Hello! Today I’m pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour for Are You Watching by Vincent Ralph, which is available now, for only 99p in eBook! (links below).
About the book
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 her every move.
And so is the Magpie Man.
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 occur to me at the time, but I can see it appealing to that demographic. Sadly I am no longer a particularly young adult but still very much enjoyed this book! You do need to suspend disbelief a few times but this is pretty easy to do in such a fast-paced and intriguing story.
There were a couple of more light-hearted moments, mainly courtesy of best friend Emily, and these balanced well with the darker, more distressing points. I enjoyed all of the twists and turns and did not at all predict the final outcome.
I highly recommend this mystery thriller and would definitely read more from Vincent Ralph.
Thank you to Penguin for the ARC of Are You Watching and to Anne Cater for my spot on the blog tour.
About the author
Vincent Ralph has been writing in one form or another since his teens and always dreamed of being a novelist. He owes his love of books to his mother, who encouraged his imagination from an early age and made sure there were new stories to read.
Vincent has lived in London, Cornwall and Chester but he now lives in his home county of Kent with his wife, son and two cats.
About the Blog Tour
Please check out the rest of the amazing bloggers on the tour for Are You Watching: