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Someone Is Watching Paperback – Mar 24 2015
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"A page-turning ride." —Kirkus Reviews
"For more than 40 years now, Joy Fielding has been churning out blood-curdling bestsellers with staggering consistency. Her latest and 25th novel―Someone Is Watching―contains many of the Fielding signatures: a strong female heroine, an unknown evil-doer and a mystery that will keep you reading well past lights-out."
―The Globe and Mail
About the Author
JOY FIELDING is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Charley's Web, Heartstopper, Mad River Road, See Jane Run, and other acclaimed novels. Someone Is Watching is Joy's twenty-fifth novel. She divides her time between Toronto and Palm Beach, Florida. Visit her website at www.JoyFielding.com.See all Product Description
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Bailey is a recent rape victim. She was working as an investigator and a night of surveillance ended in her worst nightmare. The event haunts her and she can't let go of the terror. She never saw the rapist, only remembers certain features and the words "tell me you love me". Her life is falling apart, she can't work , she can't eat, she can't sleep, her whole existence is reliving the event in her head and seeing every man she meets as her possible rapist. She has no one she can rely on. Not Heath, her irresponsible brother who lives every day as a party. Travis, her old boyfriend, almost as irresponsible as Heath, and Heath's best friend? Or her married boyfriend? One of her five half siblings, they are currently suing her, so that isn't likely and she doesn't seem to have many friends. Then her half sister Claire, swoops in to put the pieces of Bailey back again. And while her first notion is that Claire is sucking up to get on her good side so she'll share her father's fortune, she soon finds that Claire is a godsend. She feeds her, takes care of her, stays with her, does her laundry, gets her to a therapist, and the two sisters develop a closeness that surprises Bailey, as they have never had any relationship in the past. Heath and Bailey are products of their father's third marriage, they had it all, while it seems their father forgot about his families before them. Bailey had a doting father, grew up in a beautiful house, had whatever she wanted, and his entire fortune was left to Heath and Bailey.Read more ›
The best thing about the book was illustrating how psychologically devestating rape is. The transformation of a confident young woman to someone who is a shadow of herself, waking with nightmares and compulsively checking her doors and locks was quite powerful. The "Rear Window" aspect to the story was also creepy and intriguing. But ultimately, the plot was a little thin for me. And I didn't quite buy that a very wealthy beautiful young woman would work as a PI. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable read.
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Thank you!
All in all, I was not impressed
Found the character of Bailey to be quite paranoid to the point of it being over the top. Given that the character has been attacked I did cut her some slack- however I found the book to be lacklustre in that through the entire book, nothing much really happens until a few pages to the end.
Yes the tiny buildup to the ending has some creepy suspense and the -whodunit- is discovered ( and I had kind of figured it out,) but I don't think I would read this author again only because for me the writing is not challenging enough or anything you can sink your reading chops into. However, if you are looking for a light/ fast/ easy read this is a good book for you.
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This is a pretty good book, but it is just a bit long, with a lot of repetition. Could have been just as good if it were shorter, with less redundant writing. Read morePublished 9 months ago by reader
I can usually get through a Joy Fielding book in two days....this one took a lot longer. Not her best work, but I still love her!Published 9 months ago by Karen A Burns
It took me awhile to get into it. I am a HUGE Joy Fielding fan and felt this book really lacked luster when compared to her other books. Read morePublished 10 months ago by SGC