Monday, 20 January 2020
Are You Watching? review
A page-turning new YA thriller for the social media age, perfect for fans of A Good Girl's Guide to Murder and One Of Us Is Lying.
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.
I love a serial killer book and had a great time reading this one! It feels very current, and I raced through it because there wasn't a slow moment.
This book has such a great premise and the use of social media really added to the story. It's an utterly creepy idea that the things we post online could be used against us, and Are You Watching? executes the concept really well.
The plotting is another brilliant thing about this book. Every scene moves the plot forwards and the short chapters meant I couldn't stop reading. Just one, or seven more... There are plenty of clues and suspects to sift through and it was fun trying to solve the mystery as Jess did.
Jess is a really interesting main character. She definitely has agency rather than sitting back and letting events wash over her. She feels believable, making mistakes and getting in over her head.
This is a tense, fun read for YA thriller fans and I'll definitely look out for Vincent Ralph's next book.