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Retro Reads: I Am Watching You

So my husband made a great suggestion as I wait to start the new year and it sounded kind of fun. I am going to post some “retro reads” aka books I have read and enjoyed or disliked from my reading selections this past year. I have read a bunch of different types of books and some were amazing and others were not at all. The book I Am Watching You was one of those Goodreads/Amazon book deals that I just could not pass up.  It was a thriller/murder mystery and it kept me on the edge of my seat!


Author: Teresa Driscoll    # of pages: 302

Star Rating: 5 out 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: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.

My review: Wow, just wow. Each chapter of the book is being told by a different person. The witness, the father, the friend, the private investigator, and the watcher. Each add their own perspective to the story and with each chapter you get a little more information about what happened to Anna. The book starts off with the witness on a train and seeing these two girls flirting with two men who recently got out of jail. The witness has this internal struggle about if she should try and find out who their parents are so that she can snitch on them or to just mind her business. She ends up staying quiet only to find out that one of the girls went missing. The book flashes forward to the 1 year anniversary of the abduction, and that is when the story really picks up.

Each of the narrators have a different secret that they are hiding about what really happened the night Anna disappeared. For example, the best friend lied about what happened that night with Anna (the victim) and the Father as lied about being home the night Anna went missing. Each chapter slowly reveals the true story of what happened that night when poor Anna went missing.

What was the most striking to me was the reveal of who the killer actually was! I won’t spoil it, but I was truly surprised! Normally I can figure these things out pretty easily but this book really stumped me. Just when you think you have a piece of the puzzle solved you get another clue pointing at a different direction. The most heart wrenching part is when you finally find out who the killer actually was. The book allows Anna one chapter where she tells what happened to her and how. My heart broke for her as I read her final thoughts.

I really loved this book, and how it was done. I will definitely be reading more books by this author!!



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