Book Review: Someone is Watching by Joy Fielding

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Someone is Watching Book Cover Someone is Watching
Joy Fielding
psychological thriller
Bonnier Zaffre
December 1st 2016
Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

'Gripped me from the first to the very last page'
- Tess Gerritsen

The Girl on the Train meets Rear Window in this gripping novel from a queen of psychological suspense.

Bailey Carpenter is a smart and savvy private investigator until a horrific attack leaves her trapped at home in her Miami high-rise apartment, crippled by paranoia.

Everywhere she looks, she sees the face of her attacker.

Including in the apartment directly opposite her.

Where someone is watching.

A tour de force from a master of psychological suspense, Joy Fielding's devilish and gripping novel will have you holding your breath until the very end.

“Oh, God! I don’t want to be in her shoes!”

That was my first thought when I started this book. 

What happens when you are a victim and you don’t know who is the predator? What happens when you see and hear your attacker everywhere? Even when there is no one there?

Bailey Carpenter has been attacked. Pulled in the bushes at night and raped. Now she is going through the hell. She can’t identify her attacker and she sees him everywhere. She hears him everywhere. The phone is ringing even when it is not actually ringing. She is afraid to get dress, she is afraid to eat, afraid to go outside her apartment.

Bailey’s hallucinations are mixed with her memories and it is hard to distinct what is real what is not. There are moments when you ask yourself when it is going to be over. Bailey is confused and she sees her rapist everywhere, in the elevator, in the gym, on the street, on the window across the street. She accuses almost every man she meets. Can mind of a victim be so confused?

A little help comes from her family. She is not in a good relationship with her half-siblings, so she doesn’t know how to react.  Do they really care about her or they are using her situation? There is only one way to find out.

Things go into a different direction when Bailey starts to stare with binoculars across the street. There is a man in the apartment across the street who brings different women at home every night. Then there is a woman, possibly the wife, who shows up in the apartment, but he is very cold with her. And then, there is violence.

Bailey becomes obsessed with the man. Is he an abuser? What did he do to his wife? Is she all right? Is it possible that he is the man who attacked her? What to say to the police? She cries wolf all the time! Why is she watching him? He deserves privacy.

Doubts, doubts, doubts! All the time. She doesn’t even trust herself. Can her nightmare finally be over?

If you are a fan of The Girl on the Train, you gonna love this book. It is quite different, but also quite similar when it comes to the main character. There are parts of the story when you want the doubts to be over, it’s like crying wolf all the time. But there are parts when the story becomes intriguing and grippy. The end itself is not predictable, which is a big plus, but also it didn’t leave my jaw opened. There are twists and unpredictable moments making this book more interesting. After finishing the story, I think that it definitely deserves a try.

My opinion: 3,5 /5



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