If you see him it’s already too late…
Some secrets can’t be hidden.
The Fullers are the picture-perfect family, a wealthy couple with a grand home in the middle of remote woodland. But even they have something to hide – and it will prove fatal.
Some crimes can’t be forgotten.
Psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn and DI Marilyn Simmons arrive at the Fuller’s home to find a suburban nightmare. A crime scene more disturbing than anything they have ever encountered.
Some killers can’t be stopped.
Jessie knows that this is no random act of violence. And if she can’t unlock the motivation behind the crime and shine a light into this killer’s mind, the Fullers won’t be the only family to die…
When people say about a book ‘I couldn’t put it down’ or ‘I devoured it in one day’, it always sounds a bit cliched, but in the case of The Watcher both these statements are true. Admittedly I had a day off with very little to do, but having started on a Saturday night and having read about 10% I then continued on the Sunday and carried on till I’d finished. Each time I tried to stop, I’d get to an exciting bit and have to carry on.
It was so good. A definite 5 star read and I rarely give 5 stars to serial killer stories (as I’ve said before) as there are so many, but this one is so well written with such insights into the minds of not just the killer, but those tracking him/her as well. Psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn and DI ‘Marilyn’ Simmons are just brilliant. They have nothing in common but they make such a great team. And then there’s Lupo who is now officially my favourite character in the book! OK so he’s a dog, but he’s very important to the plot.
Many years ago (maybe 1970s) I remember seeing a film in which the victim was stabbed through the eye with something like an ice pick – I can’t remember now – and the ‘horror’ of it has always stayed with me. If you find that as awful as I did, you will find some of this story even worse but don’t let that put you off. The method used to kill the victims (gory but not gratuitous) is integral to the killer’s motive – but who has a past that leads them to kill and what is the connection between the victims? That is what Jessie and Marilyn must find out and it’s far more complicated than it at first appears.
I just loved this book. Most serial killer books are all about the action and the chase as the bodies pile up, but The Watcher is so much more. The author uses wonderful language, descriptions and metaphors, more in the style of a literary piece than simply another police procedural. If you like murder mysteries then I can’t recommend this enough.
Many thanks to @annecater for letting me be part of #RandomThingsTours and to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Kate Medina has always been fascinated by the ‘whys’ of human behaviour, an interest that drove her to study Psychology at university and later to start a crime series featuring clinical psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and her debut novel White Crocodile received widespread critical acclaim, as did Fire Damage, Scared to Death AND Two Little Girls, the first three books in the Jessie Flynn series. Before turning to writing full time, Kate spent five years in the Territorial Army and has lectured at the London Business School and the London School of Economics. She lives in London with her husband and three children.