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Someone to Watch Over Me: A Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Judith McNaught
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
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Nov. 1 2003
#1 New York Times bestselling author Judith McNaught crafts a thrilling tale filled with unrelenting suspense, unforgettable characters, and powerful undercurrents of greed, ambition, and desire.
Leigh Kendall reveled in her stellar Broadway acting career and in her marriage to Logan Manning, scion of an old New York family. When her husband finds the perfect mountain property for their dream house, he decides to surprise Leigh with her first view of the site. Driving upstate on a winter's night, Leigh is run off the road in the midst of a blinding blizzard. When she awakes in the local hospital, seriously injured, the police inform her that her husband has mysteriously disappeared, and Leigh, although obviously distraught, becomes the focus of their suspicions. The more she discovers about her husband and his business affairs, the less she realizes she knew about Logan Manning. Now, Leigh is heading deeper and deeper into unknown territory...where friends and enemies are impossible to distinguish, and where the truth becomes the most terrifying weapon of all.

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Night Whispers, McNaught's first romantic suspense novel (after a host of historicals), hit the charts hard, and this solid follow-up looks to do the same. Legendary stage actress Leigh Kendall is starring in a Broadway play, lives in a fabulous apartment and adores her husband, Logan Manning, a handsome, rich and virile businessman. After an afternoon performance, she's off to meet Logan in their country cabin, where he's promised an evening of lust and love in front of a roaring fire. Her life changes forever when she drives over an embankment in a snowstorm and barely escapes death. After waking up bruised and battered in the hospital, she finds Logan missing, her rival performing her part in the play, a creepy stalker sending expensive flowers and the evil Michael Valente, a business acquaintance of her husband's, being suspiciously attentive. Leigh checks out of the hospital and begins a frantic search for Logan aided by a team of detectives from the NYPD. As the search intensifies, she begins to learn secrets that expose her golden marriage as a fraud and her husband as a serial cheater. A romantic subplot features two of the cops investigating her case, the chiseled Lt. Mitchell McCord and rookie detective Samantha Littleton, who partner up in more ways than one. Leigh proves to be a stalwart if privileged heroine who finds a knight in shining armor in an unexpected corner of her past. The suspense is not terribly suspenseful, and several plot threads go uncollected, but romance is McNaught's bread and butter and she serves it up in abundance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, after all! May 17 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I usually trust the amazon.com reviewers to help me decide so I dragged my feet on reading this one because of mixed reviews but finnally found it in a thrift store for .75 cents and figured I what the heck!
Anyway, I knew being a long time fan of Ms McNaught I would not be disappointed! I started it friday afternoon and was done with it the next day! It was a page turner as usual. For those that found Leigh could not get over her husband so soon well that may be true, but for me it sounded like it was a marriage where they had grown apart anyway and Leigh was just holding on. I don't know where everyone got this great love between the two of them, he was always preoccupied and plied her with expensive gifts and she seemed to just be comfortable with him from knowing him for so long. Leigh was living in a dream world anyway and when that shattered it is only natural to seek comfort in someone from you past if they happened to be around. I loved Michael, I thought their relationship was deep if you realized the connection the shared.
For those that said the secondary charaters stole the show well personally I disagree, I was actually less than interested in their story and found their romance forced. Ms McNaught wanted you to see the connection but I really didnt' believe it. I found it hard to believe they had this great connection that they did but I did not like Sam anyway so that could be it.
For those that felt "robbed" by the whole stalker thing, well I never thought it was going to be a stalker, it was never written on the back page not even alluded to, he was not mentioned that much in the book. He was sort of just in the background and I never expected him to be anything of substance just someone to throw you off the trail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best Feb. 28 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm fairly new to Judith McNaught's books, so I really cannot compare "Someone To Watch Over Me" to her previous books, but
I disagree with the negative reviews that claim that the book's content and plausibility were lacking in any way. Perhaps the role of Leigh Kendall's stalker was amplified by the cover jacket, when in fact, the stalker is a shadowy, inconsequential figure in the recesses of the background. Two love stories played out in the pages of McNaught's book, but one did not override the importance and significance of the other, because they were both poignantly thought out. The burgeoning romance between Sam and Mack didn't overshadow the main love story of Leigh and Michael, but instead it added depth and layers in ways that other writers are incapable of doing successfully.
I loved the bittersweet heartache that Leigh and Michael experienced from their wrong-time beginning to their right-time ending. It is an amazing experience to be a witness to the power and endurance of love in any context, and Judith McNaught crafted a beautifully written story ripe with love's limitless boundaries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable, but with flaws Feb. 16 2004
By Risa
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've been reading the other reviews about this book , and I have to admit that a lot of them have valid points. I, too, am not new to Judith McNaught's books, so I know what they're saying. However, I personally really liked this book. I found the character of Michael Valente to be very interesting and different, and for me he is a memorable hero for a romance novel. I loved the circumstances of how he and Leigh Kendall knew each other, and I loved reading his thoughts. Basically, he's the reason I really liked the book; and he seemed a nice change from the usual romance novel hero. That being said, I do have to admit some faults that I found with the book.
First, as others have mentioned, I don't believe Leigh Kendall could have gone from a totally loving, devoted wife, to married to someone else in three months. No matter how disillusioned she had been after Logan's death, you don't get over a 13 year marriage in which you had been so emotionally involved in a mere three months; it's ridiculous.
Second, a lot of the book seems to be anti-climactic. There's a lot of hype built around Leigh's stalker, but at the end, I felt cheated. Why is he even mentioned on the back cover? After the book makes it seem like he's a pivotal character numerous times, at the end, like someone else said... nothing. The same with a lot of the rest of the story... too many loose ends that left me wondering "what was THAT?!" and also, overexplanation of those other things which the reader should be able to figure out.
haha, the love scene (which again, was mentioned before). Yes, really, what was that about her body being his violin? Although I have to admit that's not as bad as some of the other things I've read in other books.
I don't know..
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3.0 out of 5 stars Below the "McNaught Standards" Feb. 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Judith McNaught has been one of my favorite romance authors since I began reading this genre and I must say that this was not up to par with her usual titles. The book dwelled too much on secondary characters and the dialogue and descriptions became stilted. The humor was still there as well as the other characters we've encountered in her previous books, but the presence of these past characters completely overshadowed Leigh and Michael. I feel that it was a good "link" book because it tells us how the other characters from her previous books are doing but taken as itself, Someone to Watch Over Me was quite lacking. If you haven't read any Judith McNaught books, you'll actually get to like this book but many who have become familiar with this author's stamp will be disappointed. This book was not involving. I found myself skipping pages which never happened with her other books. It also didn't contain the usual elements of her writing style that brings out a rollercoaster of emotions for her readers. I'm hoping this does not become her method for writing romances in the future. I also hope she gets to finish Water's Edge which originally featured Leigh Kendall as its heroine and one that really caught my attention because based from the excerpt, Ms. McNaught would be delving into her very first time travel romance.
"Paradise", "Almost Heaven" and "Double Standards" remain my favorites among her books. But I give "Someone to Watch Over Me" three stars, nonetheless, because it was a relatively good book even it fell below my expectations of what a "McNaught read" is supposed to be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Someone to Watch Over Me
Classic Judith McNaught. A nice relaxing read. Hard to put down. The characters come to life. I'm always on the lookout for McNaught books!
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1.0 out of 5 stars still waiting
Dear Judith,
When are you going to write this book i have been waiting so many years to read it. I just love your style of writing. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2004 by Diana Deshone
1.0 out of 5 stars still waiting
Dear Judith,
When are you going to write this book i have been waiting so many years to read it. I just love your style of writing. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2004 by Diana Deshone
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
I love Judith McNaught. She's a great storyteller, so I couldn't wait to read this book. But in the end of it I felt like: This is IT? I was hugely disappointed. Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by Nathania E.
5.0 out of 5 stars More similar books in the future
I have all her books and I read them all. I would like to read some more similar in the NEAREST FUTURE. Thamk you for unforgetable moments.
Published on June 3 2004 by Renata Rupcic
5.0 out of 5 stars I want more
I loved this book, as I have enjoyed all of her books. When are we going to get a new one it's been way over a year.
Published on May 25 2004 by Carla Cofer
2.0 out of 5 stars If it's really nasty outside, this is better than daytime TV
I started this book on a rainy afternoon because it was handy and I'd have to put on a raincoat to go to the library and select another book. Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by Charles A. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story. I loved it!
Someone to Watch Over Me is a very good book by a great writer. The characters are written well and the story has so many twists and turns that it becomes hard to put down. Read more
Published on May 5 2004 by Addis Caplinger
1.0 out of 5 stars Trashy
I picked up this book because I'd read a review that made it sound like a mystery, and it was, for a while. Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by Judith C. Kinney
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Reading*
This was not the best by JM, but it was a good read. The beginning was a bit of a turn off what with all the flashbacks that I didn't understand much at first, but then it picked... Read more
Published on April 27 2004 by Shannon
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