Are You Watching Me?: DS Claire Boyle, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Stalking, addiction and obsession - Detective Claire Boyle returns in this gripping new psychological thriller from Sinead Crowley, for fans of Patricia Gibney and Angela Marsons.
Dear Elizabeth, I've been watching you. I hope to see you...soon.
Liz Cafferky is on the up. Rescued from her dark past by the owner of a drop-in centre for older men, Liz soon finds herself as the charity's face - and the unwilling darling of the Dublin media. Amidst her claustrophobic fame, Liz barely notices a letter from a new fan.
But then one of the centre's clients is brutally murdered, and Elizabeth receives another, more sinister note. Running from her own ghosts, Liz is too scared to go to the police. And with no leads, there is little Sergeant Claire Boyle can do to protect her.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 57 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 02, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #95,981 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,855 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,732 in Women Sleuth Mysteries
#6,208 in Psychological Thrillers (Books)
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It's a simple premise; a drop in centre run by people with a past, a stalker and murder. But what's the connection? As the story gathers pace and more characters are introduced, it's difficult to second guess the outcome. The plotting is great with intrigue and suspense in equal measure. A strong sense of location and a great central character, Boyle, holding it all together as she hunts the killer. A couple of interesting developments with her colleagues and I enjoyed the realistic dialogue and exchanges. There's a real human interest side to this book; how a new mother with her sight set on her career manages the conflicting demands of her baby, husband, home and work. As a secondary theme, it's well handled.
I like Boyle. She's believable and a bit left of centre, so easy to empathise with who she is and how she works. All in all, a great follow up and I'm convinced this is a series which will go from strength to strength. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
My thanks to the publisher for ARC via Netgalley.
I found the Police procedural aspect of the book to be good but there was for me a bit too much peripheral stuff going on around and about that I was, at times distracted from the point of things. I know most people have secrets and pasts but to have so many main characters in the same book with them really was imo a little OTT. Coupled with Boyle's personal life (which I grew not to care about) I did find it quite hard at times following the plot as it twisted and turned itself and by the end of the book, I didn't much care who had done it!
I also found the characterisation to be a little hit and miss. I know that people display different sides of their personalities to different people and often hide behind masks but I found the characters in this book to be inconsistent enough for me to get in a bit of a pickle sometimes with who was who!
I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Its based around a drop in center for men. Men start dying
The there is Liz who is media connected to Facebook, twitter and the like, but when she receives a 'fan' message things start to turn.
I loved Liz [and still do] from the book Can anybody help me? but for me, although the story was OK, Liz won out for me, she was still the character like before, it was the plot that let it down for me.
There were quite a few people in this book to keep up with too.
This still is a good book, although not as fast paced and 'unputdownable' as her first for me.
Top reviews from other countries
The drop in centre is run by Tom who gave Liz Cafferky a job when she was down on her luck and so she is unable to refuse when he wants her to do a TV interview to raise the profile of the drop-in centre with the aim to garner donations. There’s a downside for Liz though, she has become a bit of a media star and now she’s getting unwanted attention.
Meanwhile Claire Boyle is back at work following her maternity leave and feeling that all too familiar feeling of guilt despite her husband Matt staying at home to mind the baby. That’s until one of the drop-in centre’s regulars is murdered then her mind is focussed on the investigation.
I love this author’s work, it should be classed as a police procedural, after all there is an investigation with a solid mystery with the obligatory red-herrings and devilish plotting but we are also treated to a far more in-depth view of those civilians caught up in the investigation. By that I don’t mean a cursory this is how a major crime investigation impacts my life but we are given full insight into Liz Cafferky’s life beforehand too. This gives the book a totally different feel to the more traditional police procedural, a welcome one that gives this book a feeling of weight. Of course this approach wouldn’t work if the other secondary characters weren’t also fully fleshed out and there is something appealing about the care and compassion shown towards the visitors to Tír na nÓg that had me feeling quite sentimental at times. These are real people, not cardboard cut-outs and the interactions between themselves is as equally heart-warming, on the whole, after all this isn’t a book populated by saints!
You could be forgiven for expecting that with so many character-led scenes that the tension dips as we join the men in a game of cards or a chat but it really doesn’t, the feeling of foreboding is lurking at the edges whilst Liz tries to put her dodgy letters to the back of her mind and wonder instead at her new media personality the reader is still pondering a murder and a stalker so there really is a lot going on! I am thoroughly impressed by the author’s skill at keeping the tension high whilst at times, particularly at the end allowing me the release of the odd tear as that is how much I cared about some of the people I met through this book.
If I had one minor criticism it’s that Claire seems a little bit harder and so a little less approachable than when she appeared in Can Anybody Help Me? but then she’s had a baby, and so her slightly more brusque style is understandable.