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Are You Watching?

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  726 ratings  ·  279 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 he
Paperback, 371 pages
Published February 6th 2020 by Penguin (first published December 19th 2019)
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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
Nilufer Ozmekik
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quick, gripping, one of my other fastest reads! ( it could be even faster if 40-50 pages could have been edited! So we can get straight to the point, instead of procrastination of learning the real identity of obvious culprit ! )

The idea of real time big brother show about five teenagers whose real life stories are about to be shared separately at each week days was creative, hooking! As soon as I read the opening sentence: my mom was killed by the Magpie Man which is the part of Jess
~ DNF @30% ~

I despise DNFing books (especially ARCSs) but I really didn’t like this so I did.

Review to come (maybe?)


💜~ Thank you to NetGalley for providing this eARC in exchange for an honest review ~💜
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 tell
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 live-broad
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

This is YA read heavily steeped in this current age of social Media that every one of our current always watched generation will most certainly understand and get the pitfalls of.
So Jessica Simmons wants to catch the Magpie Man.
Her mum was the first victim of this notorious serial killer and his kill-count is now way up at 13.
With this goal in mind, she applies and is accepted to star on a new web-based reality show with 4 others called The Eye.
The show is a competition to see who can collect th
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
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
Dannii Elle
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 disapp
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Very well done YA mystery/thriller debut. Lots of great twists and kept me guessing until the end.

Jess's mother was the first victim of the serial killer known as the Magpie Man, and he has since killed twelve others and the police have no leads. Jess was seven when her mother was killed, and now that she's 17 she wants to shake things loose and bring the guy down once and for all. She auditions for and is selected as a vlogger in a new YouTube series where her live platform is to shine the ligh
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 occasi
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.
kimberly ☆
thank you so much sourcebooks fire for this arc!

3.5/5 stars for me!!

this book will definitely have you at the edge of your seat.. in the last 20% of the book. the book starts off slow and at time i felt i was forcing myself to get through it but i’m glad i did! i think this book handles grief very well, and shows the different affects it has on people! the concept of the youtube show to catch a killer is brilliant, but the main character, jessica, isn’t someone that’s very cultivating i felt oft
Sofie |
Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the eARC for review!


Mom was thirty-two when she died, the first victim of a man they still haven’t caught. Number one on a list that now stretches to thirteen.
So if you ask why I want to be one of the five people to star in a new online show about them and only them, it’s pretty simple.
I want to catch the Magpie Man, and this is how I’m going to do it.

What a ride! Honestly, I LOVED the blurb of this on NetGalley, and only realized when I saw
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 show The Eye. She is hoping that by sharing her li ...more
Tonya S.
We live in an age where social media can skyrocket someone to fame, or absolutely rip them to shreds, and that theme is played on in this book. 14 Ways to Die by Ralph Vincent is about 17 year old Jessica, and her quest to find the serial killer responsible for her mother's murder. Jess's mom was only the first victim of the Magpie Man, but there have been many more since, and not a single clue ever left behind. Now Jess sees her chance to finally drag this monster from the shadows, using a YouT ...more
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
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ten years ago Jess's mother never came home from work that day, she never made it past the alley to her home because she was the first victim of the Magpie Man. While Jess's mother was the first victim she was not the last ever since that the Magpie Man kills every nine months and he carves the number of the victim on their chest.
Jess is ready to take a stand, she wants to catch the Magpie Man so she enters a competition for a YouTube reality show so that she can try to get clues and catch the
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 14-and-15
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of 14 Ways to Die in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved the narration here. 14 Ways to Die has some of the most consistently short chapters I've ever seen and it really, really works and bolsters the pacing of the mystery. I liked the protagonist and found her really personable and can see this going over really well with Good Girl's Guide to Murder fans. Like that book though, I do think a few side characters here could have benefitted
Jenna | JennaStopReading
This one was binge worthy for sure. A solid debut in the YA thriller world.

3 things I loved about this book:
The short chapters. Made it super readable.
It kept me guessing up til the big reveal!
The very realistic portrayal of grief.

2 things I didn't love:
The main character, Jessica, bothered me. She was impulsive and pushy and thought only of herself.
The lack of parental guidance. This is a typical trope in YA, and it bothers me often. The kids run around with seemingly no adults involved, and th
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, crime-thriller

Brooklyn Tayla
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of Are You Watching? from Penguin Books Australia/Penguin Teen Australia in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.
I was instantly drawn into Jess’s story right from page one, I couldn’t help but feel so heartbroken for her, having cruelly lost her Mother all those years ago and being so consumed by her grief for all that time, without closure or resolve. It’s not just Jess that lost a loved one either, this disgustingly evil serial killer labelled The Magpie Ma
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I really didn't know much about Are You Watching when I started it and I actually think that made it a more thrilling read. Jess is in high school and lives with her father. Ten years ago her mother was brutally murdered, the first in what would become a sting of victims for a serial killer eventually known as the Magpie Man. Early on it's clear that Jess and her father are still struggling to come to terms with what happened, especially given that the police have never found the perpetrator. Wh ...more
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england
Usually, I start a review with the good. I’m going to get to that, but today I’m starting with the thing that irritated the *I-can’t-say-that-word-on-Amazon* out of me.

The book takes place in the UK, or so we’re told. The author is from and currently lives in the UK, or so we’re told.

Aside from the city names, there is absolutely nothing UK about this book. Kids are going to 5th grade or 10th grade. They’re thinking of calling 911. They are the most Middle American of Middle American kids you’v
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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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Jessica goes on a reality show in hopes of catching her mother’s murderer, the serial killer known as The Magpie Murderer.

14 WAYS TO DIE is a story with a great premise and lackluster execution. The characters lacked the depth to make them feel like real people, including Jessica the narrator. Vincent Ralph told instead of showed the story, which lacked tension. The mystery was decent enough, but I didn’t care enough about the story to feel satisfied.
Robin Stevens
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A dark, smart, fast-paced thriller. Perfect for YA readers who love Karen McManus and Holly Jackson! 13+

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in print, without asking permission from me first. Thank you!*
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
Jen Ryland
A quick read, this book focuses on Jessica, a girl whose mom was killed by a serial killer a decade earlier. Jessica agrees to become part of a reality show featuring a handful of teens, but soon her story takes over all the others as she tries to track down her mom's killer.

Fast paced with extremely short chapters, 14 Ways to Die is all plot with very little character development, setting, or theme. I'm not sure why the reality show even needed to start out with other characters who soon fell b
Phil Dowell (philsbookcorner)
Okay, wow! I loved this - it's been a while since I've sat & devoured a book in less than a day, but this encompasses everything I love about YA thrillers: fast-paced, great characters, original storyline, solid twists - all set within the realm of a YouTube reality show with a true crime angle.

When I opened my Kindle & saw there were 144 chapters, I nearly died - but, don't despair! The chapters are really short & most leave off on a cliffhanger, you'll fly through the pages trying to figure o
Paris That Introvert Reader
What was this?? I really didn't enjoy. Possibly the harshest review I've ever written. Sorry :(

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