Welcome to my stop on the I’ll Be Watching You blog tour sponsored by TLC Book Tours! Thanks to TLC for the invitation!
About the Book:
Kate Moretti’s The Vanishing Year meets Kimberly Belle’s The Marriage Lie in this twisty domestic suspense about a teenaged girl who disappears and is thought drowned–and the dark secrets she leaves behind.
Leah, a popular sixteen year old, is uncharacteristically apprehensive the night before her new school year begins. She decides to take a moonlight paddle at her divorced parents’ Florida beachside inn to take the edge off her anxiety. Moments later she vanishes in the water without a trace. The police assume death by drowning since sharks had been sighted nearby earlier in the day. They do a cursory investigation and that’s it. The community comes out to give support, but days later her mother Emily is still wondering what happened to her beautiful daughter. And why is there no body?
In the days that follow, Emily accidentally discovers pornographic images of her daughter on her laptop. Some appear to be selfies taken for someone else’s pleasure. Others are clearly taken by a voyeur and sent to Leah. Shockingly, they reveal darkly tantalizing clues to an older man’s involvement. Emily’s heartbreak turns to deep rage as she sets out to unmask who this monster is who has stolen her daughter’s innocence–and perhaps more. As her suspicion falls on various locals who, as unlikely as they may seem, may have lured Leah into risky, even deadly, behavior–the youth pastor, the long time resident in bungalow 3, his son who visits from New York–she trusts no one. Suddenly her once close knit community, itself its own paradise, has been invaded by evil, an evil that is still lurking in the shadows–one that she is determined to expose.
Leah is sixteen years old and popular. She takes a midnight paddle at the beach because she’s nervous the night before the first day of the school year. Leah disappears while on the water.
The police quickly investigate and deem it death by drowning because sharks have been in the area. Emmy, Leah’s mother, is not buying it and wants to know where her daughter’s body is.
Emmy is checking her daughter’s laptop and finds naked images, some taken by Leah and others taken by someone else and sent to her. These pictures lead to an older man. Emmy works through a list of men who could potentially be the one who harmed her daughter, many living right in her own community.
I enjoyed I’ll Be Watching You and Courtney Evan Tate’s style of writing and telling this story. I loved the setting at the bed and breakfast inn Emmy owns. It added an ambience to the book that kept it from being too dark. I was able to read this one rather quickly, which only added to the strong pacing, and overall, I found this to be an addictive and suspenseful read in the domestic genre.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
Have you read I’ll Be Watching You, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR