New York Times best-selling author Michael Robotham brings us face-to-face with a manipulative psychopath who has destroyed countless lives and is about to claim one final victim.
Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head.
She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.
O'Loughlin is concerned by Marnie's reluctance to talk about the past and anxious to uncover what Marnie is withholding that could help with her treatment. The breakthrough in Marnie's therapy and Daniel's disappearance arrives when Marnie shares with O'Loughlin her discovery of the Big Red Book, a collage of pictures, interviews, and anecdotes from Marnie's friends and relatives that Daniel had been compiling as part of a surprise birthday gift.
Daniel's explorations into Marnie's past led him to a shocking revelation on the eve of his disappearance: Anyone who has ever gotten close to Marnie has paid an exacting price. A cold-blooded killer is eliminating the people in Marnie's life, and now that O'Laughlin is a part of it, he is next in line.
©2013 Michael Robotham (P)2014 Hachette Audio
I'm not sure. I've enjoyed the previous entries, but I had some issues with this one. Credibility was strained to the breaking point and beyond, in my opinion. Joe is less real in this installment. I think he really needs the backdrop of his family to be a fully fleshed out character.
The mystery wasn't bad, but it was fairly predictable. These series novels work when each book gives us more insight into the detectives. I felt like I learned nothing new about Joe or Vincent.
The very, very end.
I'd like to see a return to a more realistic storyline. I'd also like to see Joe clear up the mess in his personal life. More about his relationship with Vincent and how Mr. Parkinson is affecting his life.
All I can say as it was the best I've ever listened to on my ipod!
If there were a page to turn, it would've been turned! Enjoyed it thoroughly.
Try it, you'll like it!
What a great read!! This book has everything a person could want in a thriller. There are plenty of twists and turns. The characters are so interesting and well developed. I'm a big fan of the Joe O'Loughlin series and this is the best yet. The narrator is excellent with all the voices and accents.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
The mystery/thriller genre can be fairly forgiving as long as the characters have dimension and the plot is suspenseful with twists that play fair with readers willing to suspend disbelief. “Watching You” does pretty well with the plot end of the bargain, but not so well with the characters.
On the positive side, there is plenty of suspense, the solution to the mystery not being obvious. In the interest of no spoilers, I can’t say much about the plot points, but thought and creativity have been put into the story structure. Don’t assume that your first impressions will hold up to the end. I like a story that can surprise me.
Oddly, in spite of the suspense I felt more curiosity than urgency about solving the mystery. Perhaps because this is my first outing with the O’Laughlin series I have missed the character build-up of Joe and Ruiz, who were not well defined. Regarding Joe, for a psychologist concerned about sharing confidential patient information, he sure spilled it out easily enough to Ruiz. And I found his Parkinson’s disease to be a gimmick that added nothing to who he is or to this story. As for the rest of the cast, often personality felt more governed by plot needs than by realistic responses.
So bottom line, this was a credible mystery with twists that were interesting if not edge-of-my-seat compelling. I just felt the characters were kept too far at a distance to get my adrenaline running for them.
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
It didn't take long for me to become totally immersed in this mystery. And what a mystery it is! About half way into the book, a light bulb went on and I thought I had it figured out. How wrong I was, as there are twists and turns that are totally unexpected. This is a really good story that keeps you holding your breath til the end.
Sean Barrett's narration was amazing. It was truly a performance that I will long remember and it added greatly to the enjoyability of the story. Barrett did all the characters so well and had such a variety of voices and accents. His interpretation of one particular character certainly added immensely to the creepiness factor which made the experience such fun for me.
Collateral characters,while not as well described and developed, were also believable and interesting. This is a series and I think Watching You is the last one that was released. While it was a stand alone story, I imagine you might feel more at home with having previous experience with Joe O'Loughlin, the criminal psychologist. Still, despite entering the series in this later book, I found it thoroughly enjoyable and I highly recommend it.
(I have not described the story as Audible gives a good summary, certainly enough for you to decide if the plot interests you.)
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This is the real thing, folks. Intriguing mystery, creepy narration, cinematic writing and unflinching storytelling that brings characters into your lives you'll actually care about. Download with abandon and get ready for a genuine earbender.
This book has mystery, suspense, great plot, and characters that are sure to become your friends on pages (that is what I call them). Love this author.
I WOULD THINK SO ONLY BECAUSE THE NARRATION ADDED SO MUCH TO ITS INTERPRETATION
AT THE END WHEN HER ALTER EGO TOOK OVER.
I LOVE THIS GUY, AND HIS DELIVERANCE OF THE HUMOR AS WELL AS THE SICK DISTORTED PERSONALITIES
IS IT HER OR IS IT HIM.....
i STUMBLE UPON THIS AUTHOR, I LOVE HIS WORK I COULD NOT STOP LISTENING IT IS UNUSUAL TO FIND EVERY BOOK IN A SERIES TO BE AS EQUALLY SUSPENSEFUL AS THE JOE O'LOUGHLIN SERIES KUDOS MR. ROBOTHAM!!
Great narration, but the female victim/stalker/kidnapper theme in this series is a bit too repetitive. The attempt at a twist in the tale is way too predictable. That said, still worth a listen.
I've tried others by Michael Robotham but they were weak by comparison. This one is the best. What a fantastic narrator for such a creepy story. Really kept me interested. I only wish other Robotham books were as good.
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