Book: Joy Fielding – Someone is watching

Here is the official description of the story from www.joyfielding.com :

Deeply shaken after a brutal attack, Bailey Carpenter struggles to reclaim control over what had once seemed like a neatly-ordered life. Unable to face her job, her friends, or even the world outside her apartment, Bailey is trapped with her thoughts, replaying the attack in a desperate search for a detail that will help the police uncover the identity of her unknown assailant. Bailey sees her attacker in the face of every stranger, and is unable to trust anyone other than her half-sister, Claire, and Claire’s snarky teenage daughter Jade. To pass the time in her lonely apartment, Bailey plays with the binoculars she once used in her career as a private investigator, scanning the high-rise buildings around hers for entertainment. She quickly discovers a favorite source: a handsome, wealthy playboy in the apartment across the street. But as she watches him strut around his bedroom, she starts to wonder if he’s putting on a show – with her as his intended audience. Looking out the window late one night, she sees him looking tauntingly right back at her, binoculars in hand. Could it be the assailant she’s been so desperate to identify has been right there, watching her, the whole time? The police, exasperated after Bailey’s many paranoid false alarms, believe she’s crying wolf, and Claire tries to convince her she’s wrong. Doubting her own sanity, Bailey has only Jade left to turn to, and together the two hatch a dangerous plot to discover just what exactly is going on in the apartment across the way.

This book was nowhere close to Shadow Creek in quality. The story was pretty good at the beginning but then it terribly slowed down and it took most of the book to get the speed back. It feels like the author wanted to compensate the lack of the action in the story with the complicated relationships in the main character’s family and very long descriptions of her feelings and halucinations which vere very often repeating. It just felt like reading the same parts over and over and the story was moving forward just very slowly. In the end it started to be a bit more interesting but still…not better than 5/10 for me.

 

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