Top critical review
Could have been MUCH better
4 December 2015
Schizoids, voices in your head, abused childhoods, stalkers, claustrophobia, rape, voyeurs - all staple themes for the thriller genre.
In Watching Over You, these staples are used and combined well to create a very nasty villain and when she then uses sex to overcome her lack of being loved or even wanted: the story heats up (literally and figuratively).
That then gets the book to about half way when it plateaus and plot/character development is forsaken at the expense of ludicrous coincidence (the aged carer of the villain from her junior years in a home for orphans decades later turns out to be the villain's next door neighbour) and the story struggles for direction.
The ending is woeful - almost as if the author got tired and said: "time to stop".
Look, it's a pleasant read (even if the subject matter may be a little off-putting to some) for half its length whereupon it becomes an OK read just to satisfy the reader's curiosity.
To give the author credit though - she cleverly gets the reader to feel sorry for and almost understand and condone the goings on of the villain however unpalatable, antisocial and criminal they may be.