Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Blog Tour: Review of I'll Be Watching You by Courtney Evan Tate

Author Courtney Evan Tate
Publisher: Mira
Date of publication: March 2019

In an unthinkable flash, Emmy Fisher’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Leah, seemingly drowns close to shore one summer night—at least that is what the police report says.
In deep grief, Emmy needs time and courage before she can enter Leah’s bedroom. But when she does, she finds something at first bewildering, then unspeakable, as she begins to understand the full implications…
She uncovers evidence that Leah had been secretly involved with someone, someone perhaps older, someone with dark appetites.
Bit by bit, the last few months of Leah’s life unfold in a terrifying way that Emmy can hardly imagine.
All she knows is that she has to find the person who took her sweet daughter’s innocence. No matter the cost.
The truth will set her free. Or bury her.

I really struggled with how to review I'll be Watching You.  I have been thinking about it for days and I'm still not sure, so i will do my best.  The story follows  Emmy, an owner of a bed and breakfast on the beach.  Her 15Yo daughter, Leah, goes missing one night and is presumed dead. As she deals with her grief, she begins to find out that her daughter lived a secret life. 

I think had the book just been from Emmy's perspective, I would have liked it a lot more than I did.  However, we also get Leah's perspective in the months leading up to her disappearance.  I didn't enjoy reading details about a 15YO being groomed and being intimate with  a much older man.  I was really uncomfortable with those sections and still feel kind of icky now.  I have a daughter that age, so that may have played a factor in my feelings about that subject.

I' m not going to say it's a terrible story.  I did find myself waffling between three potential suspects.  and the one I was expecting it to be turned out to be the wrong one.  So that was good.  I think this is one you have to read for yourself and decide.  Just know ahead of time that there is some uncomfortable content in the book.

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About Courtney Evan Tate

Courtney Evan Tate is the nom de plume for New York Times bestselling author, Courtney Cole.  Courtney Evan Tate is her darker side… the side that explores shadowy places.
Courtney lives in Florida with her husband and kids.  She has a passion for raising drug addiction awareness, the Marine Corp (her middle son is a Marine) and being introspective on the human condition.

Connect with Courtney

Instagram tour:
Monday, March 25th: @kingandcoffee
Tuesday, March 26th: @bookstackedblonde
Wednesday, March 27th: @lifeinlit
Thursday, March 28th: @love_my_dane_dolly
Thursday, March 28th: @crystals_library
Friday, March 29th: @readingbetweenthe_wines

Review tour:
Monday, March 25th: @bookpairings
Monday, March 25th: Books and Cats and Coffee and @bookncatsncoffee
Thursday, March 28th: Asha Reads and @ashareads
Monday, April 1st: Jessicamap Reviews and @jessicamap
Tuesday, April 2nd: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Wednesday, April 3rd: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, April 4th: Where the Reader Grows and @wherethereadergrows
Monday, April 8th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Wednesday, April 10th: @readwithjamie
Thursday, April 11th: Sweet Southern Home
Monday, April 15th: Novel Gossip and @novelgossip
Monday, April 15th: Girl Who Reads
Wednesday, April 17th: Tar Heel Reader and @tarheelreader
Monday, April 22nd: The Pages In-Between and @thepagesinbetween
Wednesday, April 24th: Thoughts on This ‘n That
Thursday, April 25th: Books & Bindings
Friday, April 26th: Jathan & Heather
Friday, April 26th: Bookish Connoisseur and @bookishconnoisseur

1 comment:

Sara Strand said...

My oldest is 13 and I think maybe that's what the author is aiming for? Pushing you to have those feelings so you could identify and maybe connect with the author? I bought a copy yesterday so hopefully I can start it this weekend. Thanks for being on the tour!

Sara @ TLC Book Tours