I blame “She Lies In Wait” for setting high expectations. Unfortunately, I wasn’t so invested in “Watching From The Dark“. 2 stars.
Disclaimer: I’ve received an advanced reader copy via NetGalley, this doesn’t influence my opinion or review. Thank you to the author and the publisher for providing me with a reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
“Every move of his has been characterized by weakness. Even his strongest one.“
Who should read it? DCI Sheens fans.
Would I recommend it? It wasn’t my cup of tea.
I was really excited to read this book, mainly because I’ve read the previous one in the series but also because the premise was interesting.
Here’s what I liked about this book:
- The premise. A young woman is murdered during a video chat. Intriguing.
- The beginning. I like that it actually starts with the video chat scene and from the witness’ perspective. It’s unclear at this point how reliable the narrator is, which makes it even more interesting.
- The focus on the characters’ personal lives. It makes you wonder what else might they be hiding?
Now what I didn’t like as much:
- The pace. Somehow the pace dragged which completely ruined the suspense and mystery for me. The premise and the initial hook aren’t enough to keep me invested.
- Pretty much all characters were unlikeable.
- Unlike the last book in the series, I didn’t care as much for the detectives’ personal lives.
- The end. It was unexpected because it would’ve been so obvious otherwise. So it kind of disappointed me.
Overall, “Watching From The Dark” was a fun thriller read that just didn’t manage to keep me hooked.