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The Watcher by Bella Jewel Book Review

by Shana
The Watcher by Bella Jewel Book ReviewThe Watcher by Bella Jewel
Published by St. Martin's Press on May 30, 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Pages: 321
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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

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?

Is The Watcher back or is she just imagining it all…?

After reading Bella Jewels first foray into romantic suspense, called 72 Hours (my review), I was over the moon when asked to review The Watcher.  This standalone romantic suspense is heart pounding, spine tingling and gruesome.

Marlie is the only survivor of a serial killer who kidnapped, tortured and murdered his victims.  She may have gotten away but her whole world is utterly shattered as she struggles with the horrors she lived through and having a mother who’s made it her sole mission to exploit her daughter’s prolific experiences for money and fame.

Years later Marlie has found a certain level of peace in a small town far from her exploitative mother and strangers judging eyes.  But when she’s told her sister’s gone missing she has to put her issues aside and do everything she can to find her.  Is the Watcher back or is she being paranoid?  With nowhere to turn and no one willing to believe her she tracks down a private investigator who also happens to be a royal asshole.  But her sister is missing so she has no alternative but to suck it up.

Kenai is well-known for his ability to track people down.  A skill that has made him a highly sought after investigator.  But he’s experienced his own version of hell as his life is turned upside down when something he treasures is tragically taken. At first he doesn’t want anything to do with Marli and what he “thinks” she represents…someone who is willing to exploit herself for money and fame.  Regardless of his feeling there’s still a girl missing and ultimately he agrees to take the case.

So starts a cross-country trip in a race against time as Marlie and Kenai try to find her missing sister.  As the search continues Marlie finds that she’s stronger then she thought and Kenai starts the process of truly healing old wounds.

What bothered me:

I was put off by Kenai’s character; he was just too harsh. Even though we get a glimpse of the real Kenai behind his wall of anger, pain and judgement I still couldn’t connect.  As a result, I wasn’t invested in Marlie and Kenai as a couple and felt the chemistry wasn’t believable.

There were also moments where I felt the story was a little over the top when describing the more gory scenes.  Gore doesn’t bother me in the least but I got the vague impression that a couple of the scenes were purely for shock value rather than building suspense.

What worked for me:

I think the pace is spot on and the overall story well-developed.  The characters had depth, in particular Marlie.  I think she was amazing!  She was so strong even in the face of her own vulnerability.  When faced with something horrifying she acknowledges her fears and tries to work through them.  I also loved the flashbacks.  I’m not particularly fond of continued use of flashbacks throughout a book but they’re so well done here.  They kept dragging me deeper into the twisted mind of the Watcher and the horror Marlie went through.  So as we’re experiencing Marlie’s captivity through her eyes it drives the suspense and intrigue of the story.

While not the best book I’ve read by this author it’s still highly enjoyable.  If you like serial killer stories this is definitely worth the read.  It’ll keep your heart racing and eagerly flipping those pages.   I can’t wait to read Bella Jewel’s next romantic suspense!

I received an eARC  from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for my honest and voluntary review.

About Bella Jewel

USA Today bestselling author Bella Jewel is a fun-loving Australian who lives in sunny Queensland with her two playful daughters. She’s been writing since she was fifteen and has authored a broad range of stories with wild characters ranging from bikers to pirates. When she’s not writing, Bella can be found kicking about on dirt bikers or riding horses.

Bella has many more books planned for the future. She is the author of 72 Hours and The Watcher.

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DJ Sakata October 21, 2017 - 4:21 pm

This sounds like an intense storyline – I haven’t had a chance to read this author yet but see her name often.

Aurora B October 22, 2017 - 6:21 pm

She writes some great MC Romances too 🙂

Ravmeet October 22, 2017 - 12:57 am

Haven’t read a thriller in some time, this might just be the next one!

Aurora B October 22, 2017 - 6:22 pm

Her other book in this series 72 hours is pretty good too!

Stacey October 22, 2017 - 3:35 pm

I absolutely love thrillers. Sounds the perfect book for me. Great Review.

Aurora B October 22, 2017 - 6:23 pm

Me too 😉 Thanks!

Katie @ Book Ink Reviews October 22, 2017 - 6:21 pm

I hate when books go for shock. :/

Aurora B October 22, 2017 - 6:27 pm

Me too! I like being drawn in.

Kathy October 22, 2017 - 7:36 pm

I love Bella Jewel. I’ll definitely have to read this

Aurora B October 22, 2017 - 10:09 pm

I love her too! This is definitly shift from her usual genre 🙂


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