anxious. Hopefully, the women hadn't noticed. "And it's still Bennett, by the way."

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