I AM WATCHING YOU - by Teresa Driscoll

I AM WATCHING YOU - Teresa Driscoll
Published: October 2017 - Thomas and Mercer.
Genres: Adult / thriller / contemporary / mystery
Pages: 300.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Frequent sexual innuendo and sexual themes / infrequent, mild violence / incidences of self harm / strong suicide themes / mature content / themes of child abuse
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
What would it take to make you intervene? 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. Then an anniversary appeal reveals that Anna’s friends and family might have something to hide. Anna’s best friend, Sarah, hasn’t been telling the whole truth about what really happened that night—and her parents have been keeping secrets of their own. Someone knows where Anna is—and they’re not telling. But they are watching Ella.

Ever requested a book to review, never received a reply, forgot you requested it, and then it arrives on your doorstep? That's what happened with me and this book. And wow, am I so glad I got the chance to read it!

The writing is immensely profound. The language is simple but strong, and the attention to detail is brilliant. Driscoll is incredibly perceptive when it comes to human relationships and relatable, human struggles. There are a lot of details she digs into, but it's never boring. I adored every minute of her tantalizing story.

The suspense is to-die-for. The information of the mystery is revealed so seamlessly, and the shocks and twists are constant and unpredictable. I literally did not know what to believe or who to root for. Driscoll manipulates the reader beautifully, and when the climax finally comes, the final revelation is shocking. I was gaping and my mind was whirling - in the best way possible.

It is so odd that you can stand in a space - a place in which you normally feel so happy and safe - and then suddenly you can stand in precisely the same spot and feel like this completely different person.    I don't want to be this person. I hate this new person.

The characters are excellent. Everyone is so twisty and three-dimensional and damaged. I love how you literally do not know who to trust right up to the last quarter of the book. Everyone has motives, everyone has secrets, and their stories are gorgeously woven together. It is a big cast, but it's handled so well. You soon get a grip on who everyone is and they're all so vivid.
I love everyone's unique contributions to the story. Everyone has a vital role, and while Sarah's probably the only character I truly, wholeheartedly like, I still appreciate the other characters for who they are and for what they give to the story. They're well-drawn people.

I Am Watching You is as chilling and unsettling as its title. The characters are vivid, human, and everyone is hiding something. The mystery is shockingly clever, and the twists are astounding. 

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