The Watcher

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The Watcher

Volume 1

The Watcher grabs you from the first page and it doesn't let up on the tension until the explosive finale.

This is one of the best thrillers I've read in long time. The author doesn't rush you through the story--you're given time to get to know the two main characters and the villain--but everything you learn increases the tension and danger. The story skillfully weaves in past and present. There are a number of unexpected twists and turns.

I was truly impressed the author's accurate portrayal of police investigation, criminal profiling and her ability to get into the mind of the villain as a result. The killer is disturbing (and very creepy) on so many levels but at same time the author creates some sympathy while not excusing the killer's actions.

The personal relationship between Kate and Ben is also filled with tension--both sexual and as a result of their past secrets. It enhances rather than distracts from the focus of the story, which is catching the killer and it certainly ups the ante in this story.

The Watcher would make a great movie!

I'll be looking for the next book from Jo Robertson.

Book Blurb for The Watcher

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. Working on sheer tenacity, she sets out to prove it. Deputy Sheriff Ben Slater hides his personal pain behind the job, but Kate's arrival knocks his world on its axis. He wants to believe her wild theory, but the idea of a serial killer with this pathology is 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 and wants nothing more than to kill her "again."

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2011 5.00