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The Watcher in the Wall (A Stevens and Windermere Novel)

by Owen Laukkanen

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[The Watcher in the Wall] by Owen Laukkanen
Stevens & Windermere series Book #5
5★'s

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Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint BCA-FBI violent crime task force have handled shocking cases before, but this one is different. Stevens’s daughter, Andrea, is distraught over a classmate’s suicide, but what the two investigators find is even more disturbing—an online suicide club of unhappy teenagers, presided over by an anonymous presence who seems to be spurring them on. Soon, it becomes apparent that the classmate wasn’t the first victim—and won’t be the last, either, unless they can hunt down this psychopath once and for all.

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It appears that there is someone encouraging teenagers on a suicide website to enter into a pack with the administrator of the site to not only kill themselves but are encouraged to film their death. This person leads them to believe that they are also suicidal and will die with them. Stevens and Windermere realize that there is a very sick and evil internet predator that is preying on susceptible youngsters and selling these recordings on the black websites.

A back story is taking place at the same time. A 15 year old boy is brutally abused by his alcoholic step-father. For some reason he feels that he has the right to prey on his step-sister and encourage her to kill herself. He has been watching her for several months and seeing her die is the high point of his life and he tries again and again to reach this high point again by watching others die.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, the reader needs to be aware that it is a vey, very dark topic. You will want so badly to tell the 16 year old girl that is on a bus from Tampa to Louisville to meet, what she believes is a 16 year old desperate boy named Brandon…to just turn around and run…DON”T get off the bus. Unfortunately the story has so much truth to it that it should scare every parent to watch what and who your child is meeting on line. Don’t be too busy or too trusting…they are children and don’t always have good judgment. ( )
  Carol420 | Sep 10, 2016 |
Holy Moley! This book was a definite 10 on the reader scale for me. Some of the characters wer4e hard-core FBIies, others were very very scary predators and victims.

In the world of snuff films, there aren't many good people and the main character of this book certainly isn't one. His childhood was horrible, we get that - but some kids end up okay. Not Randall Gruber, who - at fifteen - made his step-sister commit suicide as he watched. That was the beginning.

FBI agents Stevens and Windermere are brought into it by Steven's high-school daughter who knows a boy who had just killed himself and she had done a little searching. What she found will create a new kind of hell for Carla Windermere and several victims of this predator.

Couldn't put it down. ( )
  macygma | Aug 27, 2016 |
Mediocre writing, a plot that wasn't very credible, an unbelievable ending.... other than that, not a bad book. It had plenty of action and moved along at a relatively brisk pace, but several of the sequences seemed forced and sort of 'made for TV', so instead of adding to the drama they just extended the book and had me asking myself whether what was happening was even physically possible.

'The Professionals' was a good start to this series. I don't know where 'The Watcher in the Wall' fits into his catalog, but the writing and plot are both significant steps back from his first novel. That one seemed pretty real and well thought out, this was a stretch. The biggest disappointment was the lack of development of the characters of Stevens and Windermere. What seemed like the beginning of a great team hasn't really moved forward from his initial writing in the series. ( )
  gmmartz | Jun 21, 2016 |
A very disturbing look at teen suicide using social media as the method a psychopath uses to convince vulnerable youth that they no longer have a reason to live. Windermere takes the lead in the book to track down the perpetrator as she finds the criminal feeding a personal demon she has lived with since her teenage years. The book is quite different from the earlier books in the series but does bring a serious topic to our attention. ( )
  alohaboy | Apr 25, 2016 |
Another fast page-turner from Laukkanen. I was glad to see all the Stevens/Windermere romance/relationship stuff not in this book. That never really felt right and it gives so much more focus to the store. Which, for me as the mother of a tween, I found more than a little disturbing thinking about teen suicide. But it was still a great book and again I'm back to waiting for the next installment. ( )
  she_climber | Apr 4, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399174540, Hardcover)

A heart-pounding new Stevens and Windermere thriller from the award-winning author of The Stolen Ones and The Professionals.
 
Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint BCA-FBI violent crime task force have handled shocking cases before, but this one is different. Stevens’s daughter, Andrea, is distraught over a classmate’s suicide, but what the two investigators find is even more disturbing—an online suicide club of unhappy teenagers, presided over by an anonymous presence who seems to be spurring them on. Soon, it becomes apparent that the classmate wasn’t the first victim—and won’t be the last, either, unless they can hunt down this psychopath once and for all.

(retrieved from Amazon Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:37:44 -0400)

When a student's suicide is tied to a disturbing online suicide club of unhappy teens, Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere discover that an anonymous psychopath is manipulating the teens into self-destructive acts.

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