Book Review: Watching You by Michael Robotham
Watching You by Michael Robotham
Marnie Logan is having a very desperate time in life. Her husband has been missing for more than a year, and there are no clues as to whether he is alive or dead. Unable to access her husband’s accounts or to claim on his life insurance, Marnie is struggling to provide for her two children, one a teenage girl with attitude, the other a young son with health problems. Worse, her husband had gambling problems, and the man he owed money comes to collect – forcing Marnie to turn to prostitution to pay back the debt. Adding to the stress in her life all the time she has this creepy feeling that she is being followed. The only good thing is that she is eligible for free mental health care, and ends up seeing psychologist Joe O’Loughlin, a recurring character in many of Michael Robotham’s books. A very experienced and intuitive psychologist who is battling Parkinson’s Disease, Joe is increasingly concerned about Marnie.
Marnie eventually finds an album packed with photos and interviews from friends, old flames, workmates and former teachers that Daniel was organising as a surprise for her birthday. It was supposed to be a celebration of her life, which holds surprising clues to what might have happened to her husband and what will happened next.
This is a wonderful psychological thriller that will have any reader turning the pages. It really will keep you guessing until the very end. Is her husband dead or alive? Is someone really following her? Does Marnie have mental problems? Will she give up the prostitution? What is going to happen to her troubled children? My only complaint, that while the ending resolves many of these issues, it does seem quite far-fetched. But, hey, it’s fiction, so just suspend your disbelief!