Watch Me Die

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In Spindler’s thrilling new psychological drama, one woman’s journey to recovery becomes her worst nightmare…

Before Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, stained-glass restoration artist Mira Gallier had it all: a thriving business doing work she loved and an idyllic marriage to the perfect man. But the devastating storm stole her beloved husband – his body swept away by floodwaters, never to be found.

Now, after years of pain and ...

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Overview

In Spindler’s thrilling new psychological drama, one woman’s journey to recovery becomes her worst nightmare…

Before Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, stained-glass restoration artist Mira Gallier had it all: a thriving business doing work she loved and an idyllic marriage to the perfect man. But the devastating storm stole her beloved husband – his body swept away by floodwaters, never to be found.

Now, after years of pain and turmoil, it looks as if Mira is finally on the verge of peace and emotional stability. But her life, like the magnificent windows blown to bits by Hurricane Katrina, is about to be shattered once again. And this time, it’s not a killer storm she faces, but a psychopath who will stop at nothing until he possesses her, body and soul…

First, church windows that she restored are vandalized, and the priest who looked over them brutally murdered. Spray-painted across the glass are the words: He Will Come to Judge the Living and the Dead. Then, New Orleans is rocked by a terrifying chain of murders that all seem to be linked to Mira. The police, led by homicide detective Spencer Malone, are following a string of clues left by the killer on each victim – and beginning to wonder if the murderer isn’t Mira Gallier herself.

As Mira begins to unravel under pressure from all sides – and fear for her life – it’s unclear whom she can trust. And when a man from her past appears out of nowhere, sparking something long forgotten in her heart, he quickly becomes the police’s new prime suspect. One by one, the people in Mira's life are targeted, until it’s clear that the killer has been saving her for last . . . and that there’s nowhere left to run.

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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)
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“Filled with more twisted, dark paths than an ancient cemetery, Watch Me Die is a thriller guaranteed to chill your blood and set your teeth on edge.” –Lisa Jackson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"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." - Publishers Weekly (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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250062062
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 787,074
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Erica Spindler

New York Times bestselling author Erica Spindler has written many novels, including BreakneckBlood Vines, Bone Cold, In Silence and Last Known Victim. Her books are published in 25 countries. Raised in Rockford, Illinois, Spindler planned on becoming an artist, and earned visual arts degrees from Delta State University and the University of New Orleans. But one day in 1982, she picked up a romance novel and was immediately hooked. She soon tried to write her own romance, but it was when she leapt from romance to suspense that she found her true calling. Spindler has won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence, the Kiss of Death Award, and has been a three-time RITA Award Finalist. She lives just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband and two sons.

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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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Great

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Loved it...must read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Entertaining!

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Guess and guess again

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    I'm still spinning! A must read!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    LOVED IT - A MUST READ

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Greatest author ever!!!!!!!

    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!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Always like Erica Spindler books

    Good book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Linda

    Very good book i always enjoy reading erica spindler books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Couldn't put the book down!

    Great read and fast paced! Loved every minute of the story.

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

    Love all Erica Spinkler Books!

    Great book - fast read! I just wish she would write faster to get books out sooner!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2011

    Disappointed

    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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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Library check out only, save your $$$$

    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.

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  • Posted July 30, 2011

    Sounds great

    Soumds like a great book! I might wanna get it but its a high price, oh well.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Very fast moving!

    A great read. Interesting setting and great characters. Had trouble putting it down.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2011

    MYSTERY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS!!!

    Another awesome book by Erica Spindler!! This is a must read if you like mysteries with a twist! She keeps you hanging on and wanting to read just one more chapter... Hard to put down! Great book for your "to-do list"!!!

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

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    Watch Me Die

    Well I have read every book by Erica - and this one was just as hard to put down! I found myself picking it up constantly - even when I should have been doing something else. Suspense is fantastic - you think maybe you know who the killer is - and then a new idea comes in and you change choices. She is truly a great author. I really enjoyed this book immensely - and highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good suspense novel. Erica is the B E S T !!!! Enjoy!!!

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    Must Read!!

    Watch Me Die is a page turning, can't put it down kind of story. A pyschological puzzle that was fun and entertaing. Great charachters, hopefully Spencer Malone and his family will be back!!

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Couldn't put it down!

    If you have any plans for the day don't start this book. Once started you cannot put it down. Love Erica Spindler and once again she delivers.
    Her characters are very real and you will be reading as fast as you can to find out what is going to happen. The only bad thing is when it ends you wish you hadn't read it so fast because now it is over and you have to wait for the release of her next book. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Loved it

    Extremely good read. I loved the outcome of Karin Bealy as I think her character reach the logical next step. Looking forward to the next eventure.

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