Title: Watching You
Author: Shannon Greenland
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: July 2, 2018
Page Count: 368
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
Viola’s always been that girl from that family, so a scholarship to a prestigious private school in Florida was supposed to be her ticket out of poverty and into a brand-new life. But Viola’s secrets have followed her. Her relationship with the intelligent and gorgeous Riel should have been the salvation she needed—he understands her troubled past better than anyone. But then weird things start to happen.
Missing personal items.
The unsettling feeling that she’s being watched.
Viola’s never been one to give her trust easily, but she’ll need to trust in Riel if she’s going to survive her stalker. Because she’s not fighting for a new life anymore—she’s fighting to stay alive.
Watching You by Shannon Greenland is a young adult/new adult contemporary suspense. This one really reads a bit more like contemporary romance with a side of suspense to it though but more on that later.
Viola has had a pretty rough start in her young life, her mother is a stripper, father in prison and a drug addict for a sister. Viola however is determined to get out of that situation and to help her other two younger siblings out too so her plan was to win a scholarship to a prestigious private school in Florida to complete her senior year then onto M.I.T.
When Viola arrives in FL however she finds that her rival for the scholarship was none other that the sexy Riel and she begins to feel bad for taking away, especially considering her lies about her family life on the application. Viola had no intention of thinking about boys and relationships though so she tries to avoid Riel and just stick to her studies but she just can’t shake the feeling someone is watching her every move.
Now Watching You was certainly not a bad read at all thus why I’m still giving it 3.5 stars but I would warn to those that really love a good thriller for the intensity that this one was probably 80% romance and 20% suspense… or around that ratio. It was still fun to watch Viola adjust to the rich boarding school life complete with mean girls and cute boys included though in a lovely warm weather setting. I would warn too that there is sexual content included, not overly graphic but definitely there.
As for the suspenseful side of this tale it is easy to remember that something is coming around any turn of the page because occasionally the author inserted short chapters coming from the point of view of the stalker. This creepy unknown narrative is enough to keep that side of the plot on a slow burn until things get brought out a bit more in the story.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Shannon Greenland is the award winning author of several teen novels including the spy series, THE SPECIALISTS, and the contemporary novels, THE SUMMER MY LIFE BEGAN, SHADOW OF A GIRL, and WATCHING YOU. She also writes thrillers under S. E. Green and lives on the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog. Find her at http://www.shannongreenland.com