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
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
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.)
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.
I enjoy the books of Michael Robotham; well-written with good character development. This one really held my interest, although I found it a bit over the top. Regardless, I've recently had problems finding a good read so this came along at an opportune time. I will continue to read this author.
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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.
Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books
I discovered this writer through reading the reviews of an Audible listener. Michael Robotham is an excellent writer. I really enjoyed listening to the rhythm of his words. The plot was tight, without gaps; he managed to make some of the more unusual aspects of the plot believable.
I really liked the psychologist who appears in the series. The character radiates humanity. Joe is a very well conceived character.
One of the last scenes in the book, when Marnie reads a statement in the courtroom, was very satisfying. I felt her "vindication".
Yes. I tried but life interfered.
If you enjoy a tightly weaved, thrilling detective story with well developed characters and plenty of twists and turns, this is the book for you. The characters are very original. The writing is way above average in quality. I believe this is the second book in the series...I am going to read the first next and take it from there. I wish I would have discovered Robotham sooner.
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!
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'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.
This is my first audio book . I wasn't sure if I am going to like the concept of an audio book , but this book changed my doubts ! It has a gripping story and it also has excellent voice over . Michael Robotham has built the characters nicely. The story is well paced and well written. I didn't feel anywhere bored . Also it doesn't leave behind any open ends . Big kudos to the reader as his changes in voice pitch makes characters alive . Overall very good experience. Thanks Audible !
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