Watch Me Die

Watch Me Die

by Erica Spindler

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ISBN-13: 9781250003270
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.08(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Erica Spindler has written tewnty-nine novels, including Blood Vines¸Breakneck, Last Known Victim, 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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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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Watch Me Die 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 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
dearheart on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Mira Gallier works with stained glass windows, restoring windows damaged by Hurricane Katrina. It's become her mission, focusing on it as she still can't move on from her husband's death due to that storm six years ago.People are being murdered by a religious zealot and she's the only link between them. She first meets the police as a victim of a crime, but later becomes one of two likely suspects in the murders. At the same time she has to question her sanity when it appears that her dead husband might not be dead after all. It certainly seems like he's been in the house. And it seems everyone has secrets, so who does Mira trust?The book didn't do much for me. Psychological thriller? It probably would have been if I'd had any feelings for the characters. As it was the only characters I found interesting were the Malone brothers and Spencer's fiancé. I had not read any other books by this author but I suspect the Malones have been featured in prior books.Mira remembers only the good about her husband and has a difficult time seeing the bigger picture of her marriage. This is a huge part of the story. And while seeing her finally able to let go and move on is good, the theme becomes old before we get there.What I did appreciate were the number of twists in the story and not being able to guess beforehand who the serial killer is, as well as a couple of the side storiesI set it aside on four separate occasions, beginning with page 4. Religious enthusiasts are a real turn off for me. Thankfully only a small part of the book is written with these voices, but it was the reason for putting the book down the first time when only in a few pages. The first third of the book is pretty slow, but does eventually pick up. Reviewed for Amazon Vine Voice
Darcia on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Erica Spindler has long been one of my favorite authors and she reminds me why with her newest release. Set in New Orleans, Spindler captures both the destruction and the spirit of the location. The characters are well-developed and made me care what happened to them. As the plot builds, so does the suspense. And just when you think you know something, a twist takes you in a whole new direction. Some of the characters in this one carry on from earlier novels. But this is easily read as a stand-alone.
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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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