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Watching You Hardcover – 11 Mar 2014

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  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books; Reprint edition (11 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031625200X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316252003
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,287,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Robotham not only builds suspense masterfully but tops it off with a stunning twist."-- People

"Michael Robotham is the real deal."--David Baldacci

"Robotham is a first-class storyteller."-- Associated Press

"Robotham not only builds suspense masterfully but tops it off with a stunning twist."-- People

"Robotham's writing remains solid. ["Watching Yo"u] will convert new readers and make his fans happy." --"Kirkus Reviews"

"Robotham not only builds suspense masterfully but tops it off with a stunning twist."-- People

"Robotham slowly, expertly begins tightening the screws...Revelations increase rather than release tension until the last page...It will be a long time before memories of this one retreat back into the shadows." --"Booklist" (starred review)

"[A] commanding book with an ending that's sure to give even the most jaded reader a shock" --"Publishers Weekly"

"Full of surprises. Well written and slightly creepy, it will keep readers intrigued to the final page." --"Library Journal" (starred review)

"[A] stylish Hitchcock homage" "Vogue""

"It'll keep you guessing and gasping." "Entertainment Weekly""

"Always surprising and never dull. That's the bottom line on Michael Robotham's psychological suspense novels, which star a sympathetic clinical psychologist named Joe O'Loughlin and feature the walking wounded on his challenging client list." Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review""

"Michael Robotham is a gifted storyteller and a superb writer, and "Watching You" is a sophisticated page turner with the gracefulness of an alabaster sculpture-there's not an angle or element or feature not faithful to the whole." Jeff Mannix, "Durango Herald""

"Tastily written and cleverly designed . . . Robotham's skillful plotting is impressive: This is the kind of book where you'll flip back to see how well he larded clues and hints throughout, and the ending provides a major kick." ""USA Today"""

"With lots of suspense and a few surprising twists, this novel is a quick and rewarding read." Judy Romanowich Smith, "Star Tribune""

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The chilling new psychological thriller -- a truly gripping read from one of the most brilliant crime authors of today --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Michael Robotham's forte is writing psychological crime thrillers. Watching You is another enthralling, gripping and compelling piece of novel. Without wasting time, the author sets the tone of the novel. We are introduced to a mysterious character known as Marnie. The atmosphere can be described as dark and sombre. Strange and unfortunate events are affecting her life. She becomes increasingly depressed and isolated. She seeks the help of top clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, a familiar character in previous novels. The subject area of psychology is highly complex. It has been simplified throughout the novel. The author has done extensive research on the area. The subject matter helps us to gain a deep understanding of what triggers human behaviour.The matter becomes relevant in a police investigation. The novel kept me glued for the long periods, as my curiosity grows flipping every page. I found the novel absorbing and thrilling from start to end. Robotham continues to impress, with every novel he publishes.
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By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 April 2014
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Marnie's husband disappeared a year ago, leaving a huge gambling debt to a violent gangster. Hennessy is insisting that the debt is now Marnie's and he's got his own ideas of how she should earn enough to pay it back. So although she doesn't want to give up hope of her husband's return, Marnie needs to have him declared dead so she can claim the insurance money and get Hennessy out of her life. But the reader knows that someone is watching Marnie - someone who doesn't like it when anyone hurts her...

This is a creepy and disturbing psychological thriller that is much more complex than it looks at first sight. I haven't read any of Robotham's other novels, but I gather from the blurb that Marnie's psychologist, Joe O'Loughlin, has appeared in earlier books. However, this works perfectly as a standalone, with enough information given on the recurring characters for the reader to get to know them and not so much referring back to previous books as to be annoying. When Marnie tells Joe about her need to have Daniel declared dead, Joe asks his friend, ex-detective Vincent Ruiz, to help. But when Ruiz starts investigating, he finds that there have been many odd events in Marnie's past and begins to wonder if she knows more about Daniel's disappearance than she's letting on.

The book is very well-written and Robotham leads the reader on a twisting and twisted journey, full of ambiguity and false trails. The characterisation is particularly strong, and both Joe and Ruiz are attractive and enjoyable characters. Marnie is a complicated character, sometimes gaining the reader's sympathy and support while at other times the reader joins with Ruiz in wondering if there's another hidden side to her.
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By Liz Barnsley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Nov. 2013
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Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched. Nothing she can quite put her finger on -- a whisper of breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye -- and now her life is frozen. Her husband Daniel has been missing for more than a year. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

So I'm a huge fan of the Joe O'Loughlin books from Michael Robotham so I was very much looking forward to this one (And hoping that Ruiz would be involved so YAY!) and it didnt disappoint.

Marnie has some godawful problems - a loan shark on her tale, a missing husband and a distinct lack of funds are making for a pretty poor existance. Struggling to cope she turns to Joe for help with her depression...and as things develop it becomes apparent that there is more going on in Marnie's life than initially meets the eye.

One of the strengths of these novels is Mr Robothams ability to write multi layered, psychologically intriguing characters not only with his main protagonists but with those they encounter along the way - even peripheral or secondary characters have a certain depth to them and this makes every story different enough that the series never becomes dull.

Certainly he has managed that here with Marnie, a damaged yet sympathetic woman who has had some major curveballs thrown at her in this game we call life and yet manages to still be standing, albeit rather unsteadily. You will feel for her and want things to start going her way.
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First Sentence: When Marnie Logan was fourteen she dreamed of marrying Johnny Depp of Jason Priestly and living happily ever after in a house with a Gone-with-the-Wind staircase and a double-fridge full of Mars Bars.

Psychologist Joe O’Loughlin’s patient, Marnie Logan, is trying to put her life together after the disappearance of her husband, Daniel. She trying to have him declared dead so she can access his bank account and life insurance for her, and her daughter’s survival. Otherwise, her only choice has been to perform as a call girl. As Joe, with the help of ex-cop Vincent Ruiz, works to help Marnie, he starts to realize that other people around her have disappeared/been murdered. Is it Marnie, or is there someone else?

Robotham immediately captures the reader’s attention with a very creepy opening. He also creates very vivid characters. Marnie is interesting in that one doesn’t really like or trust her. Ruiz is the classic tough copper; you’d definitely what him on your side. Yet it is Joe who is the most interesting. He is not without his own baggage, which makes him human; and has a degenerative medical condition. It is Ruiz who describes him best—“You’re made differently from most men. …You understand more than most people. You look harder. You care more. You let things bruise your soul and question what’s wrong with humanity,…”.

The plot is suspenseful, increasingly so. There is a major, very effective, plot twist one does not see coming. But one also questions whether it is true. Robotham also includes fascinating information on the psychology of stalkers versus voyeurs.

“Watching You” is a wonderful, suspenseful read with a shocking turn, and an ending that leaves you questioning.

WATCHING YOU (Psy Suspense–Joe O’Laughlin-England-Contemp) - VG
Robotham, Michael
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