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Because I'm Watching (Hardcover)
There are some authors whose names you see all the time but you never read them, for one reason or another. I always associated Christina Dodd with romantic suspense - heavy on the romance part - and it's generally not my cup of tea, although of course I'm an avid fan of J. D. Robb. So there you go.
I picked up Because I'm Watching, and I am now kicking myself up and down the street. Yeah, judging books/covers, that whole litany applies here, and I'm a goofball.
Madeline Hewitt has gone through more than anyone should have to. She and her college roommates were assaulted, and two years ago, her fiancee was murdered. She's come to Virtue Falls, WA, to see if she can find a quiet place to put herself back together. Jacob Denikov is hailed as a war hero, but he's hiding in his darkened house, working up the nerve to kill himself. Then Maddie drives her car into his living room, and that begins a chain of events that will have a lasting effect on the entire town.
Okay, a couple of things. First of all, Because I'm Watching is part of a series that is apparently set in Virtue Falls, and I wasn't aware of that so now I've gotta back-fill. I'm good with that. And I can definitively say that Because I'm Watching stands on its own. But it's obvious there's backstory there I should have, and now I want to have it. So there's that.
Then too, there's romance, sure, but it's not the driving force behind the story, and what a story it is! Twists, turns, and an edginess I honestly didn't expect. I was ready for something cozier, and Because I'm Watching is definitely not a cozy read. There's no dripping gore but there's no shying away from the evil and pain that's out there.
And then, I have to admit it - it's been a long time since I developed a huge crush on a character, but Christina Dodd's created one I just want to spend more time with. No, I'm not telling who. Read it and guess.
So there you have it. Mea culpa, I should have been reading the Virtue Falls series all along. No idea about her other series but this one is definitely two thumbs up!
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She had survived, but she is still held captive
Of her memories, her loneliness, her delusions. But are they truly delusions?
The survivor of a college dorm massacre, a woman accused of her lover's murder, Madeline Hewitson is haunted by ghosts and tormented by a killer only she can see. At night, she works, writing and drawing the monster that slithers through her imagination, and living in fear of those moments when the doors of her mind unhinge and her nightmare lives in the daylight.
A seasoned military veteran, Jacob Denisov lives alone in his small, darkened home, sleepless, starving, and angry. Every day he lives with the guilt that comes from his own failures and the carnage that followed. When neighbor Madeline Hewitson drives her car through the front wall of his house, she breaks his house and his life wide open. Forced to view the world outside, Jacob watches Maddie, recognizes a kindred spirit and wonders what she fears more than herself. Has someone caught her in a twisted labyrinth of revenge and compassion, guilt and redemption, murder and madness?
When Maddie's imaginary killer takes form, she fights back. But will she be strong enough to triumph, or is the killer she fears no more than a shadow, an illusion that watches?
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author CHRISTINA DODD builds worlds filled with suspense and adventure, and creates the most distinctive characters in fiction today. Her fifty-two novels have been translated into twenty-five languages, featured by the Doubleday Book Club, recorded on Books on Tape for the Blind, and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle. With more than fifteen million copies of her books in print, her legions of fans always know that when they pick up a Christina Dodd book, they've found, as Karen Robards writes, "an absolute thrill ride of a book!"