Thursday, July 27, 2017

Review: I'll Be Watching You by Andrea Kane

Title: I'll Be Watching You
Author: Andrea Kane

Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: October 13, 2009
Publisher: Pocket Books

"I'll be watching you..."
the cryptic e-mail read.

Taylor Halstead, psychologist and successful radio personality, is terrified that she'll never be safe again. Coming on the heels of a series of tragic and terrible events, the e-mail sends chills racing up her spine. Her safe, secure world has already been violated by her cousin Stephanie's boyfriend, Gordon Mallory, in her own apartment. Only the door buzzer and Stephanie's intervening voice rescue her, but not before Gordon promises to return. Soon after, he is killed along with Stephanie in an inexplicable explosion aboard his yacht. Or is he?

The e-mail is just the beginning. The terror campaign escalates when an electronically disguised voice on Taylor's telephone threatens to kill her, and her life becomes a nightmare. It seems the only one she can turn to is attorney Reed Weston, her confidant, protector, and, ultimately, lover. But is Reed's determination to protect her enough to avert disaster? And can Taylor trust Gordon's identical twin, Jonathan, who always seems to show up when she least expects him?

Grief and dread unravel Taylor's sanity, playing tricks with her mind and heart. Someone out there wants her dead—a crazed fan or the troubled teenage boy she's been counseling or, impossibly, Gordon himself. His vow to return and those final menacing words—"I'll be watching you"—haunt her day and night. Whoever is out there is coming closer, and Taylor Halstead has nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.

My rating:

Taylor Halstead world comes crashing down when she's assaulted in her own home by her cousin's boyfriend. Only her cousin coming home early stops Gordon from raping Taylor. The next day, Taylor's world comes crashing down yet again, when news reaches her that her cousin died in a boat explosion, along with her boyfriend. So at least he'll be unable to keep his chilling promise of coming back and finishing what they've started...And watching her in interim.

Six months later, it looks like someone is keeping Gordon's promise for him, and Taylor has to accept the fact she has a stalker. She also suspects who the bastard is—her would-be rapist's identical twin brother, Jonathan. But unlike six months ago, Taylor has an ally, someone who will not let her be made victim again, no matter what it takes.

But maybe, just maybe, not even Reed Weston's resolution to protect Taylor will help in the face of her stalker's twisted determination.

Compared to the previous books, this was much lighter on the romance, but so much heavier on the suspense.
I liked the romance, it was rather understated, but believable and rather realistically portrayed, even thought it was a bit hasty as far as the depth of Taylor and Reed's feelings were concerned, but it worked. And while I liked the romance, I loved the suspense. You could even say, this was more of a thriller with romantic undertones than a straight-up romantic suspense.

The entire plot, even the romance, revolved around the mystery of Taylor's stalker, and I must confess this particular villain was absolutely one of my favorite villains in the books I've read so far.
He was crazy and psychotic, chillingly twisted, yet meticulous in the execution of his plan. I was actually looking forward to what he might come up next, and, of course, how it would all come crashing around him. Which it did, splendidly, although I felt it was rather easily solved, after all the clues came together like puzzle pieces.

I especially liked how the plot was developed, and how the story was written to immediately point the finger to the villain...All the clues, behavior, explanations, obsessions pointed in only one direction...Only to prove us all wrong in our thinking process. Because, let's face it, it was too easy, wrapped up too nicely, there had to be a catch.

Well-plotted, with a wonderful cast of characters, a nice little romance to help mellow things down in between the danger, a much higher pace of things than the previous books, and a wonderfully twisted villain propelling the suspense and mystery forward. Well written and splendidly executed.


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