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The Watcher: A Romantic Thriller Paperback – July 27, 2011
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Jo Robertson, a former high school English teacher, resides in northern California.
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I also did not like the gratuitous and detailed accounts of sexual activity between Slater and Kate. Wasted pages that did nothing to move the story along.
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.
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.
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.
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