Tuesday 2 April 2019

I Am Watching You - Teresa Driscoll

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.


This book came to my attention by my mum who had read and adored it, she picked it up on offer from the kindle store for the bargain price of 99p! So i obviously had to get it, as we often read the same books and our reading tastes are pretty much identical (although she doesn't love a seaside cafe book like me!) 

We meet Ella on a train journey as she travels to London, she spies to men chatting up to teenage girls just observing she doesn't think too much of it until she hears them mention they are just released from prison. She decides to intervene, as she heads over, her opinion of the girls changes when she witnesses what is actually going on. Instead in that moment she decides to leave them, they are clearly old enough to make their own decisions.

Fast forward to the next morning, one of the girls has gone missing. Ella is wracked with guilt, she should of stepped in and done something, a year down the line and Anna is still missing, Ella is really struggling and now someone is watching her too.  Anna's family and friends are still desperate for answers but the case is slowly become colder and colder.

I Am Watching You is told from multiple perspectives of those around Anna. Her best friend, her father, Ella, the investigator, and more all telling different stories from different views. I found i didn't want each chapter to end because i needed to know more from each one then it would change to another. It was fast paced and so so gripping, literally from the first chapter i was drawn in and needed to find out where it was going. I sometimes struggle with multiple perspectives and keeping track of who is who but no, i managed completely, as everyone was written so individual i found i could keep up.

I didnt have a clue what had actually happened to Anna, i couldn't even work out the slightest hint from the clues we were given, my mum said the same and she is pretty good at working it out. The narrative was paced so well that i found i couldn't put the book down. It was the first read by the author for me and i would 100% read more. This was one of the best thrillers i have read this year, i dont think the review does it justice how much i enjoyed it! 

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