IT’S EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE…BUT ONE SHE WILL NOT ACCEPT
In an unthinkable flash, Emmy Fisher’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Leah, seemingly drowns close to shore one summer night—at least that is what the police report says.
In deep grief, Emmy needs time and courage before she can enter Leah’s bedroom. But when she does, she finds something at first bewildering, then unspeakable, as she begins to understand the full implications…
She uncovers evidence that Leah had been secretly involved with someone, someone perhaps older, someone with dark appetites.
Bit by bit, the last few months of Leah’s life unfold in a terrifying way that Emmy can hardly imagine.
All she knows is that she has to find the person who took her sweet daughter’s innocence. No matter the cost.
The truth will set her free. Or bury her.
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About the Author
Courtney Evan Tate is the nom de plume for New York Times bestselling author, Courtney Cole. Courtney Evan Tate is her darker side... the side that explores shadowy places.
Courtney lives in Florida with her husband and kids. She has a passion for raising drug addiction awareness, the Marine Corp (her middle son is a Marine) and being introspective on the human condition.
To learn more about her, you can visit www.courtneyevantate.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The story was interesting but I didn't really like many of the characters and I figured out who the bad guy was pretty early in th book. I will read more by this author.
Emmy Fisher is the mother of 15-year-old Leah. Receiving news that Leah has drowned while out one night has her deep in grief. It's only when she goes into her daughter's bedroom that the questions begin. Her daughter, it seems, has been in a relationship with an older man ... someone who had o hesitation in taking Leah's innocence and not in a good way. Leah's life was nothing like her mother imagined. Why did she not know? Why did her daughter not turn to her for help? And was her drowning a suicide ... or murder? This is a well written page turner. Narrated back and forth in time by the mother and daughter, the telling of the story was nicely paced and blended seamlessly. The characters are finely drawn. Emmy's quest to find the man Leah was involved with leads her to a possible three suspects that all hint to having secrets. This one kept me glued from first to last. Many thanks to the author / Harlequin-Mira / Netgalley for the digital copy of this psychological thriller. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Favorite Quotes: She wants to sit and float on top of her board, staring at the moon, pretending the rays hitting her skin are fairy dust. Bars always smell the same, even when they have open windows on the end of a pier. Like… old peanuts and neon lights, and felt-top pool tables and desperation. My Review: This cleverly paced and well-contrived tale started slowly and gradually built into a gripping tale that occasionally had me cringing and frequently found me biting my cuticles. I had narrowed down my list of suspects from four to two before all hell broke loose and removed all doubt. The premise was original and relevant and unfortunately could happen all too easily in any society. Ms. Tate’s writing was emotive and evocatively detailed, conjuring keen visuals in my cranium as I read. Her active storylines were cunningly constructed and perfectly pitched for each idiosyncratic character. While the subject matter was a bit disturbing given the inappropriate and predatory behaviors involving a minor, the narrative was more intensely driven toward the well-crafted intrigue and mystery rather than provocative sensuality, although there was some of that as well. I was fully invested and bristling with curiosity as I gathered clues, formulated theories, and cast aside possible perpetrators, but I would never have anticipated this conclusion. Courtney Evan Tate is a sly and crafty wordsmith. This was my first exposure to her clever arrangements of words and I anticipate delving into many more.
3.5 Stars A missing child is a common premise in a lot of thriller books, and I've read a lot of them. Here we have a fifteen year old girl who simply vanished while in the water. This is where things get very interesting. I'll Be Watching You kept me turning the pages until the story's conclusion, with enough twists and turns to separate the book from other thrillers with a similar lost child theme. Though I found the protagonist’s poor judgement frustrating at times, she redeemed herself through her character growth and brought the novel to a satisfying conclusion. Dark, compelling and suspenseful, jumping from past to present, but in a good way that enhances the story and sheds light on the characters. I'll Be Watching You is an engaging book, one that I devoured in one sitting, as I found it impossible to put down. I was torn between wanting to know about Leah's secrets and hoping Emmy's investigation wouldn't uncover anything too painful for a mother to find out. I found the book to be fast paced, with a great plot and story-line. The author was able to keep my attention, and has great writing skills. I have become tired of missing children books, but this was different as I found myself tearing though the pages to see what happened to Leah. The book is full of suspense with a lot of twists and I think anyone who enjoys thrillers, will like this book very much. The ending was a bit of a let down so I took away half a star. I loved Ms. Tate's writing style, and will read more of her books.