Title: The Watcher
Author: Jo Robertson
Series: Bigler County, #1
Release Date: July 27, 2011
Review copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review
[box color: black]Forensic psychiatrist Kate Myers believes the killer of two teenage girls in Bigler County, California, is the same man who savagely murdered her twin sister over fifteen years ago.
Deputy Sheriff Ben Slater hides his personal pain behind the job, but Kate’s arrival in his county knocks his world on its axis. He wants to believe her wild theory, but the idea of a serial killer with the kind of pathology she proposes is too bizarre.
Together they work to find a killer whose roots began in a small town in Bigler County, but whose violence spread across the nation. A Janus-like killer, more monster than man, fixates on Kate. The killer wants nothing more than to kill “the purple-eyed girl again.”[/box]
Where to start with this book? It had everything I was looking for at the time. I love me a good juicy crime novel and sometimes, while I enjoy the crime, I miss my romance & the building of a relationship and watching it grow. So when I read the blurb for this book, I knew it was right up my street.
Now a little on the story;
Kate Myers, is a forensic psychiatrist, who sadly lost her sister over fifteen years ago. She has moved away but thoughts of the man that killed her sister consume her and she will not rest until she has justice. She has been watching for killings of a similar nature and has come to the conclusion that the person who is responsible for the murders of two teenage girls in California, is the same man who murdered her sister all those years ago. Kate arranges for a transfer to Bigler County, where the murders have taken place, and together with Deputy Sheriff Ben Slater, they work together to solve this case. But where is the romance I hear you yell? The more she works with Ben, the more she realizes she has feelings for him. But the Killer is stalking Kate, and for him it is a second chance at a murder he has already gotten away with……..and he wants to kill her all over again.
Will the Killer have a second chance at a murder he desperately wants to do again? Will Kate and Ben figure out who he is and what is so defining about him before time runs out? What is Ben hiding from Kate? AND most importantly will Kate and Ben get their happy ever after?! This is one you are going to have to read to find the answers, but I can promise you this, it is absolutely worth the time.
If you wouldn’t normally read crime and are a little put off by the concept, try not to let that hold you back from reading this book. For approximately the first third of the book, things start out slow, this is typical of a book with a crime involved, there is the need to build the case and for things to get going. In saying that, I was hooked from the prologue and I personally enjoyed the building of the case, but I know this is my inner forensic nerd at work here. Yes there are killings, although you are aware that they are there, the author does not go into the gory details of the murders. So if gore puts you off, I don’t think you will have a problem with the details that the author uses here.
I really enjoyed this book, I liked the progression of the pace of the narration as the story progressed and the building of the tension. The style of writing was just right for me and I would absolutely read this author again. This is a thriller of a read