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I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

I Am Watching You

by Teresa Driscoll

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What a great turn twister! I did not guess it at all. The whole time I thought it was... spoiler!!... Sarah's father. It's about a missing girl and different viewpoints of the friend, witness, P.I. and the friend's father. Great story and writing. Ending was amazing! I couldn't put it down. ( )
  booklover3258 | Jan 8, 2019 |
A great suspense novel about a missing girl told in three perspectives: the friend, the witness, the father.

Ella is on a train and witnesses two girls flirting with two young men who were recently released from prison. After ignoring her maternal instincts to contact the girls’ parents, Ella finds out the next morning that one of the girls, Anna, has gone missing.

A year later Anna is still missing but her friend Sarah (the girl with her on the trip) and Anna’s parents seem to be hiding secrets. Someone knows where Anna is, but who is it? ( )
  Lauranthalas | Nov 30, 2018 |
I Am Watching You estuvo escrito por Teresa Driscoll y se publicó en otoño del 2017.

Ella Longfield, la protagonista de la novela, se encuentra en un tren cuando escucha cerca de ella a un par de jovencitas, Anna y Sarah, entablar animosa conversación con dos jóvenes. Al principio no se sospecharía nada, pero ambos muchachos acaban de salir de prisión y los cuatro están planeando juntarse y disfrutar de la vida nocturna de Londres.

Ella, naturalmente, quisiera interferir pero decide controlarse y dejar pasar el hecho. La mañana siguiente una de las jóvenes (Anna) se encuentra desaparecida y la culpabilidad carcome a Ella.

Un año ha transcurrido y la media deja filtrar la información de que Ella fue testigo de algunos acontecimientos claves antes de la desaparición de Anna. Alguien empieza a enviar cartas a Ella en sobres negros y letras recortadas de revistas. La señora empieza a temer por su vida.

I Am Watching You combina misterio y thriller y narra una historia ambientada en varias locaciones de Inglaterra. Es una novela que va alternando personajes. Ella Longfield es The Witness (La Testigo) y su punto de vista es presentado en primera persona. También tenemos a Sarah (La Amiga), Matthew (el Investigador Privado), Henry Ballard (El Padre de Anna), entre otros con menos participación, pero igual de importantes. Todos los capítulos, con excepción de los de Ella y “The Watcher”, están narrados en tercera persona.

Después de ver la portada del libro en las redes sociales, recordé que lo tenía en mi librería virtual gracias a Amazon Kindle First. Investigué un poco sobre la novela y vi que tenía excelente puntuación entre muchos lectores. Aquello me incentivó a leerlo y la verdad es que tenía altas expectativas. Me imaginé algo quizás tan sorprendente como "Behind Her Eyes", o tan elaborado como "Gone Girl".

Las comparaciones con "The Girl on the Train" son válidas, pero la novela de Paula Hawkins la supera con creces.

Teresa Driscoll escribe muy bien, debo admitir. También supo elaborar su historia, supo cuáles hilos expandir, cuáles detalles guardar y cuáles movimientos dar a sus personajes dentro del argumento. I Am Watching You es una historia sólida, pero he leído muchas mejores y por eso no me permito a darle mejor puntuación. ( )
  JorgeLC | Apr 28, 2018 |

This was another audiobook to keep me company while running. It is only this year that I have really got into audiobooks and I have discovered a curious thing – even if I don’t particularly like an audiobook, somehow it seems to keep my attention, in a way that a physical book which I wasn’t enjoying, would not be able to do. This book kind of falls into that category.

The story is told from multiple points of view, but it kind of feels like Ella Longfield’s story, as hers is the only point of view narrated in the first person. Ella is on a train journey when she overhears two young men chatting up two girls. When it becomes apparent that the two men have just been released from prison, Ella becomes alarmed and considers intervening but decides not to. However, the next morning one of the girls, Anna Ballard, has gone missing and Ella feels guilty that she did not step in.

Cut to a year later – Anna has still not been found, and Ella is full of guilt. She starts receiving threatening postcards from an anonymous sender, which tell her that she is being watched. Meantime, the investigation into Anna’s disappearance rumbles on, with chapters told by Ella herself (‘The Witness), Anna’s father (‘The Father’), Anna’s friend Sarah who was with her on the train (‘The Sister’) and Matt, a private detective who Ella employs to find out who is sending the postcards (‘The Private Detective’). There are also very occasional chapters narrated by ‘Watcher’ whose identity for obvious reasons, is not revealed. It soon becomes obvious that everyone connected to Anna has secrets and throughout the story it seems that any one of them could be guilty.

So far, so interesting. The premise is great – what would you have done? Would you have intervened? Would you have left well alone? Would you feel guilty in Ella’s position? And of course there is the whodunnit angle…who is sending the postcards? And what really happened to Anna?

So – there was plenty about this book that kept me listening. However, there were also things that annoyed me. Ella was not a particularly interesting narrator or main character. Can I go so far as to call her dull? (Yes, is the answer.) And considering that actually, she didn’t do anything wrong, she carries a tremendous amount of guilt, almost making the case all about her. I didn’t mind the multiple points of view that narrated the different chapters, and in fact I did particularly like Matt the private detective, albeit a lot of his personal story (his wife had a baby and he learns to adjust to fatherhood) was irrelevant. However, each chapter had a cliffhanger which was obviously a ploy to keep the reader/listener interested, but just ended up being a bit annoying and felt contrived.

The other problem was the ending. Okay, so I didn’t guess who the culprit was, but the things is that I don’t believe anyone guessed, because there was absolutely nothing – no clues, no hints – given earlier on. It seems slightly unfair to keep readers guessing and then to spring a culprit on them out of left-field. The best mysteries to me are when you are surprised by the identity of the culprit but then realise that the clues were there all along.

Overall, I would say that if, like me, you are listening to this in an effort to distract you from something else, it does the trick, but otherwise I probably would not recommend it. Fans of psychological thrillers or whodunnits can find similar stories done much better. ( )
  Ruth72 | Mar 29, 2018 |
5 friends are to go on a trip together. 3 cancel leaving 2 to go alone. One goes home, one goes missing. ( )
  Sharn | Mar 6, 2018 |
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An Amazon Charts bestseller. What would it take to make you intervene? When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it-until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she's decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls-beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard-has disappeared. A year later, Anna is still missing. Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do, and she's not the only one who can't forget. Someone is sending her threatening letters-letters that make her fear for her life. Then an anniversary appeal reveals that Anna's friends and family might have something to hide. Anna's best friend, Sarah, hasn't been telling the whole truth about what really happened that night-and her parents have been keeping secrets of their own. Someone knows where Anna is-and they're not telling. But they are watching Ella.… (more)

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