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Watch Me Die

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by Erica Spindler
     
 

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Returning to the roots of her success, Spindler weaves a thrilling psychological drama with the story of a young woman driven by visions and fears

Stained glass restoration artist Mira Gallier is on the verge of having it all—again. The love of a good man. Professional success. And finally, after years of pain at the loss of her husband to

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Returning to the roots of her success, Spindler weaves a thrilling psychological drama with the story of a young woman driven by visions and fears

Stained glass restoration artist Mira Gallier is on the verge of having it all—again. The love of a good man. Professional success. And finally, after years of pain at the loss of her husband to Hurricane Katrina, peace and emotional stability. But a new nightmare begins when a strange man called “The Preacher” attacks her, and a terrifying chain of events is set in motion: the Preacher is found dead, the first of seven windows Mira restored after Katrina is vandalized, and her house is broken into.

As Mira’s windows are targeted one-by-one, her personal life begins to shatter as well. She catches a glimpse of her dead husband in a crowd, then he’s gone. She hears his voice on the phone, telling her something only he could know. She begins to doubt herself—and the man she’s falling in love with. When Mira’s assistant is brutally murdered, her nude body found posed in the dappled colored light of Mira’s prize restoration, she becomes the focus of the police’s investigation. As “evidence” against her mounts and with no one to turn to, Mira races to prove she’s neither a murderer nor losing her grip on sanity.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of this gripping romantic suspense thriller from bestseller Spindler (Blood Vines), someone bashes in the head of elderly Father Girod at New Orleans' Sisters of Mercy Catholic School and Church. The unknown killer also spray-paints the church's stained-glass windows with the words: "He will come again to judge the living and the dead." When Det. Spencer Malone questions Mira Gallier, who restored the church's stained-glass windows after Hurricane Katrina six years earlier and still mourns her husband, Jeff, who perished in that catastrophe, the police detective has to wonder why she appears more distraught by the vandalized windows than by Father Girod's death. As the body count rises, Mira becomes one of the chief suspects in the murders. Meanwhile, Jeff's best friend, Connor Scott, returns to New Orleans, and Mira, who can't stop thinking about Jeff, feels guilty about her attraction to Connor. The plot takes numerous twists and turns until reaching the startling conclusion. (June)
Library Journal
Mira Gallier, who restores stained glass, is getting on with her life after losing her husband to Hurricane Katrina. Then a man called the Preacher assails her, her house is broken into and one of her restored windows vandalized, her husband seems to appear in a crowd, and she's blamed for the grotesque murder of an assistant. If you like them really chilly, this is for you.
From the Publisher

“A pulse-pounding, page-turning, absolutely can't-put-it-down roller coaster ride of a read! Get ready to stay up all night.” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner on Blood Vines

Blood Vines is as mysterious and delicious as a fine cabernet…TOP-NOTCH SUSPSENSE.” —Linda Castillo, New York Times bestselling author of Sworn To Silence

“A fast-paced, intense story that's hard to put down.” —RT Book Reviews (4 stars) on Blood Vines

“SPINE-TINGLING.” —Star Magazine on Breakneck

“A GRIPPING STORY that unfolds with breakneck speed, heart-quickening suspense and characters you can't help but root for.” —Bookreporter.com on Breakneck

“TOP PICK! Filled with well-developed, multidimensional characters, Spindler's latest boasts fast-paced action and emotional tension…. The intricately woven plot makes this novel a sure winner for readers who like to keep guessing all the way to the end.” —RT Book Reviews on Breakneck

“A MUST READ. In this gripping new thriller, we are introduced to a tough, new detective duo set to take the crime fiction world by storm…a great read.” —Evening Telegraph (UK) on Breakneck

“BREAKNECK SUSPENSE...Breakneck is a taut thriller, which proves Erica Spindler is still a master of suspense. With adrenaline fused prose, you will find yourself sitting up into the wee hours unable to put the book down until you reach the very last page.” —Ulster Tatler (Ireland) on Breakneck

“A FIRST-CLASS THRILLING READ...Breakneck grabs the interest immediately and never lets go. This is a timely and enthralling piece of work, and has a message for all computer users.” —Fresh Fiction Review on Breakneck

“Erica Spindler never disappoints...Breakneck literally moves at breakneck speed.” —Reader to Reader.com on Breakneck

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312363949
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/21/2011
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)

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CHAPTER ONE

 

New Orleans, Louisiana

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

1:48 A.M.

He had been alone so long. Among the living but not of them.

Until now.

Mary had come back for him. They’d been together all those many years ago, separated by his father’s will and the whole screwed-up, broken-down world.

But that was the past. She was again within his reach, and this time they would not be torn apart.

It had begun.

He climbed the stairs to his grandmother’s bedroom, treading softly, careful not to wake her. Moonlight crept around the edges of the closed drapes, creating bright knifelike slivers on the dark stairs.

He knew these steps so well he could climb them blind. How many hundreds of times had he carried up a tray of food or drink first for his mother, struck down while still so young, now for his grandmother?

He peeked in at her sleeping form. She lay in her bed, head propped up on pillows, coverlet tucked neatly around her. He wrinkled his nose at the smell—of age and illness. She’d become so frail over the past months. So thin, not much more than skin and bones. And weak. Hardly able to lift her head.

Unable to fight him off.

He frowned. Now, why had he thought that? He loved his grandmother; he owed her his life. When his mother had passed, she’d sacrificed everything to raise him. For these past twenty-two years, she had supported and guided him. She had believed in him. In who he was and who he was meant to be.

He shook his head, clearing it. He had told her about Mary’s return. They’d argued. She’d said terrible things about Mary. Ugly, hateful things. Each word had pierced his heart.

But in this, his love for Mary, he would not be swayed.

He crossed to the bed. The jagged moonlight fell across her torso and onto him. He lifted his hands into the light, spreading his fingers.

Blood staining his hands.

The blood of the lamb. Splattering on impact.

You’re troubled.

He blinked at the clearly spoken words. He looked behind him at the empty room, then down at his sleeping grandmother. “Who’s there?” he asked.

You know me. I am the one who’s always with you.

“Father,” he whispered, “is it you?”

Yes, my Son. What troubles you tonight? It has begun. You should rejoice and fear not, for through the Father the Son will be glorified!

“One of your Holy ones, Father. I had to. He came upon me so suddenly—”

A martyr. He will be remembered, sanctified for his role on this day of new beginning.

At his Father’s words, certainty washed over him. Renewed purpose and peace. “Yes, Father. It is indeed the day you foretold and the one I have awaited. I’m in your hands, Father.” He bowed his head. “I am your servant. Direct me.”

Leave the old one now. Remember, only one can stand beside you.

“Mary.”

Yes. Her moment is coming as well.

He eased one of the bed pillows from behind his grandmother’s head. He gazed down at her, drinking in her face, emotion swamping him. What would he do without her?

Tears stinging his eyes, he plumped the pillow and bent and carefully replaced it, cautious not to awaken her.

He pressed a kiss to her forehead. “Good night, Grandma. Sleep well.”

 

Copyright © 2011 by Erica Spindler

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author ERICA SPINDLER has written thirty novels, including Copycat, Killer Takes All, See Jane Die, Dead Run and Bone Cold. Erica lives just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband and two sons.

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Watch Me Die 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Erica Spindler's books, and this is as good as they come. It is a real page turner, and I didn't want to stop reading it. The plot, the characters, everything about the book is a pleasure to read. I highlyrecommend it.
JuanitaH More than 1 year ago
With "Watch Me Die", Erica Spindler not only raises the bar, but also hurdles it, snatches it up, and slams it across your imagination. You find yourself so invested in the main character that you want to reach into the book and shake anyone who doubts her. You feel her helplessness and frustration and try to imagine what you would do to prove yourself sane in the same situation. Usually, I can pinpoint the villain early on. But this time, i found myself thinking - he did it; no, she did it; no, they did it. This is what a true thriller mystery is supposed to do. The story is compelling and reads fast - less than 24 hours for me. The only regret is that the book has to end. I have two words for this novel - satisfaction guaranteed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watch me die keeps you on the edge from the first page until the very end. That's what I like about this book and other Erica Spindler books.
kadydid More than 1 year ago
This book truly has so many twists that you will be left spinning. You will care about all of the chacters and hope none of them are guilty. Then you will suspect them all. One of her best.
luvluke6t6 More than 1 year ago
Erica Spindler did it again. She delivered another great read. Could not put it down. Enough clues given that you are never certain whodunnit until she reveals it. Great setting and terrific setting. Highly recommend.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In New Orleans, Mira Gallier loves her caring husband and her vocation as a stained-glass restoration artist. However Katrina changed everything for the woman with a seemingly perfect life when her spouse was washed away and much of her work ruined. It has been several years of grief since The Hurricane destroyed her life but finally Mira begins to move on emotionally. However, she is shocked when someone breaks the church windows she has restored. That is terrible but the vandalism does not compare with the murder of a priest near one of her restoration projects; the culprit left behind a graffiti message from the bible sprayed on the window. More homicides with biblical references left behind and seemingly tied to Mira and her work occurs. NOPD homicide detective Spencer Malone leads the investigation in which the prime suspect is Mira. With a nod to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, readers will feel Mira's angst and fears as she has only recently recovered from Katrina turning her into a widow and now those close to her are being slaughtered by a maniacal believer. She is so distraught she fears for her mind. With post Katrina New Orleans as the backdrop, Erica Spindler provides a taut psychological suspense. Harriet Klausner
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This was an awesome book. The writing, the characters, the storyline, all of it. It moves along and it's suspenseful...even creepy at times. I literally stayed up too late a few nights because I couldnt stop reading, wanting to figure out the mystery. : ) I really like this author and her writing style. Would definitely recommend this book.
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I absolutely love erica spindlers books. Once i start reading them i can hardly put them down. She is a great author and i am hoping she will be doing more books in the future!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book i always enjoy reading erica spindler books
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Great read and fast paced! Loved every minute of the story.
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LaylaBear More than 1 year ago
Great book - fast read! I just wish she would write faster to get books out sooner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed Erica Spindler's books for years. This book was fast-paced and kept me guessing. One negative is how clueless she made the cops. If you leave fingerprints at the scene, why are the cops still chasing down people who don't match the prints. Still a very enjoyable read and recommend it to fans of Spindler and NOLA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big Erica Spindler fan I look forward to her new book every year. This one I should have skipped. I know she is a better story teller, not one of her best efforts. That said I am looking forward to her next book.
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Bibliophile_and_Proud More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed Spindler's books but I did not find this one to be very suspenseful; in fact, I found it to be quite predictable. This was the type of stupid heroine that made you wish the bad guy, also not a surprise, would kill her just to put us out of our misery. Plus there was no real defined hero per se. Sorry, but I think you should check this out from your local library before dropping any bills for this one.