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Watched: Murder was Just the Beginning Paperback – June 8, 2011
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A fantastic read, full of suspense and excitement! Cindy M. Hogan writes brilliantly and she knows just how to keep you on the edge of your seat. It's virtually impossible to just relax reading this book and when you finish you feel as if you've been right there in the midst of it all!"
-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud
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Choices can make all the difference in your life. Go with Christy on a ride that forces her to make decisions she never thought would be placed before her so early in her life. How would your choices differ?
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What would you do if you had been a witness to a gruesome murder? What would you do if you felt that the people responsible had eyes on you at all times? Everywhere you turned, everywhere you looked, and every time you spoke…they knew what you were saying? Hogan has an invigorating and suspenseful young adult thriller which will have the reader enticed to learn more about the heroine, Christy and the band of students in which she travels with.
Being a political venture, Christy is young and very trusting. This new scholarship that she has won will allow her to make changes in her life. She does have some bravery, but it all flees upon arriving in a new area with other students who do not know her very well. During this adventure in her life, she does make a numerous amount of mistakes, but one mistake could cost her life and the lives of the group of students accompanying her. Upon stumbling into a well-guarded hotel, making a run for the restrooms, she gets this eerie feeling of possibly been watched. After hearing some voices, she decides to investigate. Thinking that she would find a camera of some perverse way in the stall, she looks through the vents and finds herself fascinated by the suspicious discussion being held in the adjoining ballroom. One thing leads to another and before Christy knows anything is awry, blood has been spilled and one man has been beheaded. Fleeing the bathroom undetected becomes her and her group’s utmost importance, but after the escape…Christy still has an uncertain sense of being watched. What can Christy do to prevent her group from further danger?
Hogan has a great plot, one filled with excitement, entertainment and suspense. The character development is a bit under developed, but these are teenagers after all. This review is complimenting the audiobook. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced and the narrator was a great fit. She changed pitch and vocalization for every character and added sounds for special effect. There were little to no errors that could be heard within this audiobook, which will make it that much more enjoyable for the reader. If you are a reader of young adult suspense and mystery, you may want to pick this one up. Since this is the first installment in the Watched Trilogy, you are able to jump right on in.
I was also disappointed in the weakness of Christy, the heroine. A lovely, intelligent girl, but almost completely crippled with insecurity 98% of the time. It would have been nice to have seen her have more confidence, or at least grow into more confidence during the course of the story. It disappointed me that she seemed to base so much of her self worth on the attention of two boys (Alex and Rick) she was attracted too. She did have a moment where she re-defined her core christian values. I was glad to see her finally decide that the values she had been raised with were best for her, and voice it to one of the boys, Rick.
I also didn't care for how horrible Summer, one of the other female students, behaved towards her. I kept hoping to see this character realize how wrong her attitude was, and it never happened. She never grew past being an incredibly self-centered snob and bully. Worse yet, no one really called her on it either. An opportunity for a good message seemed to be lost there.
An OK read, but it could have been much better.
As you meet Christy and new friends on their two week trip to Washington DC, you see the development of the individual characters as well as their introduction to the clandestine world of spies, FBI, and terrorists. It is fascinating, and Makes you want to continue reading the series with "Protected" and "Created" without stopping! I did just that.