I Am Watching Emma Kavanagh
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Kensington Books
About the Book:
From a distance, they seem to be sleeping. Three bodies, sitting propped up against the ancient stones of Hadrian’s Wall. A closer look reveals the horror of their too-white faces, and the ring of vivid red bruises around each neck. The victims were found by schoolgirl Isla Bell, out on an early morning run along the historic site. That day changed the small, close-knit community of Briganton forever, and it also shaped the course of Isla’s life. Twenty years later, she’s a professor of criminal psychology at the University of Northumberland. She specializes in studying the brain function of psychopaths and serial killers, wrestling with the question that still haunts her: why? Why did Heath McGowan kill those people—and two more besides—before he was finally caught by Isla’s police detective father? At last, Isla has a chance to get answers. Heath, previously unforthcoming about the murders, agrees to take part in her research. Isla’s husband, Ramsey—the only one of Heath’s victims to survive—cautions her against the meeting. But no matter how ready Isla feels to peer within a killer’s mind, there is no way to prepare for the fresh horror about to engulf Briganton. Another body is found, displayed just as before . . . and then another. Is this a copycat, someone inspired by or receiving help from the serial killer behind bars? Or could the truth be darker still?
That. Ending. Though.
I Am Watching was an intriguing read and although I found it a little slow to begin with, as the investigation picks up speed so does the pace of the book. I kept promising myself that I would only read a few more chapters and then go to bed but I couldn't stop turning the pages. I like twisty books that keep me guessing and this book certainly did that. I thought this was well written and all I can say is, it makes you wonder what is really going on in other people's lives and minds.
The book is intense without being gratuitous or too scary. I enjoyed the surprising plot twists and found it to be a solid and satisfying mystery. Overall, this book is addictive, conniving and fascinating. It pulls you in one direction and then spins you in another; a true roller coaster of a read. I was constantly guessing the who and continuously getting it wrong. I loved how the narrative played out as well, with three points of view. Just as you're getting to an interesting revelation instead of revealing it, you're moving to a different character to keep you interested in the story. It was a brilliant novel that kept me on the edge of my seat and an ending that quite literally took my breath away. I'll definitely pick up Kavanagh's future novels.
Thank you NetGalley, Kensington Books and Emma Kavanagh for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
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