I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll
Publisher: Thomas and Mercer
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Ella Longfield's on a train when she spies some men boarding. It's their generic black backpacks that draw her attention. When she hears them chatting up some innocent young women who are heading into New York City to catch a show, she pays a little more attention. It's when the men say they've just been released from prison that they gain her full attention.
As a mom, Ella's instincts are to find out who the girls are and tell their parents. She's just not sure how to find their identities. When she overhears one of the girls having sex with one of the guys in the train's bathroom, she realizes they may not be the innocents she thought they were and ends up never saying a thing.
A day later, Ella sees one of the girl's pictures on the news. Anna Ballard vanished overnight. Ella tells police everything she saw, but there's no trace.
A year passes. Ella's getting threatening postcards in the mail. Anna's still never been found, and police hope an anniversary story may be what it takes to uncover new clues. With Ella's threats and discoveries of secrets that others have been keeping, the truth may soon unravel.
Strengths and Weaknesses
I'm a fan of psychological suspense/thriller novels, so it's not surprising that I Am Watching You grabbed my attention. The story is told through multiple viewpoints. You have Ella who regrets her actions and is scared for her family's safety. You have the detectives and a PI who are trying to solve the case. You have Anna's best friend, who is hiding something. There's a secret watcher. There's also Anna's dad, who is also hiding something. Keeping up with the characters is easier than it may seem at first. Every chapter makes it clear who's telling the story.
Now, the secret watcher's chapters bored me. I didn't find they did much in terms of building suspense. I ended up rushing them because I preferred Ella.
My issue with the book became the ending. When the truth is revealed, I found myself thinking that was a little too quick and easy considering the police took over a year to get to that point. How could they not have looked at that angle from the start?
RTR's Bottom Line
I Am Watching You is an okay read. It ended up being enjoyable for what it was, but it wasn't a book I'd want for my keeper shelf. It ends up being the kind of book I'd like if I'd found it at a book sale, but if I paid full price, I know I'd fell a bit disappointed.