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I Am Watching You

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  135,328 ratings  ·  7,557 reviews
When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls—beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballar ...more
Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published October 1st 2017 by Thomas & Mercer
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Susan Davis I thought Ella was told in first person because this was her story, and I thought it made her story more powerful. The others were on-lookers, since o…moreI thought Ella was told in first person because this was her story, and I thought it made her story more powerful. The others were on-lookers, since only Ella both felt the guilt and saw the consequences.(less)
Angie Williams There is sexual talk, abuse and killing mentioned. I would suggest over the age of 17.

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Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I read this for "Free Space/Creepy Raven". "I am Watching You" by Teresa Driscoll which is a thriller/mystery.

Eh where to begin. Besides the poorly developed characters, the switching from first to third person, and the slut shaming that was thrown in for good measure, I don't know what to think of this book. The initial premise intrigued me, too bad that Driscoll decided that instead of sticking with one character throughout which would have made the book stronger, she jumped around to four o
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I Am Watching You is a thrilling suspense novel by Teresa Driscoll. There is a reason it has been on the Amazon Bestseller charts - it is a very gripping, well told tale!

Ella watches on a train as two local girls on their way to London get mixed up with two unsavory men just released from prison. She wants to say something, but doesn't. The next day she finds out that one of the girls has gone missing. Consumed with guilt, she goes to the police but, of course, it's really too late.

This, howev
I listened to this audiobook at the beginning of January. As soon as I was done, I typed my review into a Word document. However, I can't find it anywhere now. I also deleted all of my notes (since I was done my review).

So I am going to try my best!

I am still relatively new to audiobooks but I'm starting to enjoy them. I find them perfect to listen to while doing chores or when I'm in the car. It's also nice to give my eyes a break sometimes.

I was really intrigued after reading the descriptio
Kylie D
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A riveting thriller that sees Ella on a train bound for London, seated near he two teenage girls. Two young men enter the carriage and it soon becomes apparent that they are fresh out of jail. This doesn't deter the girls however, and they soon strike up a friendship. Ella becomes increasingly worried about them, but then stops herself from intervening at the last minute.

The next day one of the girls, Anna, is reported missing, and Ella is beside herself, wondering if she could have helped the g
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, thriller
A fast, enjoyable read that held my interest but ultimately left me disappointed. The final reveal lacked excitement for me. All the build-up and backstories were suspenseful and they definitely served their purpose, but the resolution was rushed and unanticipated.

Every character had something they were hiding which made for a good suspect list. I had to keep reading because the next chapter might be the one where the really big secret was revealed. While I was able to pick up some little thing
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Unfortunately, this was a it of a meh read for me. So many people and POV's (which I usually enjoy), and shifts between first and third person muddled up the plot for me and even though the writing was good, I never felt the characters developed very much apart from Ella. I was definitely intrigued by the story, but by the half-way point, found myself a little confused and not terribly invested. Still, I wanted to know how it would end and what had actually happened to Anna, the missing girl. Th ...more
A teenage girl goes missing after a special night out with a girlfriend. Story told primarily from the viewpoints of the witness, the private investigator, the father, and the friend. I really didn't mind the way this was put together, although at this point it would be positively refreshing to read something that does not employ the use of a multiple POV framework. I enjoyed it well enough, but found myself thinking about what I wanted to read next before getting this one finished.

This was a K
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Theresa Alan
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well-done, well-paced mystery. The main mystery is what happens to teenager Anna Ballard. She and her friend Sarah are on a train to London when they meet two men carrying garbage bags who admit to just getting out of prison. Mother and wife Ella overhears this and wonders if she should call the parents. When Anna goes missing overnight, Ella is wracked with guilt for not acting sooner and is also vilified in the media—including social media—for not doing something before it was too la ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF .. don't think I've ever given up on a book so fast! I immediately hated the way it was written, the self evaluation of her naivety and the fact it just didn't feel at all realistic... I mean, come on, would anyone overhear a conversation and then start thinking about ringing a strangers mother to warn them their daughter is associating with the wrong type of person?????

Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Ella Longfield was on her way home on the train when she notices two young girls flirting with two men that she is sure are just out of prison. Ella is of course concerned and debates on what she should do to make sure the girls are safe. Should she call someone? Approach them? But as the trip goes on one thing leads to another and Ella finds herself home without having done anything. The next morning she awakens to see on the news that one of the girls, Anna, had gone missing the night before. ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio

A fairly well done mystery that takes place after a teenage girl goes missing while on a trip to London. It shows how everyone suffers the ripple effects from a single event. Told from multiple points of view, we hear from the parents, a friend, a witness and a private eye. All the immediate friends and family have secrets they are hiding which we are let in on bit by bit.

I found myself fascinated by the witness and how she was treated by the community. So many of us would have done the same, n
Renita D'Silva
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE this author's writing and her previous two novels are among my favourite reads ever so I was eagerly waiting for this book. And wow! With this amazing, unputdownable, suspenseful masterpiece, Teresa Driscoll proves that she is right up there with the best thriller writers of today. This book is genius! What I admire most about this author is her beautiful writing, spare and yet heart-wrenching, and this book combines that wonderful writing with a tense, page-turning plot. A tense, pacy, s ...more
Alan Cotterell
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018

This did improve as I approached the end , but not enough to make it a good book, just Ok.
I felt that it was told from too many points of view, which I usually like, but not in this case. Didn't help switching from 1st to 3rd person
I kept drawing parallels with The Girl on the Train, which in my case is not a compliment. I lost interest and only carried on to see if my guess was correct, it wasn't, but to be honest the answer comes out of the blue. Really don't think there were any cl
K.J. McGillick
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Never would I expect the ending. Everyone had a secret, lives were ruined and in the end for nothing. Twist
Lori Krause
A good story. I am surprised it was a 'best seller' because the characters lacked depth, and the narrative lacked suspense, in my opinion. Although an attempt was made but didn't quite come to fruition. I will say I expected more from the book seeing how popular it was. Then again, it did have its moments. The story itself was interesting, and the reason I finished. It did take a little bit of encouragement, though. Usually, I would have read the book much faster, but I struggled with this one. ...more
Sean Peters
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well great to join in a buddy read, with a group of us reading this book for January.

Some great points about this book, firstly I do enjoy the stories/chapters from all the different main characters in the book.

A great opportunity to build the story through the characters and plots, build the tension and it does work so well.

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What would it take to make you intervene?

When Ellie Lovefield overhears two handsome young men flirting with two teenage girls on a train,she thinks nothing of it - until she realises that the two men are fresh out of prison.Worried about the girl`s safety she decides to call for help but something stops her.The next day she wakes up to the news that one the girls - Anna Ballard has disappeared.

A year later,Anna is still missing,Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do and fearing f
At times intriguing, at times difficult to follow, I Am Watching You was a three-star reading experience for me personally. Overall, I liked it but I wouldn't read it again. However, fans of various psychological thrillers may enjoy being thrown around in a story with incredibly secretive characters and find it well worth the read. If this applies to you, check it out!

My favorite quote:
“Because once you become a parent, you learn that love can involve more fear than you had ever imagined, and yo
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It is the same detective as before, but with a different woman police officer this time and Sarah’s father alongside.
‘So, is there any news?’ Sarah’s mother begins to raise her body from the chair but slumps back down as their heads shake a ‘no’ in stereo.
‘Did you manage to rest, Sarah? Feel OK to talk some more now?’ It is the woman police officer.
‘I wasn’t drunk. When we spoke before. I wasn’t drunk.’
The adults all look from one to the ot
Thank you to Kindle First for allowing me to read this before the publication date in exchange for an honest review.

This book was not for me. I tried and tried to get into it, but I struggled a lot. I finished it and I feel like I didn’t really even read anything. I was pretty disappointed with all of the things that went on through this story.

First, I had a really hard time with the characters. The characters intrigued me in the beginning with the story and how things were progressing, but as
Linda Strong
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Ella Longfield becomes an unwitting sort of witness when she overhears a conversation while on the bus. Two young teenage girls start flirting with two young men .. but then she realizes that they men are fresh out of prison.

What to do? Call the parents of the girls? Tell the young men to leave the girls along? Talk to the girls and warn them? Just as she decides to call for help, she overhears something else that stops her in her tracks.

The next day one of the girl's picture is splashed all ove
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Definitely Recommend

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What would it take to make you intervene?
When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put o
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
So this book begins on a train ride where, Ella, overhears a conversation being had between two sixteen year old girls and two very handsome men that, as of that day, were just released from prison. The conversations are flirtatious. So much so that one of the girls, Sarah, and one of the ex-cons decide to have a quick romp in the train bathroom and Ella is completely beside herself. Now Ella’s motherly instinct kicks in and she wants to intervene. Make the young ladies call their parents but sh ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
I am Watching You is a gripping psychological thriller that I found very intriguing and almost impossible to put down right from the start. This book felt very real and I was so engrossed in it, I completely forgot I was reading.

There was a great mix of believable characters and I really wasn’t sure who to trust, due to secrets certain characters were hiding. Despite having my suspicions, I didn’t guess the outcome in advance.

This was a tense and exciting read, and I even had tears in my eyes at
Schizanthus Nerd
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
🥀 Harrowing Halloween Book! 🥀

OK, this book doesn't fit in the horror genre nor is it set on or around Halloween. So why does it belong in this month's theme? It's about a teenage girl who goes missing and hasn't been found a year later. If that isn't one of the scariest, most horrific concepts ever then I don't know what is.

Trigger Alert for sexual assault, self harm and eating disorders.

The Witness became suspicious of the motives of the men on the train and thought about calling the Police bu
Dee Arr
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
There are elements that are very good in Teresa Driscoll’s book, “I Am Watching You.” At the same time, there are other aspects of the book that were bothersome.

The book is composed of short chapters, with a number of characters relating the story. The main character is Ella, identified in her titled chapters as The Witness. Ella was on a train ride and thus became one of the last people to see Anna before she disappeared. She was also able to describe the two young men who had approached Anna a
Lucy Banks
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Ooh, what a gripping thriller!

I'm not normally one for a classic 'page-turner', but for this book, I'll happily make the exception. It's an absorbing, deftly crafted suspense novel, with twists and turns a-plenty, minus the hackneyed cliff-hangers featured in so many other books of this genre.

It starts with two girls on a train, and a woman observing them as they chat away to two older lads (who have just been releas
In this book, almost everything happens “off-screen” so to speak, so—if you want the action this may not be the book for you.

It keeps you on the edge of your seat (somehow) as well as in the dark; so that you don’t know what happened until the end. Well, unless you can read between the lines and take hints OR unless you are super intuitive.
So, I found it good in one respect, and lacking in another. All of the major events were simply written around and the writing would happen before and then
Kylie H
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ella is on a train on the way to London for a floristry conference. She overhears some teenage girls talking excitedly about their first independent trip to London. She becomes intrigued when the young girls appear to become naively attached to a couple of young men who claim to have been just released from prison. At that point Ella decides she will try to locate the parents of the girls and tell them of her concerns (having heard the name of the small town they come from she thinks she can tra ...more
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Teresa Driscoll is a former BBC TV news presenter whose psychological thrillers have sold nearly two million copies in more than 20 languages. Her first thriller I AM WATCHING YOU was kindle #1 in the UK, USA and Australia and has sold more than a million copies in English alone.
Teresa writes women's fiction as well as thrillers and her work has been optioned for film.
During her long career as a

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