This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Watcher by Bella Jewel
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Romantic Suspense, Thriller
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Format: ARC, E-book
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NOW YOU SEE HER . . . Seven years ago, Marlie Jacobson was kidnapped by a serial killer and lived to tell about it. But it was actually her mother who told the story, in a bestselling book that made Marlie famous. Today, she s known as the girl who slayed a killer. The one who got away. Now, there s just one thing Marlie wants to get away from: her past. But when her little sister disappears, her worst fears comes rushing back with a vengeance
NOW SHE'S GONE. Kenai Michelson is a world-renowned investigator. Dark, brooding, and dangerously good-looking, he s the kind of man Marlie would normally avoid at all costs. But Kenai is her only hope in finding her missing sister. Together, Kenai and Marlie follow a trail of clues that leads them toward the truth and into each other s arms. As her trust in Kenai grows, so does their fierce connection. But will their desire turn deadly as they close in on a ruthless enemy who s watching their every move?
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Suspense, thrill, and romance? Check, check, check. I loved this story! The Watcher is the kind of book that you read and pray that it never happens to you! The start of this novel had my heart pumping and it did not stop from there! The story is told in the present but there are creepy and suspenseful flashbacks that tell us readers what Marlie suffered through. It is like a rollercoaster of suspense and horror!
Marlie was once at the hands of a twisted serial killer but she was also his last victim. After several days of a hell I could never imagine, she managed to kill her tormentor but the nightmare did not stop. Seven years later Marlie has moved to Colorado Springs just to be away from everyone who ever knew her or knew what she went through. She chooses to live life one day at a time, struggling to let go of the past that haunts her until the time comes when she can’t.
When Marlie received a phone call from her friend Hannah saying that her sister, Kaitlyn, has gone missing Marlie tried to keep her fears under control. She tried not to jump to conclusions that Kaitlyn has been taken by someone who wishes to harm her. She would never want that for anyone, especially her sister. When time is essential, Marlie turns to the last person she wants to ask for help, Kenai Michelson. He is the best at what he does but he also is the meanest guy around and I am not saying that he is just mean to her. He treats everyone terrible and calls that keeping emotionally distant from things.
Hmmmm….Not a big fan of that attitude. In fact, their little back and forth dialogue drove me a bit berserk in beginning but it soon gave way to smoother dialogue and true understanding between the characters. There is romance and sexy times between these two and it gets pretty steamy. Luckily Kenai is more than just easy on the eyes because Marlie desperately needs his help to find her sister before it is too late. Marlie has come to suspect that somehow her past has found a way to come back to harm not only her this time but her sister as well.
Oh my, the reveal in this story is sad, sadistic, and unbelievable. To be manipulated like that is just crushing and I cannot imagine how it felt to be Marlie. Having to accept something so blindsiding was almost too much but necessary in order to save her sister. It was also just freaking creepy! I definitely felt that it was a race against time throughout this novel and I loved that!
I figured out the mystery of the abduction and subsequent events pretty early on and that was a bummer. It seemed almost obvious and I wish it had been trickier, maybe a couple of convincing red herrings to make the mystery last longer. Also, I have love-hate feelings about the relationship-partnership between Marlie and Kenai. It just rubbed me the wrong way at the start and yes, I did come to like their relationship but when it mattered he didn’t listen.
I have mixed feelings over that but it really didn’t stop me from loving this book! This is the kind of story that is easy to read and you get so sucked in that you can’t believe how fast the time goes. There are many twists and turns, lots of action, and it is a real thrill to read. I highly recommend this book for readers who enjoy great characters, suspense, and romance all rolled into a fantastic book!
*Thank you to NetGalley & St. Martin’s Press for this eARC of The Watcher*