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They're Watching

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,692 ratings  ·  249 reviews

Patrick Davis is a man with troubles. First his Hollywood dreams crumble and then his storybook marriage hits a snag. Now, DVDs start being delivered to his house—DVDs which show that someone is watching him and his wife, that the two of them are being stalked and recorded by cameras hidden in their house. Then the e-mails start, and someone offers to fix everything, to ta

ebook, 368 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published August 1st 2009)
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When I first started this book I thought it would be really good. It was different than a lot of mystery/thrillers. For the first several chapters, the main character is trying to figure out who might be messing with him. On top of going through a tough time in his marriage and career it was interesting to see the scenarios he put forth. However, as the book went on, more and more less interesting characters were added and I began to lose interest and get confused with what became a pretty lame ...more
I see this book reviews well, so I guess I'm in the minority on this one, but I gotta say..

This book is an implausibility sandwich with a side of cliche.

I completely checked out when (view spoiler)
Eh, I am not sure about this book. It is clear other readers really enjoyed it, but I honestly lost my interest about a third of the way through. I was hooked at the beginning of the book, but near the end my patience was waning and I just wanted it to end. I can’t suspend my disbelief long enough to justify or understand the main character’s actions. He had nothing to hide, so why go about following directions from a strange source. Basically it began with “Oh no, you caught me at home peeing a ...more
Matthew Worland
Trying not to sound like a book jacket blurb, but I stayed up until almost 3 in the morning just to finish it. A gripping, suspenseful story with twists and turns that will leave you spinning. I'll admit to a bit of homefield advantage, if you live in the L.A. area the author does a great job of evoking well know landmarks all the way down to the back side of the Valley. It's refreshing to have a protaganist who isn't ex-special forces or law enforcement trying to deal with a situation out of th ...more
This is such a twisty edge of your seat book, there were times I wasn’t sure what was going on but neither did the protagonists so it was perfect because I felt the same WTH moments as the Patrick did. I really enjoyed the way this was written, the suspense was palpable.

How would you react if you found out someone was watching and listening to everything you do? Then they tell you to go somewhere and what you find is a dead body with the cops on your heels? Is it the CIA? Is it Terrorists? Just
Craig Sisterson
You could say it's unsurprising that acclaimed LA-based Gregg Hurwitz writes fast-paced thrillers; after all, his own life is pretty action-packed. Over the past decade since his debut THE TOWER broke through, in between penning several high-octane suspense novels (and having crazy adventures, e.g. blowing up cars, diving with sharks, joining biker runs through LA Canyon, or going undercover in a cult, all for research), he's been writing screenplays for film and TV, academic articles analysing ...more
Whether it's on the right or wrong side of the law I prefer my crime story protagonists to have some experience with crime. If they don't know how to handle themselves in a fight or come up with strategic solutions to problems I'm usually not interested. So I'm not a fan of the crime and noir stories that involve everyday people who become ensnared in dark and disturbing plots. Gregg Hurwitz's latest thriller “They're Watching” is one of those types of tales though and I've enjoyed the writer's ...more
Betsy Hetzel
It has always puzzled me how an author can write one excellent book only to have another of their books be a complete bomb. This has happened often in my reading lately and has happened with the books that I've just read of Gregg Hurwitz. His YOU'RE NEXT was a wonderful read and THEY'RE WATCHING, which I'm reviewing here, was "OMG, when will it ever end?!" OR, how the first half of the book can be readable/somewhat interesting and the second half reads like the instructions for a root canal.
This one had me tied up, and dragged behind a Ferrari with a madman at the wheel with his foot mashed on the gas pedal, from the first chapter. I suggest you may want to leave an extra light on and be sure to check all door locks if reading this at night. My first venture into Hurwitz's work proved to be a very finely written taut and suspenseful mystery that keeps the pages turning to the very end. The thing I thought that was fun was how many people in this book you just know are involved only ...more
Deb Mj
Very entertaining, and Hurwitz definitely knows how to grab his reader and keep them involved. My only complaint is that this entire book hinges on a conspiracy (and ultimate resolution) that is utterly ridiculous. I'm always willing to say "well, maybe..." when it comes to conspiracy theories, but I couldn't do it here. Nevertheless, I'll be reading more of Hurwitz's works when I can find them. He seems to have very limited distribution through my local library systems, which is unfortunate.
Russell Sanders
Murder. Corporate espionage. Hollywood. Environmental concerns. Unbridled action. How could this novel go wrong? It’s chockfull of everything that a reader of thrillers could ever want. And it delivers! They Were Watching, Gregg Hurwitz’s story of screenwriter Patrick Davis, whose encounter with a bad boy movie star leads to his getting embroiled in one of the most complicated and fascinating plots I’ve read in quite some time, is breathtaking. Every turn (and that’s also literally, since much o ...more
Weakest Hurwitz book I have read. Patrick Davis seems to have everything going for him when his screenplay is sold to become a movie, but the male lead alleges assault, and Patrick then becomes involved in a nightmare that revolves around him and the plaintiff. Like all Hurwitz thrillers, it is hard to tell the good guys from the bad, with twist after twist, but I did not find the characters believable or compelling.
Patrick Davis is a washed-up screenwriter who starts receiving DVDs with recordings if he and his estranged wife. Who is messing with him? What do they want? After a couple of strange errands, he goes to a hotel and discovers a dead body. The police burst in, and he is accused of the murder. Something very sinister is going on, and Patrick and his wife are in the middle of it. Kept me glued to the book.
I was on the verge of giving up on this, as I found it very slow and a bit tedious however I stuck with it and almost halfway through the book the pace quickened and it started to become a page turner. I thought the ending was unsatisfactory though and to my mind, the actions didn't seem to fit in with the characters. Giving it 3 stars although it probably deserves 2.5!
Renee Thompson
I rarely read thrillers, don't really respect the caliber of writing, don't care about the characters. This thriller, however, was a roller-coaster ride of flop-sweat fear, exhilaration, suspicion, and compassion supported on the words of a truly talented writer.

I shall be reading more of this young author's work!
Mitch Johnston
Had a hard time finishing this one. Found protagonist difficult to root for. Story was beyond far-fetched.
I found the plot interesting and decided to read this book and was not disappointed . A good plot and a fast paced thriller and this author Gregg Hurwitz added to my regularly read author list.

Pat Davis just wants to make movies. His dream comes true when he sells his screenplay. But that sets of a chain of events that will change his life and relationships and nothing will ever be the same again. His marriage is on the rocks.

He starts getting DVD on his doorstep which are chilling. Somebody is
Vera VB
Patrick Davis is uit een filmproductie gegooid, uit het echtelijk bed gegooid, heeft een dure claim aan zijn broek en krijgt DVD waarop hij zichzelf ziet. Hij wordt in het oog gehouden, van alle kanten en weet niet wat ze van hem willen. Hij krijgt mails met vreemde opdrachten die hij ook uitvoert. Hij geeft een zak geld aan een vrouw met een ziek kind, hij overhandigt een DVD aan iemand die daarop beelden ziet die zijn gelijk bewijzen. Wanneer hij niet meer wil voldoen aan de vragen, neemt zijn ...more
Barbara B.
I have found a new author! Yea!! This is the 2nd book I read by him and loved it. Lots of intrigue, psychological drama, etc. Can't wait to find more by him.
Juliet Davis
The more I read, the more I became convinced I had made a mistake buying this book. The plot simply did not make any sense to me. The main character, Patrick lacked personality, the author never gave a real visual insight of who he really was or looked like. Ariana, the wife, was just a background character contended to stay that way. Their marriage was pathetic, nothing solid, void of any feelings, passion, romance, communication. It seems that this author concentrated on only one thing, "Who w ...more
Started out cool, but got formulaic and odd as it went on.
I have to be very frank and admit I didn't connect to this plot, nor to the characters. I have read other Gregg Hurwitz books before and I've immensely enjoyed them, but here I just couldn't believe what was happening. It was all pretty far-fetched and implausible. Because I don’t want to give away spoilers, I can’t go into too many details, but suffice it to say that in the beginning the plot moves too slowly, with these surveillance DVDs arriving one after the other at the house of Patrick Dav ...more
Levent Mollamustafaoglu
It's the first time I've read a Gregg Hurwitz book, which I randomly picked up in my local library. It is the story of Patrick Davis, who has always wanted to be in the Cinema business and has struggled to get in, however hasn't had any success. Once he gets his first script accepted, he sees his model marriage crumble and gets into a fight with the movie's male lead, then gets sued for assaulting the movie star, something which he has not done.

By the time he's thinking it can not go worse than
Jackie Jameson
I actually tried to read this book TWICE, and twice, at a little further along the second time than the first, I gave up. For me, stuff is simple. I don't write reviews bathed in angst, with every word analyzed, grasping my thesaurus in one hand and bounding my brow with the other. THIS. WAS. BAD. Just bad. Characters so unsympathetic and whiny I wanted to kill them myself. Tried the second read and got a little further, but they didn't. Unbelievable interactions, unrealistic, stilted, DULL dial ...more
Scenarioschrijver Patrick Davis heeft onlangs een nieuw filmscript verkocht en ziet zijn carrière eindelijk bergopwaarts gaan. Maar de opnames voor They’re watching zijn nog maar net begonnen of hij komt in conflict met hoofdrolspeler Keith Conner en de productiemaatschappij zet hem op straat. Noodgedwongen gaat hij aan de slag als docent scriptschrijven aan de plaatselijke universiteit. Maar niet alleen zijn carrière heeft een flinke deuk opgelopen, ook zijn huwelijk met Ariana zit in het slop. ...more
Kate Watson
Gregg Hurwitz masterfully creates and controls the suspense element in this novel. Surprise twists in the plot resulted in the story veering into unexpected avenues. What appeared to be a CIA espionage story become something totally different with a fresh take on "the perfect frame-up for murder" motivation. [return][return]However, the development of the main character, Patrick Davis, who evolved into another cookie cutter good guy, disappointed me. You know the type-- the handsome bumbler who ...more
Brandon Collinsworth
This was a thrilling book, the first part of this book develops slowly and very methodically, it creates a paranoia in you as the read. Hurwitz does a great job bringing you into these characters life, he catches you up on everything that had happened up to that point and you feel invested in these people very early. Then you add in the all the paranoia of someone who can see to enter your life at will and manipulate you any way they want.

The plot pulls you along nicely from there, one of the g
Paul Pessolano
Patrick Davis "followed his dream" and wrote a screenplay called "They're Watching". Patrick sold it and was placed on the set, not as a consultant, but to babysit the star.

His so called "dream life" disappears when the studio sues him over an alleged altercation with the star. He also starts receiving DVD's that show that he and his wife are basically being stalked by video.

He asks for police butfinds he must go it alone because the DVD's erase themselves after viewing, and he cannot connect th
Patrick Davis thought his dreams were finally coming true when his screenplay was purchased by a studio and put into production starring rising movie star Keith Connor. Instead, he soon found himself fired from the movie and being sued by the studio for assaulting Connor. Plus, his marriage to his college sweetheart Ariana is on the rocks. Just when life feels like it can't get any worse, Patrick finds a DVD tucked into his morning paper. On the DVD, he sees...himself. In his house. Someone is w ...more
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Gregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of fourteen novels, most recently Don’t Look Back, You’re Next, The Survivor and Tell No Lies. His books have been nominated for numerous awards, shortlisted twice for best novel of the year by International Thriller Writers, nominated for CWA’s Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, chosen
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