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Just Watch Me [Paperback]

Peter Grimsdale
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27 May 2010

When Dan Carter is forced to miss a much-needed family holiday, his wife and children go ahead without him. Within hours, their plane has disappeared over the Atlantic and his life is changed for ever.

Stricken by grief, Dan goes in search of answers. Was this simply a terrible tragedy or something more sinister - something personal? For the Carters are not a normal family. Perhaps they never were...

Shadows from the past gather around him as Dan edges closer to the truth, and a chilling conspiracy threatens to engulf him. But in a world where nothing is as it seems, who can he really trust...?

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (27 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752894196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752894195
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,348,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up in Sheffield, which has yet to feature in any of my books, but Worthing, where I spent early childhood holidays and sometimes go to write, has a starring role in Just Watch Me. I joined the BBC and worked on the Holiday Programme and Crimewatch, but it was a filming trip to Sri Lanka and the detailed diary of my time there that inspired Perfect Night. I moved on to Channel 4 where I commissioned Big Brother 3 which gave the world Jade Goody, but my all time favourite credit from there will always be The Adam & Joe Show - still winning awards in its radio form. My interest in thrillers comes mostly from films: The Day of the Jackal, Three Days of the Condor, Body Heat, The Spanish Prisoner and reading Graham Greene's The Quiet American and Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household. But it was galvanised by a filming assignment in Iron Curtain era Albania where I posed as a tourist to get pictures for a film about the doomed Anglo-US attempt to overthrow communism. I still work in TV and have just finished series with Jonathan Dimbleby in Africa and South America for BBC 2. My wife Stephanie Calman, author of How (Not) To Murder Your Husband and other worryingly honest and hilarious memoirs of family life, has been a wonderful motivator, as in: 'If you want to write a novel shut up and get on with it.' I cling to the notion that out of bad comes good; Just Watch Me was inspired by trying to fly to Tobago and discovering that our then five year old daughter's passport had expired. So just before you click and buy my books, check your children's passports.

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Vividly and compellingly illuminates a dark world. Written with a chilling eye for detail but with great humanity, JUST WATCH ME gripped me from start to finish (JONATHAN DIMBLEBY)

A cracking thriller, packed with pace, twists and action, that is exceedingly well written. (HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER)

I was hooked from the start of this vivid, convincing story which brings the present reailty of terrorism into scary focus, making compulsive reading. (TELEGRAPH & ARGUS)

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You can't escape your past... When an ex-sniper loses his family, he finds himself in the cross-hairs of a massive conspiracy. A gripping thriller from the author of PERFECT NIGHT.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Thriller - Just Read It! 28 Mar 2010
Peter Grimsdale has the ability to carry a reader through shards of glass and back, feeling every sensation, every rush of cold air and the blood trickling down your back - as if you are his protagonist. I felt this with Perfect Night and was desperate when I turned the last page as the book ended. The world he had created slide away and I had to go back to real life again. I felt this even more strongly with JUST WATCH ME, because Dan, the central character was not only a man born with the ability to kill in cold blood but also because he was a loving and sensual creature who was as at home with his wife lying with "the silky sheet, half thrown back" and his children with the "bready smell of their cheeks", as he is with a gun in his hand. Dan is as capable of risking his life to save someone he has never met as he is to pull the trigger. His life is full of unwanted memories but is made to face them and a host of new, horrifying moments, which would unhinge most people.
Just Watch Me moves with a furious pace but the attention to detail is what draws you in and carries you along, as Dan is taken to the limit of human endurance. It is his strength of character, but also his vulnerability which cleaves us to him. Like a Raymond Chandler novel or a Bond movie, the stakes are as high as you can get, and you can hardly breath through the twists and turns the plot takes you through - the surprises, the physical pain, the terror of having everything you were certain of destroyed, until you reach the denoument. This is a brilliant novel - just read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT THRILLER THAT HITS THE SPOT 3 Aug 2009
Yet again Peter Grimsdale produces another fantastic thriller. This time the main character is Dan Carter, who sees and participates in an incident he shouldn't have. Later we see Dan, wife and two children going on there first holiday together, but Dan's passport goes missing and his family continue on their own, but later Dan learns the plane went down, and that when the questions start to form! Was his passport disappearing an accident? Did his wife make sure he wasn't on the plane? Was he the intended target?
The suspense is really built up well and who Dan can trust continues to sway between different characters. This story starts with a explosion and continues with a plane going down, cover ups, bike chase and twists that you don't expect.
The author has worked in film before and you can see this being made into a film. A definite thumbs up from me and will be recommending this to others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing Tale 28 Nov 2011
There is quite a lengthy prologue to Just Watch Me to set the scene, and for me this was a little disjointed. However, once we got to Chapter 1, the narrative flowed very well and I was soon absorbed by this tale.

Dan and his family become part of a Government scheme to protect those at risk for various reasons. He cajoles his handler, Stuart, into letting the family go on a family holiday to Tobago. However, circumstances result in his family going on ahead, but their plane disappears. Dan is left in a situation where nothing is straight forward as he gradually teases out the mystery surrounding this. The author handles this story very well, and it is full of twists and turns such that Dan must feel it is a case of one step forward and two backwards for a lot of the time and certainly that he is in a smoke and mirrors scenario where nothing and noone can be relied upon.

As the climax nears, this book becomes something a page turner. I thought that the combination of events at the end was a little improbable, but still made for an absorbing story. The author does an excellent job of getting his reader under Dan's skin, so that we are very conscious of his hopes and fears and often of his complete despair at the turn of events. Recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast and violent 5 Jun 2010
Just as the Cold War, Vietnam, Iraq, Ulster and other conflicts have given rise to so many novels, it now seems Afghanistan's turn.
Dan Carter, a former sniper in that country, became a security man after leaving the Army, but unlucky involvement in the assassination of a Muslim dissident in London forces him and his family into four years of hiding organised by a government protection scheme.
Eventually he gets permission to take a family holiday in Tobago but when he gets to Gatwick, he finds he does not have his passport. His wife and two children go on without him and next day, he learns that the plane has crashed with no survivors.
The tortuous plot, in which nothing can be taken at face value, takes him through many perilous adventures, being a classical hunted man scenario, but eventually he ends up as a captive back in Afghanistan.
Not a cheerful book by any means, but it was not intended to be and if one can summon the usual suspension of disbelief necessary for such thrillers, it is well-written, fast and violent.

TW Reviewer Bernard Knight ex Home Office Pathologist and author of the highly acclaimed Crowner John series)
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