"The red herring-filled conclusion should surprise even the most careful reader. In Kavanagh's capable hands, the familiar plot of serial-killer-strikes-again is given a fresh and complex feel, complete with several truly sneaky twists."
"Smart, fierce, and absorbing, this is a novel that begs to be read deep into the night."
"Kavanagh keeps the suspense high to the chilling conclusion."
"A solid psychological thriller by a former police and military psychologist."
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?
A brilliantly twisted thriller—gripping, atmospheric, and skillfully layered, I Am Watching will keep readers guessing until the very end.
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About the Author
Emma Kavanagh is the acclaimed UK bestselling author of The Missing Hours. Born and raised in South Wales, she is a former police and military psychologist. After completing her PhD, Emma began her own consultancy business, providing training to police and military across the UK and Europe. She taught police officers and NATO personnel about the psychology of critical incidents, terrorism, body recovery and hostage negotiation. She has run around muddy fields taking part in tactical exercises, has designed live fire training events, has been a VIP under bodyguard protection and has fired more than her fair share of weapons. She is married with two small sons and considers herself incredibly privileged to get to make up stories for a living.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4 Solid Stars This was my first book by Emma Kavanagh and it was a surprisingly good read. An intriguing, addictive, crime mystery with some surprising twists and turns. It was a little slow moving at the beginning but it soon gain some speed and it was truly hard to put down at times. There were few times I thought I got the whole thing figured out to find out that I was wrong on all my guesses. I am a true sucker for a small town crime novels and this book did not disappoint. It hit all the right criteria for a good mystery novel, with strong main characters, good writing style, and some unexpected developments in the story. I will definitely read other books by this author and I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a small town, crime mystery genre. Thank you NetGalley, Kensington Books, and the author, Emma Kavanagh, for giving me an opportunity to read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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.