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- Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Aug. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E2MNPG8
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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
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This further addition to the Joe O'Loughlin series has plenty of twists in the tale such that you are never quite sure where the plot is going next. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Dr Andrew M Long
Have read a lot of Michael Robotham books, this one is not as good as the others! The story is just to farfetched. So only 3 stars !Published 4 months ago by David Rose
I could not put this book down; anyone who is a fan of Sebastian Fitzek would like this, I think.Published 5 months ago by Mrs. Mary Patrick