Fiction, Mystery/Thriller

The Watcher in the Wall by Owen Laukkanen

Remember how I always say that I have to read the first books in the series before I read another? Well, I broke that rule with this novel! I read the premise for it and just found it to be too good to ignore. I didn’t want to wait until I had gotten the first book so I decided to just go for it!

Carla Windemere and her partner, Kirk Stevens, are part of the joint FBI-BCA violent crimes task force and have had their fair share of disturbing cases, But when Steven’s daughter, Andrea, asks them to investigate the case of a student in her class who committed suicide, things become even more troublesome. What seems to be an ordinary case of suicide ends up being more than just an isolated event. There is a teenage suicide chat group that is presided over by an anonymous person who seems to be pushing vulnerable teenagers to commit the final act and kill themselves. Andrea’s classmate wasn’t the first to be enticed… and won’t be the last. Stevens and Windemere have to find this psychopath – before time runs out for his next victim.

I started this book this morning. And I did not put it down the whole time. My family literally had to take the book away from me so that I would spend time with them and eat dinner. This book was fantastic and had me on the edge of my seat. I could not stop following the journey of all of the different characters. Windemere is one of my favorite detectives of all time. And the psychopath? Well, I loved the way the author depicted him. Everything about this novel was perfect. And my gamble to not read the rest of the series worked! Although there were parts that I couldn’t figure out because I hadn’t read the series, it was minor and not too big of a deal. If anything, this novel convinced me to go back and read everything else connected to Windemere and Stevens. If you are looking for your next crime fiction novel, look no further than this one! It will have you enthralled and full of suspense until the very last page!

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