What would it take to make you intervene?
When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls—beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard—has disappeared.
A year later, Anna is still missing. Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do, and she’s not the only one who can’t forget. Someone is sending her threatening letters—letters that make her fear for her life.
Then an anniversary appeal reveals that Anna’s friends and family might have something to hide. Anna’s best friend, Sarah, hasn’t been telling the whole truth about what really happened that night—and her parents have been keeping secrets of their own.
Someone knows where Anna is—and they’re not telling. But they are watching Ella.
I have read a few books by this author and this is her first venture into the darker side of fiction. I have to admit I think it’s quite a brave step veering away from a genre they are known and loved for, but as my favourite genre is crime/thrillers I was thrilled that the author had taken a step in this direction and she has shown just how talented she is.
The story flicks between different characters so that we are given different points of view to how each person is affected by the disappearance of Anna. No one knows what has happened to her and her family are understandably distraught.
Ella I was really drawn to. The fact she has been getting threatening mail really intrigued me and I wanted to know who was sending them to her and why.
The story is very much one of suspense. I was totally clueless to Anna’s disappearance and what could have happened to her and I have to say that until everything was revealed in front of me, I just would never have worked it out. The author did well in leading me into different directions so that my suspicions kept getting aimed at different people only to be totally wrong.
I Am Watching is a dark and tense read that had me hooked and had me keep turning those pages. It is full of suspense and red herrings that will keep the reader on their toes and leads you to a satisfying conclusion. I very much enjoyed the authors venture into the dark side and I really hope the author will be bringing more out in this genre.
My thanks to the author for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
I Am Watching is available to purchase from Amazon.