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While No One Was Watching [Kindle Edition]

Debz Hobbs-Wyatt
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Friday, November 22nd, 1963 Dallas, Texas, 12.30pm. The US President, John F Kennedy, is assassinated as his motorcade hits town, watched by crowds of spectators and the world’s media. Watching too from the grassy knoll nearby is a young mother who, in the confusion, lets go of her daughter’s hand. When she turns around the little girl has vanished. Fifty years later, when everyone remembers what they were doing at that moment in history, she is still missing. Who will remember her? Local hack Gary Blanchet, inspired by the mother’s story, joins forces with former police psychic Lydia Collins to seek answers. Risking ridicule for their controversial theories and with a classroom shooting close to home to deal with, they re-examine the evidence from that day, study footage and look at the official report for details of witnesses in the JFK case. But this time they’re not looking for a man in a crowd with a gun; they are looking for little Eleanor Boone. Gone, while no one was watching? Maybe someone was. This is a story about being a parent, being a sibling; about what can happen when we turn our backs for a second.

About the Author

Debz Hobbs-Wyatt was born in Essex and now lives and works as a full time writer from her home in the mountains of Snowdonia. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bangor University and has had several short stories published. She won the 2013 Bath Short Story prize with Learning to Fly , has been nominated for the prestigious US Pushcart Prize 2013 and short listed for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2013. While No One Was Watching is her debut novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 799 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Parthian Books (29 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FWRJ80O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Debz Hobbs-Wyatt is a full time Writer/Editor/Publisher working from her home in the mountains of Snowdonia. She had had several short stories published in anthologies, was nominated for the prestigious US Pushcart Prize 2013, short listed in the Commonwealth Short Story Award 2013 and Winner of the Bath Short Story Award 2013. Her debut novel While No One Was Watching is published by Parthian Books in October 2013. Adult psychological thriller about a little girl who disappeared from the grassy knoll at the exact moment in time Kennedy was assassinated and is still missing 50 years on. But what happened? Out in time for the 50th anniversary of the assassination.

Debz motto is: Always believe anything is always possible ... because it is.

www.debzhobbs-wyatt.co.uk
Follow Debz on her Facebook Fan Page here: https://www.facebook.com/DebzHobbsWyattAuthor



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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another 'Great American Novel'? 18 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback
The greatest living American novelist is, to my mind, Don DeLillo, and his greatest novel, despite later masterpieces such as 'Underworld', for me, is 'Libra'. By virtue of both treatment and subject - the assassination of Kennedy and the endlessly ramifying theories and their exhaustive sifting - it lays claim to being THE Great American Novel. Could anyone else come close?
Oddly, one who has come closest, in my opinion, is a British writer: Debz Hobbs-Wyatt. I had only previously read a short story by her, in the Unthank Books anthology Unthology 3, and loved it: witty, structurally innovative, and entirely contemporary in its theme of internet romance. 'While No One Was Watching' is very different, in historical setting, scope and ambition. Could she pull it off?
Emphatically yes. I was enthralled by this novel; it certainly measured up to comparisons with 'Libra'.
Hobbs-Wyatt set herself a number of very difficult problems, regarding just that setting and scope. What new could be said about the assassination? And having miraculously found a new angle, in an apparently true incident of the snatching of a young girl during the confusion of the shooting, how could she develop it, given the constraints of what is known, and its endless examination, and the fragmentary nature of the shreds of fact she had to work with?
She overcomes the problems brilliantly.
Firstly, the problem of the authenticity of the setting is solved by making the setting the present: a journalist accidentally coming on the story by meeting in an old people's home the mother of the allegedly snatched child.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut 15 Nov 2013
By Steve12
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an accomplished and mature novel that addresses issues of family and belonging. The narration is interesting which adds colour and depth to the story. The characters are all engaging and utterly believable. The story challenges the reader to think about what is really important and valuable in life. It has an attractive and vibrant style that draws the reader in. It is very enjoyable read which I thoroughly recommend.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Jo Fino
Format:Paperback
An extremely visual and well told story with totally believeable, powerful, and in Lydia's case, loveable characters.This novel has layers of stories that peel away in tantalising slivers and is so well constructed that it draws you in and time is immaterial as you race to find out what happens. Impeccable research, attention to detail and the ability of the writer to inhabit her characters jump from every page. At the end you are left replete yet still questioning what really happened on that grassy knoll in 1963. Debz Hobbs- Wyatt is an extremely talented story teller who has worked hard to perfect her craft and it shows on every page: not a word is wasted, nor an opportunity missed and the interwoven stories flow beautifully.
I can honestly say I was incapable of putting it down once I got down to reading and that is the mark of a good novel for me. Next stop, casting for the film version(?) and I can't wait to read her next novel.
I will be buying a copy for another family member for Christmas too !
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting first novel 7 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's easy for me to singing praises for this novel because I know, Debz, personally, but that wouldn't be helpful to you who are reading this review with the intention of buying it to read for yourself. You would simply see this review as being written by a caring friend.

So I shall begin by saying I had purchase a hard copy in advance from Amazon because I was looking forward to reading Debz's debut novel. In my eagerness to read it and unable to wait for the novel to come through the post, I brought it as an e-book and read it while traveling up to North Yorkshire and finished it before the weekend was through.

Debz tell the story through two main characters Gary Blanchet, a reporter and psychic, Lydia Collins.

The story opens with a missing elderly lady and a little girl who are discovered together in Memorial Park. The reporter Gary finds him draw back in time to the death of the 35th President of the United States in 1963 after the elderly lady's plea for help to find her missing little girl, Eleanor Boone. As he pieces together the mystery surrounding disappearance of Eleanor fifty years ago while everyone else was watching Kennedy motorcade driving along Dealey Plaza, Gary is left with a problem of whether to tell the biggest story of his career or not. And can he trust the word of a psychic to uncover the truth?

There's two threads woven through the main plot, the shooting of Kennedy in the past and that of a classroom shooting closer to home. As the book's characters deal with the aftermath of both shootings questions are asked of what the truth is and whether with hindsight things could have been stopped, or changed in both cases.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 4 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I stayed up until 2am trying to finish this book as I couldn't put it down. Sleep overcame me in the end so had to finish it this morning. Great debut novel. I really got into the characters and wanted to know more about them. Very haunting story set among real events. Great present for anyone who enjoys a good read. Debz Hobbs-Wyatt is a great writer and I have read quite a few of her short stories so I'm sure we will soon be seeing her name in the best sellers lists.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed
I was very impressed by this book and enjoyed it. A little drawn-out at the end perhaps?
Published 22 hours ago by A. Forrest
2.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This is a great read. I really enjoyed most of it, but was a bit disappointed that the end seemed so rushed. Having said that, I would certainly recommend it.
Published 22 days ago by 9offspring
5.0 out of 5 stars To say that I was amazed could sound wrong
I have known Debz for many years, and read many of her short stories. But when her first novel was published, I have to admit I didn't know what to expect... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Sabine Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars What can happen when no one is watching...
With its twists and turns and mystery, I found this story easy to read whilst unfolding a fairly complex, unique and gripping story line. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amanda Green
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning debut
Debz Hobbs-Wyatt's stunning debut had me on the edge of my seat throughout. Not only in terms of the story which leads the reader through a maze of intrigue and suspense, but also... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sandy Shore
4.0 out of 5 stars While No One was Watching
The author is a friend of mine for more than 20 years, so all the years of her hard work in writing stories has paid off with this great book. Its a very good read.
Published 2 months ago by helen cm2
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, involving psychological thriller
Weaving fiction around the real-life events surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas 1963, Debz Hobbs-Wyatt’s first novel grips from start to finish. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Laura Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Once I started this book I found it hard to put down. I read it over 3 evenings. I got very caught up in both Gary’s and Lydia’s characters and find myself curious about their... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tracy R
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
It started off really well, i liked the characters and the storyline, however the ending was a real let down.
Published 4 months ago by Miss L Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Griping twist on well known event
The author has obviously done a great deal of research which she introduces into the story at a good rate so that the reader never feels they are being bombarded with facts. Read more
Published 4 months ago by b j ennis
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