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I Am Watching You

Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
4 out of 5 stars (126 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

What would it take to make you intervene?

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it - until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she's decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls - beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard - has disappeared.

A year later, Anna is still missing. Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do, and she's not the only one who can't forget. Someone is sending her threatening letters - letters that make her fear for her life.

Then an anniversary appeal reveals that Anna's friends and family might have something to hide. Anna's best friend, Sarah, hasn't been telling the whole truth about what really happened that night - and her parents have been keeping secrets of their own.

Someone knows where Anna is - and they're not telling. But they are watching Ella.

©2017 Teresa Driscoll (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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certainly a surprise in the end. Narration is low


Sound needs to be upgraded.This fault dettacts



from the tension building up in plot.

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Enjoyable real well narrated

Bit hard to follow at first and at the end but on the whole I enjoyed this unusual story line. Well read

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Interesting read....something different

Intriguing and engaging, skips around a lot, but gives clear picture of the characters.
Ending is unexpected.

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Mundane

I disliked this book a lot. The one word i would use to describe it would would be mundane. ugh!

I originally purchased this book based on 2 things the overall rating was high and the story line sounded intriguing.

One of the things i love about books is the emotional connection to characters. It does not matter if I love them or hate them the characters need to bring out an emotional response in me. These characters were flat, uninteresting, the book was filled with everyday things which instead of making the characters come alive made it dull.

While the overall story line was good and the ending was not predictable (which is why this got 2 stars) it certainly is not worth the slog of dragging yourself through the bland and boring to get there. The text surrounding and supporting the story line was empty and banal.

The performance was excellent.

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Absolutely loved it

Such a good book. Really enjoyed the twists along the way. I would definitely recommend.

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  • Sara
  • 15-07-2018

Creepy Thriller With Depth

This mystery accomplishes something many thrillers are unable to do by adding a sense of reality to the storytelling and a genuine expression of feeling for the victims of crime. What's more, the story places the listener in the scary position of suspecting almost everyone at different points in the book. There are so many back stories, twists and dark secrets that the ending sneaks up and really surprises. Unlike other reviews I've read elsewhere, I liked hearing all the personal details of life--managing a farm, complex families, raising teens and the daily running of a flower shop. I thought all this information made the book and the story much more firmly grounded in a strong sense of plausibility. In the end, this was a scary, sad and believable story. A powerful combo if you enjoy thrillers that immerse the reader deeply into the lives of the characters and story as it plays out. However, do be warned--it's creepy.

46 of 50 people found this review helpful

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  • Robin K
  • 21-07-2018

Could Not Have Been Done Better

Perhaps because my own family has suffered through the terrible aftermath of the murder of one of my daughters, who was just 17, I found the author's insightful portrayal of the crime's effects on the family and friends struck me more forcibly than it would the average person. It changes you and forever alters the way you view the world. The author does an excellent job of presenting the grief, helplessness, and bewilderment that impacts them as they try to simultaneously find answers regarding the fate of the missing teen and cope with continuing on with everyday life. The characters are well-rounded and the plot is sensitively developed with thoroughness and skill. The story is set out in chapters alternating between the point of views of a handful of characters: a teenage friend, a woman traveling on the same train to London who noticed the girls, the victim's father, and a private investigator that is hired to investigate mysterious envelopes being sent to the passenger after she comes forward with information concerning the train ride. This alternating POV style seems to be in vogue at the moment and I certainly understand the advantages it provides for the author, but it can get a bit annoying. That said, it was handled as skillfully as it could be done. The outstanding narration is what really impressed me. Ms. Knoweldon's presentation could not have been better done. Her pacing and inflections, as well as the varying dialects of the characters, were spot on. "After reading several highly-rated "bestsellers" and being extremely disappointed and perplexed at the public perception of "good writing", it was truly a pleasure to discover this title. I will certainly have my eye out for more from both the author and the narrator! Great job, ladies!

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • Cathy Glenn
  • 13-12-2018

Excellent listen

This one hooks you at the start and keeps you listening well beyond what you had planned.

There were several times my husband called me because I was sitting in my car well after I got home, because I wasn’t at a good stopping point!

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  • Catwhisperer
  • 19-12-2018

Wonderful

this story was great. The narrator has such a beautiful voice. Made the book so much more enjoyable to hear her voice and read along with the story.

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  • misty barbaree
  • 16-12-2018

hard to keep up with

When listening to just the audio at times its hard to keep up with who is talking. There are parts of the book that i felt could have been left out. To much build up for a ok ending in my opinion.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Sam
  • 26-10-2017

don't waste your time

I'm an avid audiobook listen and more than once I have found myself screaming in frustration at this book. I still haven't finished it; I am trying to suffer through. it actually could be condensed into four chapters the beginning a couple of notes from the middle and the end. This lady spent a whole chapter talking about how to arrange a flower bouquet but hasn't progressed the storyline at all and I'm on chapter 31

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  • Ginny Binny
  • 23-12-2018

Amazing Story

This is one of the best books i've ever read, the plot takes you to so many different places & just when you think you've figured it out there's another twist.

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  • Nate_D
  • 07-12-2018

Pretty good is appropriate.

3 stars on Audible reviews indicates "pretty good"... I would say that that description wraps up this book fairly well. It is not a bad book, but it is not great, either. It is yet another book in the Gone Girl, Girl on the Train, vein, but it does not live up to the level of those books. I Am Watching You just seems to spin in the mud. It tries to get unstuck, but just can't get out of the bog. Feels heavy and plodding, and that is unfortunate because I had high hopes for it. Again, it is not a bad book, and I enjoyed it to a point, but I was not sorry to see it go. If that description excites you, haha, then get to listening!

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  • Wayne
  • 11-01-2018

Very frustrating novel!

I did complete I Am Watching You, but it was a chore. The part I like least is the constant navel gazing by the protagonist. The story is sad from beginning to end. If there is a message in the story I missed it. The narration style is consistent with the sadness of the plot. I usually like dark psychological/suspense mysteries, but not in this case.

36 of 43 people found this review helpful

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  • aggiereader
  • 25-12-2018

Very well narrated

Narrator did an excellent job keeping you engaged in the story and making subtle changes to her voice which made it easy to recognize which character was talking.

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  • Caroline Mitchell
  • 23-10-2017

A Glowing Five Stars

Wow, I take my hat off to the author for this book, it was simply unputdownable. A tragic tale of a missing teenager which will have you asking yourself what you would have done had you been in Ella's shoes. I listened on audio and found myself prolonging my household chores just to listen to one more chapter, and driving a little slower when it played in the car. It's the sense of intrigue that carries this novel along nicely, the need to hear just another chapter to find out what happens next. There are several families involved with various characters and Teresa writes with such authenticity that you can see the story play out in your mind's eye. Unlike some books, you're never left wondering who a particular character is for very long as the author explains it very clearly. Everyone has secrets - which I loved. My sense of curiosity was on overdrive and the ending was brilliant, all the loose ends tied together beautifully without seeming rushed. It's easy to see why this book has been such a huge hit with readers and I look forward to her next offering, The Friend. Also, a note for the narrator. I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Knowelden and she did an amazing job of bringing this audiobook to life. A glowing five stars from me.

64 of 67 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-2018

Excellent

Very good from beginning to e nd, well written and great narration , would recommend

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • MO
  • 03-02-2018

Wonderful from start to finish.

An interesting and clever plot. Not overcomplicated or ridiculous. Brilliant characters. Recommended fully without hesitation.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-02-2018

Page turner!

Full of twists and turns, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well narrated and constructed, it’s never too predictable. The characters are believable for the most part, though there was a small glitch where three different characters all use the same phrase “done a bunk”. However that was the only annoyance (and yes I realise it’s tiny) for me. Overall I’d definitely recommend.

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • K. Sewell
  • 09-04-2018

Why was it not perfect?

The premise was a good one, but the telling of the story lacked tightness. There was hardly any need to have a blow by blow account of the detective's domestic situation, the dog's behavior, and other pointless descriptions. Far too many small observations that added nothing to the story.
Sloppy writing... "Done a bunk" said by various characters, and the expression "from the off" repeated countless times again by every character. How many times did we have to hear the daughter say "You disgust me" to her dad?

The reader has received many accolades in the reviews but I found her voice too breathless and slightly hysterical as a way of blowing drama into the narrative, even in places where it was definitely not called for.
She lacked that amazing skill some readers have to differentiate characters, in voice, accent and tonality.
Having said all this, I thought it was a fairly well thought out thriller. Congratulation. It has obviously done well.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Prof Alister Scott
  • 20-01-2018

Excellent Read

Gripping thriller had me guessing till the end . A definite read for anyone who loves a great thriller.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • ruby
  • 26-11-2017

Average

This book started well and I was intrigued. however it seemed to lose momentum quite quickly and I lost track of names and who was who. The narrator was okay and I got to the end but was a very forgettable story.

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  • Sir Lister
  • 03-11-2017

Very repetative

I struggled with this book, and found the twists and turns an anti climax. The story is told from different character points of view, with each one telling the same story over and over again. You can tell the author was trying to build tension, but I just found it frustrating. Each time a character would divulge something or get to the point, something would happen to stop them. They'd go over the same feelings and again and again and I felt like it didn't add to the story rather dragged it on for a few more hours. The ending was a little surprising, but by then I just wanted the story to be finished. Character development was good, but I found the main character "the witness" a bit wet and she annoyed me. Not for me at all, but the narration was good and the story did have potential, just too repetitive for me to enjoy.

24 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-10-2017

Great read

Great book a must read grip you from the first page. One I will recommend

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-10-2017

gripping and intense!

my first Audible book and what a story! incredible writing, gripping drama and clever twists in the plot line!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful