Title: I’ll Be Watching You
Author: Courtney Evan Tate
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Publication Date: March 26, 2019
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Source: Physical book provided by publisher and TLC Book Tours
What an intense, page-turning thriller! I honestly read this in one sitting because I just had to know what was happening.
Emmy is the mother of fifteen year old Leah. They live in the idyllic Key West and run an inn that has been in the family for years. One night, Leah goes for a night swim in the ocean and doesn’t come back. Rescue workers search for hours, but all that is found is Leah’s board with a bit of blood so the police believe she was the victim of a shark attack.
In the days and weeks that follow Emmy is trying to process her grief and she learns that her daughter was living a secret life. Leah may have been having a relationship with a much older man and Emmy is determined to find out who.
The story is completely gripping. It had me guessing and second guessing and reevaluating everything I thought. I was sure I had everything figured out only to be blind-sided by the ending. If you love thrillers are a looking for a quick, creepy read, this is definitely a good pick!
Thank you so much to MIRA and TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review this book!
“Time was an enemy I hadn’t expected. It raised it’s head and robbed me of my daughter.”
-Courtney Evan Tate, I’ll Be Watching You
*Please note, this quote is from an ARC copy, so it may change in the final copy.
Synopsis: Kate Moretti’s The Vanishing Year meets Kimberly Belle’s The Marriage Lie in this twisty domestic suspense about a teenaged girl who disappears and is thought drowned–and the dark secrets she leaves behind.
Leah, a popular sixteen year old, is uncharacteristically apprehensive the night before her new school year begins. She decides to take a moonlight paddle at her divorced parents’ Florida beachside inn to take the edge off her anxiety. Moments later she vanishes in the water without a trace. The police assume death by drowning since sharks had been sighted nearby earlier in the day. They do a cursory investigation and that’s it. The community comes out to give support, but days later her mother Emily is still wondering what happened to her beautiful daughter. And why is there no body?
In the days that follow, Emily accidentally discovers pornographic images of her daughter on her laptop. Some appear to be selfies taken for someone else’s pleasure. Others are clearly taken by a voyeur and sent to Leah. Shockingly, they reveal darkly tantalizing clues to an older man’s involvement. Emily’s heartbreak turns to deep rage as she sets out to unmask who this monster is who has stolen her daughter’s innocence–and perhaps more. As her suspicion falls on various locals who, as unlikely as they may seem, may have lured Leah into risky, even deadly, behavior–the youth pastor, the long time resident in bungalow 3, his son who visits from New York–she trusts no one. Suddenly her once close knit community, itself its own paradise, has been invaded by evil, an evil that is still lurking in the shadows–one that she is determined to expose.
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