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review 2017-09-25 05:05
Review: I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll
I Am Watching You - Teresa O'Driscoll

Published by: Thomas & Mercer (1st October  2017)

 

ISBN: 978-1542046596

 

Source: Author provided review copy

 

Rating: 5*

 

Synopsis: 

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls—beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard—has disappeared.

 

A year later, Anna is still missing. Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do, and she’s not the only one who can’t forget. Someone is sending her threatening letters—letters that make her fear for her life.

 

Then an anniversary appeal reveals that Anna’s friends and family might have something to hide. Anna’s best friend, Sarah, hasn’t been telling the whole truth about what really happened that night—and her parents have been keeping secrets of their own.

Someone knows where Anna is—and they’re not telling. But they are watching Ella.

 

Review:

Oh WOW! It's almost 4.30 in the morning and I've just finished reading I Am Watching You.  I've got no idea where the last few hours have gone - I've been utterly engrossed. Gripped. I'm in shock. What an ending! Teresa Driscoll you are a sorceress! 

 

Each character in this book is so integral in their own way, and they are all so brilliantly written. I could waffle on for ages about each of them, but that would make such a long (and boring) review...I'll just mention that I adore Ella, she's so beautifully written.

 

I really like how the story unfolds throughout the book, and how we learn more about each of the character's involvement. There are some real surprises along the way, the story is intelligently written and you just have to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next.

 

Hands down, I Am Watching You  is the best book I've read so far this year. It's utterly compelling. I urge all my fellow crime fans to read it!  Special thanks to Teresa Driscoll for providing the review copy. 

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review 2017-09-04 19:12
Don't Even Know Where to Start
I Am Watching You - Teresa O'Driscoll

I read this for "Free Space/Creepy Raven". "I am Watching You" by Teresa Driscoll which is a thriller/mystery. 

 

Eh where to begin. Besides the poorly developed characters, the switching from first to third person, and the slut shaming that was thrown in for good measure, I don't know what to think of this book. The initial premise intrigued me, too bad that Driscoll decided that instead of sticking with one character throughout which would have made the book stronger, she jumped around to four other characters. I started seeing shades of "The Girl on the Train" with this book and for those that read my review of that book, it's not a compliment.

 

I just ended up losing interest in everyone. I only kept reading to see if I was right about the villain in this one. I was off, but honestly, the author doesn't even lay out any clues for you to get this is the bad guy/girl (being vague on purpose). It comes out of left field and the wrap up is just ham-fisted. 

 

Ella (The Witness) is taking the train and noticed two young girls. She immediately decides she should keep an eye on them when two young men board the train and start talking to them. She eavesdrops and realizes the two men are fresh out of jail and the girls and the men end up talking and drinking together. She overhears the one girl's name (Anna) and is able to piece together that she lives on a farm. Ella is tempted to call Anna's parents or warn the girls for talking to these men. When she walks to get something and overhears one of the girl's having sex in the bathroom (Sarah) she gets upset that she thought they were nice girls and washes her hands of them. 

 

 

When Ella wakes the next day after getting blitzed she is afraid she may have done something like call the girls mothers. Turning on the TV she is floored to see a broadcast talking about one of the girl's she saw on the train.

 

Cue a year later.

 

Driscoll follows several people throughout the book. The chapters are titled "The Witness (Ella), The Father (Henry), The Friend (Sarah), The Investigator (Matthew) and Watching....no spoilers to who that is.

 

Honestly the whole book reads as repetitive as anything. Ella's sections are just her defending why she didn't get involved (she brings up Sarah having sex in the bathroom and her own son watching porn and reading magazines with a disapproving air) and then realizing she needs to get some help when she starts receiving mysterious postcards in the mail blaming her for Anna's disappearance. Matthew, is dealing with the fact he's about to become a new father and is still adjusting to his life after leaving the police force. Henry keeps going over the last thing Anna said to him. And Sarah is hiding a lot more than you would think about her home life. 

 

Driscoll chooses to tell Ella's sections in first person and the other sections except for the Watching sections in third person. It's hard to keep adjusting to the shift in narratives. Especially because each chapter is only a couple of pages long. I'm baffled that Driscoll just didn't stick with Ella. Maybe she didn't cause there's not a lot there. Ella is a florist, happily married, and has a son. Her focus on Anna would make sense if we got to see any semblance of the things that Driscoll describes after the fact.

 

Ella apparently got harassed when her name as a witness was released. People blamed her for not intervening. In the day of social media I can believe that something like this could have happened. It would have made sense if Driscoll showed that. Because a year later it seems most people have forgotten her except for Anna's family and the police.

 

The writing was so so. I realized after finishing this the main reason I got annoyed is that there is literally no clues to who the killer is and why. I think the main reason I loved "The Tokyo Zodiac Murders" is that the author makes sure that there are real clues for you to follow as a reader. You can solve the crime. The author throws out a twist that is ridiculous and you get no hint of who the killer is at all. Heck, I don't care for "The Girl on the Train" but at least the author left enough there for you to connect the dots.

 

The flow isn't great. The book has bright spots here and there. I liked Matthew and that was about it. I'm realizing now maybe him being the main character would have worked better. Heck Driscoll could have turned this into a series if she had him be the lead.

 

The ending was just the author trying to tie up loose ends. I honestly think there was a lot left to explain, but I was just glad to be done with this. At least I got it as a Kindle First pick for September.

 

 

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text 2017-09-04 18:39
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
I Am Watching You - Teresa O'Driscoll

No.

 

Ridiculous ending. 

 

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text 2017-09-04 15:17
Reading progress update: I've read 75%.
I Am Watching You - Teresa O'Driscoll

Well at least this book isn't long.

 

We get another POV called "Watching" whatever to him. I'm of two minds about the guilty party and also realize I don't care. Driscoll doesn't do a great job setting any of these people up in this book. We just skip whole swatches of information til later chapters and it's maddening. The only interesting character in this book is the investigator named Matthew. Maybe if the book took more care to tell his POV more, I would like this book better. 

 

I have a handyman here hanging pictures, changing toilet seats, and painting a baseboard so will log off to a while to attend to that. Also hoping to go for a hike after he leaves. I need some outdoor time.

 

FYI this book is not good.

 

 

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text 2017-09-04 13:17
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
I Am Watching You - Teresa O'Driscoll

Eh I fell asleep last night at this point due to boredom. 

 

Boy this book is a mess. There's another POV now (The Investigator) and The Witness chapters are in first person and the other chapters are in third person. Why do authors do this?

 

Honestly this is not that interesting. The book isn't doing a great job of making me care about Anna (the missing girl) or her family at all. I am guessing affair for the father cause I've read a book before. The sister seems to be a hot mess and so is the mother. 

 

The investigator chapters hint at a man (his name is Matthew) who is a former policeman who is hiding why he really left the force.

 

Quick aside, everyone is hiding something in this book. I just don't care what any of them are are hiding. 

 

And the whole she has a drinking problem thing that the witness was hinting at has disappeared. The witness's name is Ella and she seems totally oblivious to how teenagers act. Her disgust at the girls she witnessed on the train, not being "nice" girls shows she's just a judgemental ass. I still don't believe that everyone would be blaming her for not stopping two girls from talking to two random men on the train.

 

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