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Watch Her Vanish

(Rockwell and Decker #1)

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Fear hits her like a wave crashing against the sheer cliffs nearby. She sees the woman’s feet first, then the legs bent like broken driftwood. Then, the blouse strewn open; the marks on her beautiful neck. Her knees buckle as a hand grabs her elbow to break her fall.

Forced home to Fog Harbor, California, to look after her little sister, Criminal Psychologist Olivia Rockwel
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Paperback, 441 pages
Published October 9th 2020 by Bookouture (first published October 6th 2020)
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PamG
WATCH HER VANISH by Ellery A. Kane is a crime thriller and the first book in the new Rockwell and Decker series. It is also the first book that I have read by this author. Olivia Rockwell is the head psychologist at the local prison and one of her most violent patients is implicated in the murder of a missing teacher. How is this possible? He is in prison. Is he guilty? Is someone setting him up as the culprit?

Olivia as well as lead detective, Will Decker, took a while to get to know, but they w
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Carolyn
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand it was a very suspenseful psychological thriller and on the other hand I found the main characters had somewhat cliched flaws, as was their love/hate relationship.

Prison psychologist Olivia Rockwell's most dangerous and volatile patient is serial killer Drake Devere. As well as being sinister and totally creepy he is very intelligent and loves to play mind games with her and the other prisoners. He's also written a book about a serial killer
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Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
I enjoyed this rather unsettling book. Psychologist Olivia Rockwell returned to Fog Harbour, California, two years ago to keep an eye on her much younger sister, Emily. She heads up the Mental Health Unit at the Crescent Bay State Prison (CBSP). Detective Will Decker (Deck) moved to Fog Harbour from the SFPD to reset his career. Both have skeletons in their closets. So when someone starts killing women who work at the prison these two get a bit antsy.

The first to die is Bonnie McMillan who turns
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CYIReadBooks (Claire)
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Watch Her Vanish is the first book in the Decker and Rockwell series. Set in California, Olivia Rockwell, the chief psychologist at Crescent Bay Prison, is forced to work with police detective Will Decker to solve a series of murders. The victims of these murders are all women -- all of them were employees at Crescent Bay Prison.

Somewhat of a "whodunnit" mystery, Watch Her Vanish approaches the classic "whodunnit" from a different angle. The evidence gathered at the crime scenes all lead to the
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Bam cooks the books ;-)
**Did Not Finish**

As a lover of books, and especially thrillers, it's painful for me to make the decision that a book just isn't for me and give up on it. This one has several of the right ingredients for a good thriller: murders; atmospheric setting; troubled protagonists. But none of those have interested me enough to keep on reading past what I found annoying:

Clumsy writing: as if the author is working too hard to be original: For example: "In the scrutinous glare of his headlights..." That o
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Cathy
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Watch Her Vanish by Ellery Kane
1st book in new series and it starts off with a scream! Excellent storyline, characters are well fleshed out and you come to know them and their weaknesses and strengths, this book was a fast read and kept my interest all the way through. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good mystery that grabs ahold and keeps you reading till the end! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for this book and letting me leave my opinion!!
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This was my first time reading this author, and I am sure it will not be my last. I am always on the lookout for thrillers/mysteries which will keep me guessing and have me on the edge of my seat. Watch Her Vanish, the first book in the Rockwell and Decker series, delivered all that and more.

Criminal Psychologist Olivia Rockwell returned home to Fog Harbour afte
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Mackey
Rockwell is a prison psychiatrist and Decker is a local detective. Together they work to solve a string of murders surrounding the local prison. Both Rockwell and Decker have a loved one in another prison and both have a lot to lose if they cannot keep their private lives separate from the current case - of course that isn't likely to happen.

I'm not sure why I didn't connect to this particular book, the characters, the plot but I didn't at all. I really didn't care for the prison scenes but usu
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Portia
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
Decker and Rockwell come together to resolve the case, and before more bodies show up.

The murder takes place in Crescent Bay prison. It is not a straightforward job to work in a prison. It puts pressure and; the job needs also need patience and are taxed, on the mind.

Olivia Rockwell is a Stanford graduate and has worked with the FBI. As the coroner, Chet describes her “she is a big deal”. Olivia has created a wall around to protect herself and her sister, Emily. She also works in the same prison
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Samantha Gonsalves
Watch Her Vanish is a great start to the new Rockwell & Decker series. I loved the way the book started, continued & the ending now wishes I have the next one in my library asap. The characters in this book were very intriguing & the plot was really good. For some reason the characters of Rockwell & Decker gave me major "Sara Linton & Will Trent" vibes - the main characters from Karin Slaughter's famous series. From the perspective of a seasoned thriller reader, I found the identity of the kille ...more
☕️Kimberly
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Welcome to Fog Harbor, California, where the primary employer is Rockwell Prison, a maximum security penitentiary.

Criminal Psychologist Olivia Rockwell lives with her sister in their family home and both work at the prison. The two have baggage and secrets, but I liked Olivia and found her to be a strong character.

When a missing woman turns up dead, it shakes the small town. Detective Will Decker and his partner are assigned to work the case. When another body turns up, it looks like they may ha
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Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

As a reader, if an author's inability to reel me in to the story from the get-go, I mark it down as a failure.

This novel was uninspiring, dull, and mediocre at best. There wasn't much to say about the characters. No one stood out and the romance aspect between Olivia and Will—I didn't buy it. I wasn't able to see the connection and would have thought they would have worked better as partners than romantic interests.

To add on to that, let's talk about the plot. It just wasn't i
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Robin Loves Reading
Criminal Psychologist Olivia Rockwell has been back home in Fog Harbor, California, since the death of her mother and has been caring for her younger sister. She really is not happy there, but she feels she must stay and make it work. When she hears a scream one night, she immediately reacts and rushes towards the chilling sound, only to see the body of a dead woman.

She approaches the scene, not paying attention to protocol. When Detective Will Decker sees the crime scene disturbed by Olivia he
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Alicia Bayer
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I was a little let down by this one. Parts are so cliched -- the detective is tough, handsome and rugged, with a painful past. He's instantly attracted to the female lead, a beautiful, smart psychologist who has her own painful past, but he also instantly bristles to her. They do the old "love 'em, hate 'em" thing where they both rankle each other and everybody knows they're smitten. She's strong except in his arms. All that.

The main story is that women who work for a prison keep ending up dead,
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Elaine Tomasso
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of Watch Her Vanish, the first novel to feature psychologist Olivia Rockwell and Detective Will Decker, set in Fog Harbour, California.

Olivia is working as a psychologist in the local prison, Crescent City, when one of her workmates disappears. It’s not long before her body is discovered, garrotted with her clothes in disarray. She’s only the first victim and Deck and his partner JB realise they’re are hunting a serial killer and
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Kat Dietrich

Watch Her Vanish by Ellery A. Kane is t
he first in the Rockwell & Decker series.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Series Information:

Olivia Rockwell is a Criminal Psychologist working at Crescent Bay State Prison, in her hometown of Fog Harbor, California.  Her father is in another prison, serving a life sentence.  Detective Will Decker moved to Fog
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Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Bonnie McMillan vanished, was swallowed up by the earth, gone. “Watch Her Vanish” is told in alternating points of view so readers know get to know the characters, what they say, what they think, and what they do. Events are seen from different perspectives, so readers know what characters do not. Interspersed between the narratives are newspaper reports providing yet another view of the situation. The characters are multifaceted with complicated pasts that are slowly unveiled. There are failed ...more
Denise
Dec 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in a new mystery/thriller series featuring psychologist Olivia Rockwell and Detective Will Decker. The setting is Fog Harbor, California, present day.

Women are being murdered and all of them have a connection to Crescent Bay State Prison where Olivia works in the mental health section there. All of the evidence points to an incarcerated serial killer, Drake Devere. Rockwell and Decker end up working together to figure out if Drake is really committing these crimes. NO SPOILERS.
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Stanley McShane
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A mysterious murder of one of the workers at the prison opens the narrative. Ms. Kane has developed characters that are both engaging and exasperating. Heap that on a prison system with type A personalities and both officers and inmates jostling for position and control and the plot develops.

Olivia Rockwell is a Doctor of Psychology who strives to rehabilitate these hardened convicts. A mysterious murder of one of the workers at the prison opens the narrative. She and her younger sister Emily a
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Darcia Helle
Someone please give me closure!

Watch Her Vanish has so much potential. The writing is engaging, with moments of perfection. Sometimes I’d linger over a sentence for the sheer pleasure of the rhythm and wording.

BUT. Why oh why does there have to be a “but?”

Pacing is slow due to a large amount of repetition, particularly in regards to the main characters’ backstories. Too much of this book is spent dwelling on, expounding upon, worrying about, blaming, shaming, and focusing on Olivia’s and Will’s
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Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
If that opening doesn't grab you and make you want to keep reading then I don't know what to tell you because that opening was epic!

This author just keeps getting better with her new book that comes out. I can see so much improvement from her YA trilogy! But enough about that, let's just talk about this fast-paced read, shall we?

Olivia and Deck are our main characters and boy do they both harbor some deep secrets that we get to slowly uncover. We get to watch them try and figure out who is kil
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Shalini
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Olivia Rockwell was a prison psychologist who had returned home to look after her younger sister, and one of the violent prisoners was accused of the murder of a teacher. It was up to Olivia and Detective Will to get to the truth.

I liked reading the book from a psychologist's input into the mystery. Both Will and Olivia seemed competent, but I was not too fond of their chemistry and weird behavior. At times, I felt that they were like poles of the magnet, repelling each other. All the character
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Jackie
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an outstanding story. Plenty of suspense to keep you going until the end. If this is an example of more to come, it will be difficult to wait for the next one. Don’t miss out once it’s released.
Cindy
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a great start to a new series. This is a crime thriller with a hint of romance. I was glued to the pages until the end. Large cast of characters both good and bad.

This book is centered around the residents of Fog Harbor, California where the majority of them work for the Crescent Bay State Prison. When one of their employees is murdered the signs point to incarcerated serial killer Drake Devere. But his psychologist Olivia Rockwell doesn't understand how a man on death row could have commi
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Bridget
Watch Her Vanish by Ellery A. Kane is the first book in her new Rockwell and Decker series. Prior to this, I read The First Cut which was so good that I gave it a five-star rating, so I was keen to get stuck into this crime thriller. Olivia Rockwell is the lead criminal psychologist at the local prison in her hometown of Fog Harbor, California and one of her most violent patients, Drake Devere is implicated in the murder of a missing teacher. Sure of Devere's innocence in this crime, Olivia and ...more
Julie Lacey
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great start to a new series.
Olivia is attending a church service when she hears a scream outside. She goes over to help and sees that a body has been discovered.
The body is of a woman she knows from work as a psychologist at the prison.
Detective Will Decker is next on the scene and it’s clear there’s something between him and Olivia.
It takes a while for the two of them to get used to each other but soon they’re working together to try and find a murderer.
All signs point to the kil
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Gail C.
Oct 02, 2020 rated it liked it
A well written, intense novel, this is the first in the proposed series Rockwell and Decker featuring Dr. Olivia Rockwell, a prison psychologist and Det. Will Decker, a shunned San Francisco detective who has moved to Fog Harbor, Ca. to try and escape his past and broken family. Both of these characters are carrying a boat load of past “issues” that are weighing them down. As they try to move forward in life, they each keep large areas of their lives walled off from anyone with whom they come in ...more
Jacqueline  sharp
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a good read. Olivia Rockwell is a Psychologist who returned to Fog Harbour, California to keep an eye on her younger sister, Emily. She is in charge of the Mental Health unit at Crescent Bay State Prison. But she has secrets that she wants no one to find out. Detective Will Decker has also moved to Fog Harbour from the San Francisco Police Department, in the hope of getting his career back on track, but why did he have to leave SFPD in the first place? It seems he has secrets as well. No ...more
Syeda Sumayya Tariq
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, thrillers
Dead bodies are being found, one after another, all posed and staged, all belonging to the female staff of the town Prison. All evidence leads to the most dangerous criminal serving life at the prison, all murders a recreation of his book. But how is he doing it from behind the bars?

This is the first book in a series and it surprises even me to say, I’ll be looking forward to the next instalment. Even for a 400-page book, it was gripping and fast-paced, minus just a few minor lulls. It took me a
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Rah
Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it
There’s a serial killer loose going after women who work at the local prison, and the prime suspect is a prisoner who is locked away for life. So how is he escaping, in order to commit these crimes, who is helping him, or is there a copy cat set on making him look guilty.

Olivia also works at this prion, and is the psychologists to many inmates, including Drake Devere. Olivia knows him well, but how is it that the main suspect of these new crimes is locked away already. Olivia helps out detectiv
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Forensic psychologist by day, novelist by night, Ellery Kane has been writing--professionally and creatively--for as long as she can remember. Just like many of her main characters, Ellery loves to ask why, which is the reason she became a psychologist in the first place. Real life really is stranger than fiction, and Ellery's writing is often inspired by her day job. Evaluating violent criminals ...more

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