Title: Watching You
Author: Michael Robotham
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Genre: Crime Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Marnie Logan’s husband, Daniel, vanished a year ago, and she’s having trouble making ends meet. Daniel left behind a large gambling debt, and it falls upon Marnie to pay it off since he has disappeared. As she grows increasingly desperate, she turns to Joe O’Loughlin, her psychologist, to help her get through these troubled times. O’Loughlin turns to his friend, Vincent Ruiz, an ex-cop, to help her find out what may have happened to Daniel, but in his investigation, Ruiz uncovers troubling things about Marnie’s past that may be coming back to haunt her.
A suspenseful mix of mystery and psychological thriller, Watching You features characters with emotional depth and a plot that takes the reader through false starts, twists, and turns, keeping the reader guessing from beginning to end.
Watching You is another novel in the Joe O’Loughlin series, a grouping of books that just gets better with each installment. What’s best about them, though, is how easy they are to pick up. I myself came into this series a few books ago, rather than at the very beginning. You absolutely do not have to read every book to understand what’s happening or to sympathize with these characters. Though Joe O’Loughlin is the person the series is centered around, Robotham makes sure a reader new to his books can pick up this novel and fully understand and appreciate the plot, characters, and overarching mystery.
For those who have read previous Joe O’ Loughlin novels, though, Watching You is a real treat. Robotham approaches each of these novels differently; sometimes O’Loughlin is the main character. Other times, as is the case with Watching You, the psychologist is standing on the sidelines, helping out where he can. Marnie is at the center of this novel, and she’s a great character. She’s pretty desperate, and readers will sympathize with her as she does extreme things to provide for her family. As the novel progresses and new revelations come to the surface about Marnie, though, the reader begins wondering if they’ve been led astray by her narration, if she is the proverbial unreliable narrator. With unceasing twists and turns, Robotham’s plot makes for great questions and his answers are always satisfying.
If you’re looking for a suspenseful and chilling read, Watching You should absolutely be the next book on your list. Every one of Michael Robotham’s Joe O’Loughlin novels are excellent; this is no exception. Well-plotted and fast-paced, this is a book you should be ready to stay up late reading.
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