Book Review: “I Am Watching You” by Teresa Driscoll

Title: I Am Watchinig You
Author: Teresa Driscoll
Genre:
Thriller
Date Read: 01/11/2017 – 02/11/2017
Rating: ★★★★

Review:

This was not a good choice of book to read when I had a final paper to write! I started reading it on my phone when I had 20 minutes or so to kill while waiting for a friend, and then ended up reading the whole thing in a couple of days because I got so drawn in. I’m writing this review while it’s still fresh in my mind, thus further delaying the writing of the essay.

I have a bit of a fascination with missing persons stories. I have not known anyone who went missing for more than a few hours, but the thought of not knowing what happened to a loved one, and possibly never knowing, makese my stomach churn. So obviously I read lots of books about it and evoke that feeling in myself. That seems sensible.

This book looks at the case of missing girl, Anna Bollard, from four different perspectives. There’s her father, who has his own secrets; the friend who should have been looking out for her, who has not been entirely forthcoming about what happened that night; the witness who feels she could have prevented everything; and the private investigator hired on a related matter who has just become a father and is only now beginning to understand how a missing child can affect the parents. I felt these four characters were all quite well-developed, even if I didn’t necessarily like all of them.

Some of the characters held attitudes that I really didn’t agree with, and while I reminded myself that characters can believe certain things without that being a reflection of the author’s beliefs, these attitudes weren’t really challenged within the text,  so it sort of felt like the author was supporting them. And there was a husband that really gave me an off vibe; he was suppoesdly protective but to me it seemed overly controlling, so that bothered me, too.

The mystery itself had a number of red herrings, and I wasn’t sure that there were quite enough clues as to the actual villain’s identity throughout. It felt a bit out of the blue when it was revealed at about the 85% mark. Still, as I said, this book had me completely engaged, so I definitely recommend for any fans of the thriller genre.


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