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The Watcher in the Wall (A Stevens and Windermere Novel) Hardcover – March 15, 2016
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Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint BCA-FBI violent crime task force have handled shocking cases before, but this one is different. Stevens’s daughter, Andrea, is distraught over a classmate’s suicide, but what the two investigators find is even more disturbing—an online suicide club of unhappy teenagers, presided over by an anonymous presence who seems to be spurring them on. Soon, it becomes apparent that the classmate wasn’t the first victim—and won’t be the last, either, unless they can hunt down this psychopath once and for all.
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“[Laukkanen is] a talented painter of individual scenes…. Fans of Tess Gerritsen and Linda Castillo should make a note of this author’s name.” — USA Today
“Known for his powerful and suspenseful stories Laukkanen continues this pattern with his latest book. …This chilling story is gut wrenching. A word of warning make sure you have the time to read it because you will not want to put it down.” — The Military Press
“The author's experiences give this novel psychological depth and an urgency that drives the book and its readers to a breathless conclusion.” — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“[An] eerily timely and poignant book … It’s a true page-turner up to the final act, which quickly escalates into a fiery exchange of gunfire and action-packed pursuit of the perp.”— BookPage
“Owen Laukkanen knows which crimes and misdemeanors are too monstrous to be ignored.” — New York Times Book Review
“A gut-wrenching tale filled with empathy for alienated teens. This may be the best yet in a first-rate series.” — Kirkus, starred review
“This is a guaranteed lost weekend for Laukkanen’s fans and for anyone those
seeking a Lee Child–like adrenaline rush.” — Booklist
“Laukkanen’s best novel to date. I found this novel irresistible. If you haven’t already discovered Laukkanen’s Windermere-Stevens series, this is the book to start.” — The Globe and Mail
Praise for The Stolen Ones
“From start to finish, The Stolen Ones is a fast-moving and satisfying thriller. Laukkanen is a first-class storyteller.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Laukkanen is gifted at creating relatable characters, and readers will happily tear through it. The combination of breakneck pacing, scarily plausible evils, and steadily rising stakes culminates in an explosive finale.” —Booklist
“Savage, cathartic . . . Laukkanen deftly mixes sharp social criticism with bleak white-knuckle suspense.” —Publishers Weekly
“Fans of The Professionals will be delighted. Here it is not the criminals who are intriguing, but rather the victims who turn out to be far stronger and more remarkable than originally anticipated. Recommended for fans of well-written, thought-provoking thrillers.” —Library Journal
“Intense and fast-paced, with an intriguing storyline. An insightful look at morality and greed [in] an action-packed plot.” —Blackfive
“Here is my one-word review of The Stolen Ones: Whoa. Owen Laukkanen is rapidly becoming the king of the one-night reads. The Stolen Ones will make you a believer. You will also wonder why Laukkanen is not a household name in the constellation of thriller authors. Read this one (and his backlist) and spread the word. These books are amazing.”
About the Author
His previous Stevens and Windermere novels are The Professionals, Criminal Enterprise, Kill Fee, and The Stolen Ones. The Professionals was nominated for the Barry Award and International Thriller Writers Award for best first novel, as well as the Spinetingler Award for Best Novel: New Voice. Criminal Enterprise was nominated for the ITW Award for best novel. Both books, as well as Kill Fee, appeared on several best-of-the-year lists.
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons; 1st Edition (March 15, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399174540
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399174544
- Item Weight : 1.26 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.19 x 9.35 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,715,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is not my go-to genre but I was looking for something with a creepy edge when I bought this book. This is my first Owen Laukkanen book and I hope everything else is available in hardcover because that’s the way I prefer my favorites.
So this is the fifth book in this series and you do not have to read them in order to enjoy and understand what’s going on. Like most series, you may benefit from starting with the first book in the series if you want to see the characters introduced and follow the development.
I really like both the characters Stevens and Windermere. As I started with this book, I don’t entirely know their back stories. Stevens appears to be a family man and balances out the zealous Windermere. She rushes in to situations in this book and thinks about the repercussions for herself.
It’s a book about a lot of problems, bullying, internet predators, suicide, depression, law loopholes, child abuse and the lasting effects. The writing and presentation of the book are spot on. There is a solid conclusion. I hate to be left with questions at the end of a book. The most important thing, I started this book with the intention of testing it to see if it could hold my interest. It did, and I read in every spare minute and was excited to settle in this evening and finish it.
There’s a chat forum on line for everything these days- even death. Adrian Miller is a young teenager who is constantly bullied. The one friend he thought he had turned his back on him. All there is left for him is this forum, this site, one girl. A suicide pact. She wants to watch him hang himself to screw up her courage. He records it all for her with his web cam.
Andrea, Steven’s daughter, is his class mate. She feels hurt and remorse- wants the guilty party to pay. How do you tell your teen daughter there is no guilty party in a suicide? She wants the jocks that drove him to suicide punished, but that won’t do. Stevens fears having to tell his daughter his hands are tied until a student comes up talking about the suicide forum. Looking into it, they learn about the girl from the pact. Convinced she is another victim, one they might save, they leap into action. Ashley Frey must be saved.
What if, though, Ashley isn’t in danger? What if she doesn’t exist? The more they dig into this site the more they realize that they have a problem. The girl they want to save is a perpetrator, luring kids into suicide and selling films of their death. It is a race against the clock to find this killer before they can do it all again.
I don’t want to give too much away, so I will leave it at that. I loved the book. While it wasn’t my favorite of the series (Windermere may have gone from bad-cop to lunatic-cop a few too many times), I feel like it was good and necessary for the advancement of the series. You see some of the “supercop’s” issues, her pain, and get to know her better. With the next book in the series (and there had better be one), we should see a lot of personal growth there.
This book came out last Tuesday (3-15-2016). I highly recommend it- heck, go get the whole series! You won’t be sorry.
On the adult content scale I give it a seven. Obviously, it has a lot of violence. The language is there, but minimal considering.