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They're Watching

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,242 Ratings  ·  286 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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Aug 03, 2010 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Matthew Worland
Jul 24, 2010 Matthew Worland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 28, 2016 Josen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-library
Hurwitz is quickly becoming a go-to author for me in the thriller genre. This is the second book I've read from him and I was very happy with it. The main character is Patrick Davis, a screenwriter who becomes a failure almost as quickly as he makes it big. He starts receiving DVDs of recordings of himself in his day to day life and has no idea why or who's doing it. Until he gets a phone call with a voice distorted saying, "So......are you ready to get started?". I was hooked for the entire rid ...more
Jul 14, 2012 Deb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Nov 24, 2012 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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)
Jun 04, 2012 Whitney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Emir Ibañez
Una novela con un argumento solido y bien trabajado pero con una narrativa demasiado aburrida.

"O ella muere" me dejó con un sabor amargo, pero por sobre todas las cosas es una novela que me decepcionó abismalmente. Me llevó cien páginas meterme de lleno en la historia, porque lleva su tiempo entender hacia dónde va apuntando la historia. Sí, sabés que lo están espiando, sabés que hay un clima tenso, pero no sabés bien a dónde quieren llegar.
La historia está narrada desde el punto de vista de Pat
Jun 22, 2015 Samyann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read by Scott Brick, approximately 14 hours of listening. First, let me definitively state I am a fan of Hurwitz. He is a very prolific, provocative writer, and I’ve enjoyed many of his thrilling books. Not this one, however. In fact, I couldn’t finish. I listened to well over half of this book, and still have no idea why anybody would go to the extremes defined to freak out the main character. No hint whatsoever, no foreshadowing of a possible reason as to why he is so viciously terrorized. Not ...more
Craig Sisterson
Feb 06, 2015 Craig Sisterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thrillers
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
Jun 27, 2010 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 18, 2016 MissSusie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Deb Mj
Jun 26, 2011 Deb Mj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Jun 05, 2015 Bookworm LLC rated it really liked it
If they make this book into a movie (and they should) I would go. From the first page to the last it grabs you by the throat. I stayed up way to late to finish this. Please read this author, he is great.
Aug 03, 2010 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Russell Sanders
Sep 10, 2014 Russell Sanders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 14, 2012 Skip rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, e-books
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.
Sep 11, 2010 Kitty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 01, 2010 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 15, 2010 Renee Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Apr 05, 2015 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Patrick is an aspiring screenwriter who thinks he has it made when he finally has a script go into production, starring hot new rising star Keith Conner. However a fall out with Conner leads to Patrick being sacked and facing a lawsuit to boot. On top of this, his wife has had an affair with the neighbour. Patrick thinks he's hit rock bottom, but life is about to get considerably worse for him. A DVD arrives at the house and he realises that he is under surveillance - but by whom? And why?

This i
Sheila Beaumont
A terrific suspense novel, which has all the requisites of a riveting thriller: plenty of suspense, high stakes, intrigue, interesting characters, good writing, and a complex story with a satisfying conclusion. I've read three of Gregg Hurwitz's books so far, and definitely want to read more!
Mitch Johnston
Had a hard time finishing this one. Found protagonist difficult to root for. Story was beyond far-fetched.
Janie Johnson
I did not finish this book, therefore I will not rate it. I could not get into the writing style of this author. The best way I can describe it is that it was very choppy. It went from one scene straight into another leaving parts to feel unfinished.
Jan 10, 2014 Radhika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 21, 2016 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Loved “Orphan X” by Gregg Hurwitz and thought I would try one of his older books. Definitely a page turner, tapping in on the paranoia that seems to be everywhere these days. Just when you think you are safe in your own home, you read a story like this and you will be wondering…are they really watching me? LOL!

Patrick Davis enjoying the fruits of selling his first screenplay and profiting from it being made into a movie, with him on staff. OK, he is having some serious issues at home with his w
Barbara B.
Mar 14, 2011 Barbara B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 16, 2016 Esther rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I stopped half way, the story couldn't keep me reading. Maybe I'll re-read the book someday, just not in the near future.
Jun 26, 2014 Juliet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 30, 2012 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Started out cool, but got formulaic and odd as it went on.
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