Today I am very pleased to share with you a guest review by Elaine Tomasso. I have Elaine’s permission and blessing to share this with you and this is also available on Goodreads via this link: Elaine Tomasso’s Review
Elaine Tomasso‘s review
I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for an advance copy of Watching You, the fourth novel to feature PI Tyrone Swift.
Ty is engaged by the Maddox family, grandfather Gabe and grandson Thomas to investigate a series of menacing e-mails they have been receiving which include references to Thomas’s son Oscar who was abducted from his pram two years before.
I enjoyed Watching You. There is nothing particularly new in it, the family have a stalker who is slowly escalating and the PI blunders around until a few random events lead him to a solution, but it is well done. The e-mails are creepy, Thomas’s fear and instincts seem real and the extent of the stalker’s manipulation is a masterclass in misdirection, although I had a good idea of who but not why by about half way through – a coincidence too many. I’m not normally a fan of the current vogue for italicised chapters of the perpetrator’s thoughts but I was impressed with them in this novel. They are not overly intrusive but convey perfectly his psychopathic sense of entitlement and need to hit out.
Ty Swift is a good protagonist. He is a genuinely nice man but no pushover. He has some ongoing personal problems, like a new daughter with his married ex girlfriend, which he handles delicately until enough is enough. It is good to see that situation edging towards a solution as sometimes these types of stories begin to get repetitive over several novels. He is also a smart and dedicated detective, even when dealing with the secretive and extremely obnoxious Gabe Maddox whom everyone else would have told to sling his hook!
Watching You is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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Who is watching him and what does he want?
Two years ago someone kidnapped Thomas Maddox’s six-month-old son. The case has never been solved and the boy has never been found.
Now someone is watching Thomas and sending him dark emails. And Thomas keeps suffering nasty accidents.
The police won’t do anything more, so Thomas’s wealthy grandfather hires Tyrone Swift to shed light on the case.
Can ex-police detective Tyrone Swift get to the bottom of this tangled web of family secrets and pain, and is there any hope of finding the child alive?
WATCHING YOU is a beautifully written mystery that will have you gripped from start to pulsating finish.
Perfect for fans of Robert Galbraith, P.D. James, or Ruth Rendell.
“I was born and brought up in London. My parents were Irish. I studied for a B.A. in English at The University of Ulster and subsequently a qualification in Social Work. I taught English in secondary schools, then worked in social care for many years.
I started writing for children in my thirties and had five books published with Poolbeg Press. My first adult fiction novel won a bursary from East Midlands Arts. My first published novel, Araby, was with Harper Collins, followed by Marble Heart. Robert Hale published the next three novels; Fire and Ice, Out of the Blue and The Apple of Her Eye.
I have had two short stories, The Old Master and The Gold Digger, commissioned by and read on Radio Four.
I have always been an avid reader of psychological thrillers and crime fiction and decided, in retirement, to turn to crime. I am currently working on releasing my fourth novel featuring private detective Tyrone Swift.”