January 29, 2018

Book Review: I am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll


I am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

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.

The beginning of this novel genuinely led me to some soul-searching.  What would I do if I saw something that wasn't quite right or some scene that gave me a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach?  Would I say something?  Or just mind my own business?  I've seen some interactions which prompted me to speak up and ask, "Are you okay?" and others where I've kept mum. Some of those opportunities have haunted me and I've beat myself up about it, thinking what if something terrible had happened afterwards and I could have prevented it? 

This is the fraught situation that faces Ella - and she decides to say nothing.  Could she have prevented the tragedy that soon followed? But first, the plot weaves in and out of secrets. It turns out everyone connected has them and as the narrative progresses I was constantly kept on my toes about who might have been responsible for Anna's disappearance and why. To Driscoll's credit - I did not guess until her big reveal.  In the meanwhile, I just kept turning the pages with bated breath. 

2 comments:

  1. Wow, so I like that you didn't figure out the mystery. This sounds very good. I'm adding it to my TBR list. Thanks for the review!

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  2. I'm glad that you liked it because I downloaded this one on audible. My first time here buy not my last! Have a great week.

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