Sunday, 5 July 2015

Book Review - Are You Watching Me? by Sinead Crowley

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Title: Are You Watching Me
Author: Sinead Crowley
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Quercus
Publication Date: 2nd July 2015
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Dear Elizabeth, 

I've been watching you. 

I hope to see you... 


Liz Cafferky is on the up. Rescued from her dark past by the owner of a drop-in centre for older men, Liz soon finds herself as the charity's face - and the unwilling darling of the Dublin media. 

Amidst her claustrophobic fame, Liz barely notices a letter from a new fan. But then one of the centre's clients is brutally murdered, and Elizabeth receives another, more sinister note. 

Running from her own ghosts, Liz is too scared to go to the police. And with no leads, there is little Sergeant Claire Boyle can do to protect her.

Sergeant Claire Boyle is a new mum to daughter Anna, and has just returned to work when a gruesome murder case lands on her work pile. She and partner Flynn need to try to solve it before others get hurt.

Liz Cafferky is working for a men's charity, has secrets in her past, and is now starting to get threatening letters. However as she doesn't keep the evidence it doesn't help Claire protect her. And the charity she works for is linked to the murder. 

I found Are You Watching Me to be an interesting thriller, with plenty of plot twists. I loved the chapters written from the letter writers point of view, as they gave a fascinating interest into his past, and psyche. Always good to know what  a potential stalker could be thinking. 

There were a few shocks, and I definitely didn't guess at the outcome, which is always good for a thriller. I would definitely like to read any future books featuring Sergeant Clare, and the picture given of her home life away from work were really enjoyable to read. I loved baby Anna, even though she was too young to really be a part of anything, but she clearly has devoted and loving parents. 

The murders weren't overly gruesome, nor particularly terrifying, and the overall villain although someone I clearly didn't like, I just didn't hate either. Are You Watching Me, seems to be missing the grit, and grippiness that others of its genre have, but I still liked the book regardless. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Quercus for my review copy. This was my honest review. 

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