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FEAR DREAMS: A shocking psychological thriller (Book 1)
HER LAST BREATH: A psychological thriller perfect for Hitchcock fans (Book 2)
WATCHING YOU: A terrifying thriller with a mind-bending twist (Book 3)
SHOELESS CHILD: A Police/Psychological thriller with a mind-bending twist
About the Author
J.A. (Joyce Anne) Schneider is a former staffer at Newsweek Magazine. She is the author of the Embryo medical thriller series, and of the Detective Kerri Blasco Police/Psychological Thrillers: Fear Dreams, Her Last Breath, Watching You, and Shoeless Child.
She loves to hear from her readers. Her website is jaschneiderauthor.net, her email address is joyce (at) jaschneiderauthor.net, and come say hi on Facebook tinyurl.com/7fm44mk. She lives with her family in Connecticut, loves gardening, and is working on her next Detective Kerri Blasco thriller.
Psychological thrillers often lose a feel of reality early on, but Watching You is almost too realistic in its possibilities. The antagonist has a plan, with a twist, on how to pick the next victim. The victim even receives a "heads-up" before the attack. Not that it offers an advantage. The message is meant to scare and it works. Not only on the victim, but the reader also.
Every so often a novel entertains from beginning to end and it almost seems a shame that the author spent so much time writing it so a reader will devour it in one sitting. Sorry Ms. Schneider, maybe the next one will take me longer to read.
Full disclosure – I was provided an ARC of this book by the author but voluntarily chose to write a review.
“Watching You” is the newest installment in the Detective Kerri Blasco thriller series by J.A. Schneider. Blasco is a New York City cop who has seen more than her share of bad stuff, so when she is called to the scene of yet another murder in the Big Apple, it’s business as usual. Arriving at the scene, what awaits her is the stuff of nightmare. A wealthy, well liked, socially conscious young woman has been callously murdered. Shot execution style with a single bullet to the base of her skull the team has very little to go on. With nothing taken and no prints to aid in identifying the murderer the team has only two similarly shocking clues. Pinned into her back as if she were a human bulletin board is the eerie message “WATCHING YOU” while a recently received text on the victim’s cell phone also displays this chilling text message. The investigation takes Kerri and her partner/boss Alex all over the city; from the upscale surroundings of her parent’s home, the semi renovated home/gallery of her paraplegic ex fiancée to the homeless mission where the deceased spent so much time helping those less fortunate, Kerri and Alex work tirelessly to get a break as more bodies are discovered. When the killer sets his sights on Kerri, the situation becomes dire. With time running out, the team must apprehend the culprit or his next victim may be Detective Blasco.
Having not previously read the first two books in the series, I was a little concerned that I would be at a disadvantage with previous plot quirks or character back stories. I was surprised to find that while technically the third book in the series, “Watching You” is written in such a way that it can be read as either a standalone novel or part of the larger series. The pace is fast as we jump immediately into the mind of the killer and witness the murder of Leda Winfield through his eyes and within his thoughts. As the witnesses start to come forward, clues and theories take shape, and bodies pile up, it was clear that this was not going to be an easily closed case. At the climax of the book, I caught myself almost yelling “you’ve got the wrong guy!” as the killer’s identity became more and more obvious to me. I feel also compelled to note that the characters, whether they be suspects, witnesses or members of the force were written is a way that made them believable and easy to picture. In fact, there wasn’t a character in this book that I did not believe. Some authors tend to lean toward stereotypes when writing certain characters or situations, I did not see that with Watching You.
Another item of note that really stuck out for me was Schneider’s focus on Leda’s activism and assisting at the homeless mission. The mission scenes and the welcoming atmosphere depicted put a compelling face on a problem that is far too prevalent in our world today. I love how Kerri also spends a fair amount of time at the Mission during her investigation, which reminds the reader that while often forgotten or faceless, those who are struggling in their situations are people too and often have much to contribute.
All in all, a great read and one I am sure to revisit again in the future. While “Watching You” was my first read by this author, I am sure it will not be my last.
Two homicide detectives and partners, Alex Brand and Kerri Blasco; they have a sweet, consuming love. Everyone but their boss seems to know. It has to remain a secret to the upper management, or they will be separated at work and maybe even have different schedules and shifts; they figure they would rarely see each other.
The partners catch a complicated murder that is gruesome and perplexing. The killer warns the victim by sending a text that says "WATCHING YOU". Soon there is more than one victim and the pressure to solve the mystery gets huge! The killer is smart and careful and there are a few clues and lots of suspects. The relationship between Alex and Kerri is wonderful; the storyline is complex and surprising. This is a really enjoyable read!
JA Schneider's Watching You (Dectective Kerri Blasco #3) managed to shock and surprise me until the very end. I have read the previous Kerri Blasco books but again I had no idea who the perpetrator was and I was really trying to figure out. I was no where close to solving that mystery. This book draws you in and has you turning the pages (or swiping) as fast as you can to find out what will happen next and who done it. I was not disappointed and love the way Ms. Schneider weaves her story and cloaks it in darkness and intrigue.
Detective Kerri Blasco has a lot on her plate. She has to keep her love interest a secret, she catches the heart-breaking murder of a naïve volunteer—and oh yes, she’s on a murderer’s list.
“It’s starting to get dark. I am thrilled again, shaking with new excitement. The feeling swells, a hot, furious balloon of new daring in my chest. I’m relieved, too. The chicken voice has stopped. I’m coming for you . . .”
I loved the book! The title is quite correct . . . Watching You is a terrifying thriller with a mind-bending twist.