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Are You Watching?

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  85 reviews
A page-turning new YA thriller for the social media age, perfect for fans of A Good Girl's Guide to Murder and One Of Us Is Lying.

Ten years ago, Jess's mother was murdered by the Magpie Man.

She was the first of his victims but not the last.

Now Jess is the star of a YouTube reality series and she's using it to catch the killer once and for all.

The whole world is watching
Paperback, 371 pages
Expected publication: February 6th 2020 by Penguin
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Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Are You Watching? is an incredibly gripping but slightly unrealistic YA thriller by Vincent Ralph.

Seventeen-year-old Jess applies to be a part of a YouTube reality show called The Eye which live streams the lives of five different individuals with interesting stories to tell, every week. Jess's story begins when she was seven—her mother was murdered by the serial killer who is referred to as The Magpie Man. She was his first victim and he has killed twelve other women since then. With the help
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I particularly liked the use of social media in this book, in a world of reality stars and people constantly posting on social media you could imagine this happening.

Jess’s mother was killed by the Magpie Man when she was seven, she was his first victim but not his last and he has never been caught.

Jess is now 17 and auditions to be a reality star, they are looking for people who they can film for one day of the week on YouTube. The show is about Real Lives With Twists.” Jess hopes that by
Ruby Granger
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this. The tone and pace reminded me of Small Spaces by Epstein, a wonderful YA Thriller I read last year. The concept reminded me of Egger's The Circle (again, a fantastic novel!).

Jess's mother was killed by The Magpie Man when she was seven -- a serial killer who has since killed twelve people. Now in Sixth Form, Jess applies for and stars in a new online show which resembles The Truman Show or Big Brother. Once a week, a camera crew films every aspect of her life and
Dannii Elle
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The whole world is watching, but are you?

When five teens with something to prove are given a coveted spot on a new reality YouTube channel, Jess is both thrilled and nervous to become one of them. She is the daughter of The Magpie Man's first victim. And now she wants justice.

Ten years ago Jess' mother was murdered less than a minute away from home. Her young daughter was still innocent to the evils of the world and so her father conjured a more whimsical story to account for her mother's
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After Jess agrees to take part in a online reality show, she soon discovers that the internet can be like a double edged sword, it can either work for you or against you depending on wether people support you or criticise you from behind the safety of their screens. Whereas most people take part in reality shows hoping to become famous and win a large sum of money, Jess has her own personal reason for agreeing to take part in the online reality showThe Eye.She is hoping that by sharing her life ...more
Mandy White
Are You Watching is such a clever YA book. It is a crime thriller with a twist and I was hooked very early on. With short chapters this is one of those books that makes you want to keep reading. The plot was original and well written, very easy to read.

Jess lost her mother 10 years ago when she was the first victim of the serial killer they call The Magpie Man. He is still on the loose and still killing. When Jess is given the chance to appear on a new You Tube reality show she uses the exposure
Liz Barnsley
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Are you Watching is a very addictive, well written YA thriller with a modern day take as one young girl joins a reality t.v. show to try and catch her mother’s killer. But baiting a serial killer may not be the best idea ever….

Vincent Ralph manages to get the emotion v the thrills bang on target – this is a serial killer thriller and works well on that level but it is also a tale of grief, loss and trying to move forward. I related very much to both Jess and her Dad, whilst you do have to
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A story with social media and a murder. Quite a twisted tale it was, a whodunit at its core with an unexpected reveal of the Magpie Man.

Jessica lost her mother to the killer Magpie Man at age 7. And he was never identified. When she got the opportunity to star in the reality show, she took it up hoping clues about her mother's murder would come to light. The world was watching and do was the killer.

My first book by Vincent Ralph, I loved the way the book took its dips and turns as it revealed
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, crime-thriller

Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jess's mum is murdered by the magpie man when she was only seven years old. Ten years have passed and he's commited many more murders but the police are no closer to catching him. Jess decides to use social media to try and catch the magpie man before he strikes again.

The story was intriguing from the start and i felt i was able to connect wth Jess and really feel the emotional rollercoaster her life is. Some of her plans are a little questionable which bothered me a little. I personally wasn't
Rachel Bridgeman
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: january-2020
This is labelled as a Y.A read, the protagonist is 17 year old Jess, but I think it is suitable for adults to read as well. There is a lot to engage with and mature plotlines. Jess' mother has been murdered when she was seven , and the killer never caught. The nature of trauma, grief and loss is explored in detail throughout.

Without her father''s knowledge, she applies for, and is accepted onto, a'Big Brother'style television show where she and 4 other teens will compete to be filled for a full
Karen Barber
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fast-paced thriller for the social media age. Like Nerve, it has its flaws but it hooks you in, draws you in, twists and turns until spitting you out at the end.
Jess has lived for years defined by the events that happened when she was seven. Her mother was brutally murdered in an alleyway less than a minute from her home. She was the first victim of the killer who has been dubbed The Magpie Man. A solitary magpie has always been seen as bad luck, but this moniker stemmed from her father’s
Jan 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
This is a book I saw on Facebook, the synopsis made me curious. I have to admit, I dislike how short the chapters have been. The actual plot itself has been lacking something, but even now after finishing this book I can’t put my finger on what it is.
This hasn’t really gripped me and I haven’t even attempted to guess the ending. I have to be honest. I’m a little disappointed.
Kate (GirlReading)
A fast paced, gripping and addictively twisty read.

Although I found the ending to be a bit underwhelming and somewhat disconnected to the rest of the plot, I had a lot of fun with this book and I definitely had a few creeped out moments in which I regretted reading it home alone at night...

TW: suicide attempt.
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed book. It was current and up to date with the use of social media. It kept me gripped and I didn’t guess who the baddy was. Will look out for more by this author
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Now, this book wasn't bad at all! The idea of having a YouTube show called The Eye where young teen show their lives to the world, all with their own end goal was extremely fitting in this day in age, YouTube is such a big platform and although I did think that it was extremely far fetched in places which left me rolling my eyes at times, the whole concept of the book was so different and it was definitely a welcomed break from your standard thrillers.

Full review here
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: December 22nd 2019

"It was Dad who gave the murderer his name. He said he Magpie Man liked shiny things and Mum was the shiniest of all."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jess's childhood has been lived in the shadow of grief following the murder of her mother by the serial killer known as the Magpie Man. 10 years later police are no nearer to unmasking him and she decides to take matters into her own hands. As a participant on a reality show with a twist, she lives one day each week live streaming on Youtube with the aim of flushing the killer out.

It's a fantastic plot that had me hooked from the start. The pace of the book is fast and each (short) chapter
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Are You Watching is a gripping murder mystery slash serial killer thriller, with a heart.

Its plot is a twist on the Making a Murderer/true crime podcast sub-genre and grabs you from the first paragraph. It is made up of quick, tiny chapters and races along at brisk speed.

Jess is a fierce and compelling protagonist and carries the story well, switching between anger and determination and heartbreaking emotion and loss.

I've seen this described as a Young Adult thriller although this didn't really
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
A clever YA thriller which looks a closely at the pros and cons of the modern world of social media. A good fun page turning read with some really interesting characters. Also kept me guessing until the end.
Steph ✨
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Rebecca Pike
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant debut. Great for today's social media age
Sara Oxton
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Are You Watching? by Vincent Ralph a compelling and questioning four-star read. This was so good, I couldn’t put it down, but I couldn’t give it five as I was shaking m head going really… at several points, I know its fiction and dramatized much like most of reality TV, but still I struggled to accept that at times. Jess intrigued me, she was a great character and I could have read her for longer, but it was the other characters that just pushed me too far. The star of this show thou is the ...more
K. Molyneux
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley for the loan of this book.
I really enjoyed this book and raced through it. It was so addictive i just coukdbt wait to reach the end. with a strong female character and other characters you feel for this is a fantastic read.
A young girl who's mother was murdered by a serial killer, sets out to try and "capture" him by taking part on a YouTube show online and goading him so he will make a mistake and be caught. She soon starts to receive sinister messages, but are they from the
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this thriller!
This had one of my favourite tropes - a reality show spin on a different genre. I really connected with the main character, and this made it so easy to fly through and enjoy. Even though I worked out the identity of the Magpie Man, I was still shocked by the twists and turns!
Engrossed Reader
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I never got the opportunity to truly get involved in the story due to the formatting of the ARC Kindle copy. It was atrocious, the typos and incomplete words were infuriating. Making it difficult to progress with ease through the novel. What should have been a tense thriller was reduced to a start stop motion, that hobbled progress and interest. Annoying as that was, is wasn't my only reason for this 2 star rating.

I like and enjoy reading YA, but it got to a point - early on this book where I
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-challenge
I admit that I don't read all that many YA books. I always get the feeling that I am just too old. That maybe I won't get what the protagonists are feeling and thinking because, if I'm honest, I'm not sure I really understood teenagers when I was one. But something about this book appealed to me, perhaps the fact that it is about a serial killer as I do have a sort of macabre side when it comes to my reading habits. I'm certainly glad I made an exception as I read Are You Watching in one ...more
Amy Rush Da Silva
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love a good thriller and have recently been loving YA Thrillers, so when I heard about a new YA Thriller, Are You Watching? I knew I had to devour it, and let me tell you this…I was at a loss for words when reading it.

At the age of seven, Jess lost her mother after she was murdered by a serial killer, her and her dad dubbed the ‘Magpie Man’. Ten years later, she is now the star of a new YouTube reality series and is using it to try and catch her mother’s killer, and finally get some justice.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jess is a young woman and star of a YouTube reality show. Ten years previously, her mother was the first victim of a serial killer dubbed the Magpie Man, and she uses her new popularity to flush the killer out. While the world is watching and thus her mother’s murder is getting the attention that she wants it to, so is the Magpie Man, and he decides to add Jess to his long line of victims.

I was in two minds about reading this book, the positives being that it was compared in the advertising copy
Jacqueline  sharp
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Despite this book being classed as a Young Adult read, I decided to give it a go. The plot line appealed to me.

Jess is 17 years old, her mother had been murdered when she was only seven years old, the killer had never been caught, I like the way that the trauma of her loss and grief is addressed throughout the story.

Jess applies for a you tube type television show called The Eye where she will be filmed for three months, for viewers to watch, she doesn’t tell her father she has applied. With
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