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I Am Watching

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  184 ratings  ·  45 reviews
From a distance, they seem to be sleeping. Three bodies, sitting propped up against the ancient stones of Hadrian's Wall. A closer look reveals the horror of their too-white faces, and the ring of vivid red bruises around each neck.

The victims were found by schoolgirl Isla Bell, out on an early morning run along the historic site. That day changed the small, close-knit com
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Kristy
Isla found the first bodies by the wall when she was only fifteen--four bodies lined up. Only one survived, teenage Ramsey. His brother, Zach, was among the dead. Three weeks later, another body is found. Then, two weeks later, another. Terror and fear run rampant in the small town of Briganton until Isla's father, Detective Sergeant Eric Bell, brings the killer, Heath McGowan, to justice. Now Isla is a professor of criminal psychology; she specializes in brain function and its influences on cri ...more
Sue
I AM WATCHING is a serial killer dark thriller by bestselling British author Emma Kavanagh. I have read numerus novels by this author, and always find them enjoyable reads. This was no exception but found it was a little slow at the beginning but soon picked up pace, and had my full attention.

From a distance, they seem to be sleeping. Three bodies, sitting propped up against the ancient stones of Hadrian’s Wall. A closer look reveals the horror of their too-white faces, and the ring of vivid re
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ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook
That. Ending. Though.

I Am Watching was an intriguing read and although I found it a little slow to begin with, as the investigation picks up speed so does the pace of the book. I kept promising myself that I would only read a few more chapters and then go to bed but I couldn't stop turning the pages. I like twisty books that keep me guessing and this book certainly did that. I thought this was well written and all I can say is, it makes you wonder what is really going on in other people's lives
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Mandy White
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I Am Watching by Emma Kavanagh was a quick read for me. It started off slow but definitely picked up the pace towards the end. I picked the ending early on even though the author tried to send us on another path. I struggled with the story at times but overall it was an enjoyable read.

Isla Bell was a child when she found 3 dead bodies lined up along Hadrian Wall. Her father captured the killer on the wall a story he was called Heath McGowan. Now 20 years later she is a professor in cri
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Aga Durka
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Solid Stars
This was my first book by Emma Kavanagh and it was a surprisingly good read. An intriguing, addictive, crime mystery with some surprising twists and turns. It was a little slow moving at the beginning but it soon gain some speed and it was truly hard to put down at times. There were few times I thought I got the whole thing figured out to find out that I was wrong on all my guesses. I am a true sucker for a small town crime novels and this book did not disappoint. It hit all the rig
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Elaine
Apr 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of I Am Watching.

I was interested to read this because I love murder mysteries, especially when it involves a serial killer.

But there was something about I Am Watching that I just did not like, and I can't' quite put my finger on why exactly.

The premise wasn't bad, just not original.

Twenty years ago, a man was arrested for a spate of serial murders that shocked a small town. Twenty years later, the murders begin again.

Is the original killer dictating
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Rachael
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was kind of dumb. Weird continuity errors, such as a woman who gets out of a car that she never got into in the first place. Factual errors, like feeling a baby kick only eight weeks into pregnancy. And just a dumb plot in general. Sociopaths/psychopaths are such a cop out. They're the "a wizard did it" of the mystery genre.

Why can't there be more smart mystery/thrillers? Tana French and Kate Atkinson can only write so many books.

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Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I Am Watching
By Emma Kavanagh
ISBN#9781496713742
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele

Synopsis:

From a distance, they seem to be sleeping. Three bodies, sitting propped up against the ancient stones of Hadrian’s Wall. A closer look reveals the horror of their too-white faces, and the ring of vivid red bruises around each neck.

The victims were found by schoolgirl Isla Bell, out on an early morning run along the historic site. That day changed the small, close
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Diana
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Had us guessing until the end.
Sid
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
When I read the first page of the book, it felt extremely familiar to me. I then realised that this book is actually a re-issue with the name changed. Originally it was called "The Killer on the Wall" published 20th April, 2017. The only difference was the following words were extra on the first page: July 22, 1996 and Fifteen-year-old. So instead of reading a book that I've already read all over again and reviewing it, I'll just use my previous review.
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Donna Hines
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
"I'm not the killer on the wall."
This much is true or is it?
Well, Isla must decide as the facts are literally before her.
It's been an interesting 20 yrs since finding 3 bodies during her early morning run near Hadrian's Wall.
Older, wiser, more mature Isla has moved on from that young impressionable student to a Criminal Psychology Professor at the University of Northumberland.
As always she has unanswered questions and wants to look into the minds of these psychopaths to see if there's something
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Anne
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love a good thriller that keeps you guessing until the final pages! Isla has been obsessed with Heath, a serial killer behind bars who was accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend as well as several others (including injuring the man she eventually married). Twenty years later she is a scientist studying the MRI's of psychopaths to discover anomalies in the brain that may account for their deviant behavior. But when the murders begin again, one must question, "Is it a copycat, an accomplice, ...more
Bridget
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by Emma Kavanagh and it was an exceptionally good read. It was intriguing and addictive with many surprising twists and turns. Although I found the start a little slow, the pace soon picked up and I became engrossed in the story. I love small-town crime novels and this book did not disappoint, especially as it was set around the historical site of Hadrian's Wall, which is very local to me. It hit all the right criteria for a good mystery novel, with strong main characters, ...more
Brett buckner
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
A smart, engaging thriller that kept me guessing.
Wrenn
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fifteen years old Isla Bell is out for her morning run along the historic site of Hadrian's Wall when she comes across three bodies propped up against it. They appear to be sleeping, but as she gets closer, she can see the horrible bruising around their necks. Close by is another body laying on the ground. She approaches it cautiously, then sees that he is injured, but still alive.
She runs home to get her Dad, police Detective Eric Bell.
After more deaths, he finally catches local Heath McGowan,
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Jenn Brouwer
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Slow, dull and lacking depth
I had a very hard time getting into this book at all. There were to many charters with a role but virtually no character development. I had no attachment to any of the characters. The storyline played out incredibly slow with very minimal action aside from the very brief moments of finding a body but even that was rather uneventful and not very detailed. I did not find the book overly suspenseful. The ending was somewhat predictable as well. At best I can say the boo
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Angela McQuay
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Why I Chose This Book

I was assigned this book to review through a book review publication. The review that appears below is 100% original and more in-depth than the review I wrote for the publication.

The Premise

Isla Bell is fifteen years old when she discovers dead bodies propped against Hadrian's Wall in her small hometown in England. Three people have been murdered and a fourth, Ramsay, has barely survived the attack. Fortunately, Isla's father, a police inspector, is able to identify the murd
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Calista Andrechek
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley, Emma Kavanagh and Kensington Books for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review.

Three bodies are sitting propped up against the Hadrian wall and on closer inspection by Isla; she realizes they are all dead. This day changed the small town village forever, and it shaped the course of Isla’s life. Twenty years later and she is married to the only survivor of the serial killer that changed her life and she is a professor of criminal psychology, studying the brains of
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Jen
Before I go too far with this review, I should admit one thing.

I, um... guessed the killer after (view spoiler)

So there's that.

Part of my enjoyment of this mystery was just wondering if I was right, and feeling tremendously vindicated when I was. However, that's not to say that there weren't other things about this book to enjoy, because there were. Emma Kavanagh is a talented author, and this novel is atmospheric, quite brutally graphic in parts, and if you di
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Bookedupgirl
Actually 3.5
I loved the storyline, and felt it had a lot of potential. However, on several occasions early on, I nearly gave up – it was very slow paced, it was only in the second half that the book really picked up the pace and had me on the edge of my seat. The plot itself focused around the small village of Briganton which was rocked by a sadistic serial killer 20 years earlier, who artistically displayed his victims along the historic wall in the village. Fast forward to present day and crim
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Mandi (mandi_reads)
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
From a distance, they seem to be sleeping. Three bodies, sitting propped up against the ancient stones of Hadrian's Wall. A closer look reveals the horror of their too-white faces, and the ring of vivid red bruises around each neck.

The victims were found by schoolgirl Isla Bell, out on an early morning run along the historic site. That day changed the small, close-knit community of Briganton forever, and it also shaped the course of Isla's life. Twenty years later, she's a professor of criminal
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Diana
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Isla Bell goes out for her morning jog along the moor wall as she does every morning and as she approaches she sees four bodies posed as though sleeping - they are the first victims of a serial killer except for Ramsey who survives while his brother and two others do not.
The small village of Briganton is changed forever as one victim after another is killed. Isla's father who is Detective Eric Bell finally breaks the case when he arrests Heath McGowan shortly after he murders his pregnant girlf
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C. Billie
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
The only thing that kept me reading this book was a fairly intriguing mystery that carried through almost to the end of the book.
Lots of telling. Inconsistences within scenes.
The author's use of the word "had" is reprehensible--at least 85 times in the first 15 pages. In fact, you have to get to page 41 to reach the first page where "had" is not used. Less than 10% of the 388 pages of the story do NOT have "had" in whole or as a contraction. I have stopped reading other books for this exact reas
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Glen Stott
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, mystery
An excellent book. Early on, I figured out who the killer was, but then that didn’t make sense and there was a better suspect, and then a better one, and so on. In the end, I couldn’t be more surprised to find out my first guess was right.
Isla finds the first bodies of a serial killer as a young schoolgirl. Her father catches the killer, Heath McGowen, who is sentenced to life in prison. Years later, Isla is a professor in criminal psychology and is studying brain waves of serial killers. She ge
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Resalo
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maybe a 3.5. A real page turner that keeps you guessing until the very end. Isla Bell, a Professor of Forensic Psychology, returns to her home town 20 years after she discovers 4 bodies posed along Hadrian's Wall. Of the 4 bodies, one male victim is still alive, Ramsey, who Isla marries years later. Isla's father, the Police Superintendent, closed the case and now Isla is trying to use Forensic science to uncover why the man arrested committed the murders. Shortly after Isla begins her research ...more
Kathleen Gray
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Did Heath do it? Isla, who found the bodies, is now a professor of psychology and she's included him a study about killers. Her father was the detective who identified, pursued, and arrested him and her husband was the only one of his victims who lived. Maybe a little too close to the subject? Frankly, if I were Isla, while I'd want answers, I'd also think about what continues to tie me to these three murders. There are secrets and lies and some twists. This does start slowly but it picks up. Th ...more
Susan
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the fascinating story of a hunt for a serial killer told from the perspective of several of the participants. Isla is studying the brains of serial killers in order to find some closure to a series of murders when she was a teenager. The killer had been caught, she had married the only survivor of the killer and her father had been given credit for catching the killer. However, the case was not really solved and the murders start up again. There are a lot of twists in this story making i ...more
Ginny
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. As a young schoolgirl, Isla Bell found three bodies propped against a wall. Years later, she is a professor of criminal psychology and begins a series of interviews with the killer. She is married to the only survivor of the crime who cautions her against following that course of action. Once she meets with the serial killer, other similar crimes begin to happen in the community. This books brings about a very surprise conclusion, well worth the read.
Barbara
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Very interesting police procedural that kept me turning the pages, but it didn’t live up to my expectations in the end. The author definitely did her research on psychopaths, which resulted in a bit too much explanatory repetition. The two female protagonists lacked the kind of toughness I’d expect considering their chosen careers, and the ultimate whodunnit didn’t work for me.
ME
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, Emma Kavanagh definitely has a voice demanding to be heard. Well crafted novel. Creepy, interesting, informative (without being all agenda-driven), suspenseful... a great read. I THOUGHT I had it, but she took me right up to the end before I got it. And in that, she proves the larger narrative. Great writing. Great reading.
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Emma Kavanagh was born and raised in South Wales. After graduating with a PhD in Psychology from Cardiff University, she spent many years working as a police and military psychologist, training firearms officers, command staff and military personnel throughout the UK and Europe. Now she is lucky enough to be able to write for a living. She lives in South Wales with her husband, young sons, and a d ...more

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