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Watching You | [Michael Robotham]

Watching You

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 08-29-14
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 08-29-14 Member Since 2008

    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

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    "Take Care and Don't Mess With Marnie!"

    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.)

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 06-29-14
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 06-29-14 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Something missing"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lois Wausau, WI USA 04-19-15
    Lois Wausau, WI USA 04-19-15 Member Since 2010

    Lois

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    "Held My Interest..."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mindusq san francisco 12-28-14
    mindusq san francisco 12-28-14 Member Since 2008

    Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.

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    "File under ooh la la!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pita Miami 09-04-14
    Pita Miami 09-04-14 Member Since 2013

    Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books

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    "A wonderful discovery; great writing"
    What made the experience of listening to Watching You the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked the psychologist who appears in the series. The character radiates humanity. Joe is a very well conceived character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of the last scenes in the book, when Marnie reads a statement in the courtroom, was very satisfying. I felt her "vindication".


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I tried but life interfered.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen United States 06-29-14
    Karen United States 06-29-14 Member Since 2011

    BigZ's Mom

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    "The Series is Faltering"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very, very end.


    Do you think Watching You needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    susan 06-13-14
    susan 06-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "best book I've listened to so far"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Watching You to be better than the print version?

    All I can say as it was the best I've ever listened to on my ipod!


    What did you like best about this story?

    If there were a page to turn, it would've been turned! Enjoyed it thoroughly.


    Any additional comments?

    Try it, you'll like it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lyl nashville, tn, United States 03-29-14
    lyl nashville, tn, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Love this series"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Austin, TX 08-22-15
    Kevin Austin, TX 08-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The best Robotham novel"

    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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    Depp 08-11-15
    Depp 08-11-15
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    "Fantastic book with equal performance"

    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 !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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