11 July 2013

Review: WATCHING YOU, Michael Robotham

Synopsis (author site)

Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched. Nothing she can quite put her finger on - a whisper of breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye - and now her life is frozen.
Her husband Daniel has been missing for more than a year. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.
Joe is concerned by Marnie's reluctance to talk about the past, but then she discovers a book packed with pictures, interviews with friends, former teachers, old flames and workmates Daniel was preparing for her birthday. It was supposed to be a celebration of her life. But it's not the story anyone was expecting...

My Take

Another terrific read from Michael Robotham. There are bits of the plot that strain credibility but, balanced against the superb writing, they hardly matter. Rather they serve to make the reader question whether something like that could happen.

The structure of the story is interesting - two main stories unfolding side by side. I find as I write that I can't really talk too much about the book without plot spoilers. You'll have to take my word for it that I found WATCHING YOU a very satisfying read. Read the first chapter here.

Followers of Robotham will welcome the furtherance of the Joe O'Loughlin / Vincent Ruiz story, and I for one want the next story NOW.

My rating: 5.0

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pattinase (abbott) said...

Only one to let me down was SAY YOU'RE SORRY.

Katherine Howell said...

I loved this too, Kerrie! For me it's right up there with Shatter.


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