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The Watcher (Bigler County Romantic Thrillers Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 3 in Bigler County Romantic Thrillers
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About the Author
- Print Length : 397 pages
- Publisher : McKay Lewis Publishers (August 18, 2011)
- File Size : 482 KB
- Publication Date : August 18, 2011
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B005I044WW
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 146113613X
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #247,723 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I get the impression that this writer thinks that the general population is ignorant and forgetful. I am only about a quarter of the way through this book and I doubt I will finish reading it. Every college professor I have had, and even my high school teachers would have ripped this to shreds. It is not concise, which might be fine if the writer actually spent time in developing characters.
However, the story line was predictable and formulaic. The tough, but beautiful woman getting involved in a police investigation for personal reasons, meeting a rugged, but handsome lieutenant. At first there is great animosity, but soon sparks fly. She insists on keeping secrets from him and wants to maintain her independence and show him she's strong. There are several gratuitous sex scenes and some profanity. Then she is, of course, captured by the monster and taken to his sound proof underground bunker to be tortured and killed. Will she escape??? I won't be the spoiler.
There is one scene where she leaves her front door unlocked and takes a shower...and she's supposed to be smart...really? And another where she and the monster are under the cabin in the bunker. But the good guys finally discover the trap door leading to it...CONCEALED WITH A RUG OVER IT WITH THE REFRIGERATOR AND KITCHEN TABLE ON IT. Hmmm...maybe the author should have walked through that one. Did the monster somehow magically pull the rug, fridge and table back in place after he'd shut the door?
So there you have the pros and cons as I see it.
The writing itself was okay; Robertson nails a couple of passages in a great way, but for the most part, I found the story bogged down with a lot of misplaced exposition, repeated word usage and a number of typos. Kate and Slater were interesting enough characters, but they held so much back from each other that even as the reader I didn't feel like I had much insight into their motives and histories until the end of the book, and even then I found myself lacking a lot of the feeling I wanted to experience through their relationship. While I feel like Robertson set the stage for a number of very interesting characters, I don't feel like I truly got to get into the heads of any of them, including the killer.
The plot itself was interesting and original, but it often over-complicated itself to the point that the characters were making illogical leaps that pulled me out of the story. Kate's original argument pointing to a serial killer was flimsy at best, and I found it difficult to believe that Slater would have even entertained her theories considering his background, especially what with the lack of evidence that was presented. Unfortunately, that initial conversation put me off enough that I found a lot of choices and theories developed by the characters to not be particularly convincing, rushed, or just convenient enough to move the plot along. The book was also littered with strange inconsistencies, such as the situation near the end where Slater and his officers move multiple items off of a hidden door with no explanation as to how the person inside could have placed those items after going inside. It's small, nitpicky things that may be forgivable if done once or twice, but I found the book to be littered with these inconsistencies.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I found there to be a lot of unchecked sexism and bigotry in the book that seemed bizarrely inaccurate and out of the place. For example, Klinefelter syndrome is discussed, but poorly represented and never even properly named, so much so that I wonder how much research the author did before choosing to include it in her narrative. The casual sexism was also continually off-putting to me. While I am hardly one to complain about a little romance in the books I read, Kate was often objectified unnecessarily by most of the guys she worked with and shamed multiple times by her love interest for... basically existing as a woman. As a woman who has worked in male-dominated fields most of my adult life, I certainly understand that this can be a very realistic experience. However, I didn't feel like the author used it in a manner to highlight the injustices of workplace sexism or as a vehicle to get Kate to stand up for herself. Moreso, it feels like she just confused flirtation with harassment on a number of occasions throughout the story.
All and all, I did enjoy this book enough to finish it. It was a fun and easy read, and the characters and story were interesting enough that I wanted to see how it was all resolved. It really wasn't bad for a debut novel. However, there were a number of things I found confusing or left a bad taste in my mouth, which caused me to not enjoy the book as much as I would have liked to.
I was promised a 'fast-paced thriller' and got vivid descriptions of sexual maneuvers instead. By the middle of the book I didn't even care about the murders ! That waste of time is now deleted.
Top reviews from other countries
Well written with some very intriguing parts. I certainly didn't see it coming that the killer would pursue Kate, not realising she was a twin and not the re-emergence of the girl he'd murdered years before. I really liked that. Also liked how you hid who the killer's uncle was until the end. That was well staged and clever.
The characters were on the whole very easy to get into but it drove me mad the constant flipping between the killer's titles. Both the name 'Smith' and 'The Watcher' were thrown in on rotation, often on the same page and sometimes in the same paragraph. Just using the name Smith would actually have more impact. Maybe use 'The Watcher' once or twice to link to the title of the story but the constant see-sawing is very distracting; it felt like we were talking about two different people.
I also would have much rather the story focused on the crime and investigation aspects and not Ben and Kate's sexual adventures. I'm no prude but it just seemed to weigh the story down. It would have been better to have kept the romantic tension going and add a sex scene at the end -- or not at all. The story didn't need it and it really didn't add anything. I felt like I wanted to get through those to get on with the story. Did we really need a heavy sex scene at night for it to jump straight to waking up the next morning and having more sex.
I couldn't work out why she was withholding information? There really wasn't any point in her doing that. What did it matter if she told him about the other murders at the start - and that of her sister as there wasn't any consequences to telling him.
I also didn't understand why she was so dramatically upset that Ben had not mentioned the tragic death of his son. They'd only known each other for weeks. Other than sex and the case they had no history at all, so her cold shouldering him over it seemed a little silly to me.
I loved the abduction scene and Ben's reaction after. The moments you gave us from Smith's POV were brilliant. I really feel if you replaced some of the sex with more material with Smith's warped way of thinking you would have a book that engaged from the start to the finish.
You certainly do have real writing skills but I had the feeling you were trying to write to a formula rather than letting what is clearly a strong imagination run free.
Let Smith run riot and leave Kate and Ben to give smouldering glances in a pairing that takes the whole book to build. For me, romantic thrillers do work well as long they are in balance and don't slow the energy of the book.
And please check for plot errors. There a few glaring ones.
Good luck with your future books.
It was well put together, believable characters and the baddie was so wrong he was creepy. The balance of tension between the lead characters as their relationship developed then faltered due to misunderstanding. (Personally I thought she was being a little selfish here)
It would have been good to have more backstory on the monster, there were little hints but nothing concrete and only waffley hints of oddness. Or do I have to read more in the series to get to the bottom of the file that the FBI ran off with??
Much of the tale is standard serial killer fare but in this book an effort is made to explain why the killer ( the eponymous "watcher") does his thing. It lacks a little bit of continuity and the characters are a little thin hence four not five stars. It made a good holiday read.