Joy Fielding was probably one of the first romantic suspense authors I ever read. I recall reading See Jane Run in the early 1990s and then tracking down everything she wrote before and after for many years. I seem to have missed a few now so jumped at the chance to review her latest, Someone is Watching, when I saw it was available.
Someone is Watching
by Joy Fielding
Published by Bonnier Zaffre
on December 1st 2016
Source: NetGalley, Allen & Unwin
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Psychological Thriller
Bailey Carpenter is a smart and savvy private investigator, until a horrific attack leaves her trapped at home in her Miami high-rise apartment, crippled by paranoia.
Everywhere she looks, she sees the face of her attacker.
Including in the apartment directly opposite her.
Where someone is watching.
We meet Bailey just before she’s attacked. She’s living a pretty charmed life as an investigator for a firm of lawyers. Although she’s lost her parents, her wealthy father bought her an apartment and left his fortune to Bailey and her brother Heath…. much to the disdain of his five previous children. In fact, the only blip in Bailey’s life is the fact her half-siblings are contesting her father’s will… although she’s very comfortably off, so not that concerned.
She’s keeping an eye on someone’s house as part of an investigation one evening when she’s attacked and raped.
Lying low during her recovery Bailey’s frustrated by the police’s lack of progress and struggling to trust those around her.
A former lover, potential suitors, neighbours and even estranged siblings fall under suspicion.
There are positives however, as Bailey’s reunited with her half-sister Claire and teenage niece Jade… the latter adding some flavour to Bailey’s life.
Unhappy with the police’s progress Bailey starts to follow up on suspects herself, seemingly becoming more and more paranoid until those around her start to worry about her mental health.
Of course… what’s that saying about you only being paranoid if they’re not out to get you?
I really enjoyed this book by Fielding. The characters are great. Bailey initially pissed me off as she seemed like a bit of a spoiled princess who’d not had to work for anything, but she grew on me as did the rebellious Jade. Fielding also offers up a lot of grey in her support cast as we readers aren’t sure who to trust or believe and many seem to have their own agendas.
This psychological thriller is well-paced and will keep readers guessing… and – if you’re like me – you’ll need to read it in a sitting.
I received a copy of this book from the publishers for review purposes.
Have you read any Joy Fielding? Are you a fan of psychological thrillers? (Or romantic suspense?)