Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Watch the Girls by Jennifer Wolfe (thoughts)
"SOMEONE IS WATCHING
Washed up teen star Liv Hendricks quit acting after her beloved younger sister inexplicably disappeared following a Hollywood party gone wrong. Liv barely escaped with her life, and her sister was never heard from again. But all this time, someone's been waiting patiently to finish what was started...
FOUR MISSING GIRLS
Now fifteen years later, broke and desperate, Liv is forced to return to the spotlight. She crowdfunds a webseries in which she'll pose as a real-life private detective--a nod to the show she starred on as a teen. When a mysterious donor challenges her to investigate a series of disappearances outside a town made famous by the horror movies filmed there, Liv has no choice but to accept.
FOLLOW THE WHITE WOLF
Liv is given a cryptic first clue: Follow the white wolf. And now a darker game is about to begin. Through social media, someone is leaving breadcrumbs to follow. As Liv makes increasingly disturbing discoveries, her show explodes in popularity. A rapt internet audience is eager to watch it all--perhaps even at the cost of Liv's own life..."
Thinking back on my year of reading, this may be the creepiest book that I've read all year. Watch The Girls straddles the line between thriller and horror - and it does it with absolute perfection. There are all of these horror elements throughout the book and creepy moments but it reads like a thriller. I don't know that I've read anything like it but I loved every minute of it! I'm actually a bit surprised that I haven't heard more buzz over this one with other readers if I'm being honest. Liv is quite the main character. She starts off in this book drinking heavily and it almost felt like the unreliable narrator element all over again that you see in so many books lately. I instantly didn't trust her and wasn't even sure if I liked her based off of the decisions she was making. But as the book goes on my viewpoint on her definitely began to change. I'm going to hit slightly spoiler-ey territory here so feel free to skip ahead so I don't ruin anything for you. I started to realize that something had happened to Liv all of those years ago when her sister disappeared that she wasn't remembering. I wasn't sure what but knew that it was important. I also started to trust her more the further I got into the book. There is all of these different things going on and as the reader I was trying to figure out how they all tied together. It was so completely tense and suspenseful! Plus the horror films that were filmed in this small town are there own element themselves in this book. They help to give this book the horror vibe that I got throughout. Plus, as we learn about the different movies you start to wonder if maybe they are playing out in real life. It was creepy let me tell you!
Overall, I enjoyed my time with this book immensely! It was dark and twisted which is everything that I enjoy in a thriller! My favorite part of this book was the sense of foreboding that was present throughout. There were times when I almost didn't want to keep reading because I just had that bad feeling but I literally could not stop reading. It's funny because I actually started reading this one and then it had to go back to the library unfinished (I was pretty early on in the book). I instantly put it back on hold and jumped in as soon I checked it back out. I'm so glad that I didn't let this one linger on my TBR because I enjoyed it so much! I just cannot wait to see what this author comes up with next! Fans of suspense, thriller, or horror should definitely give this book a shot. I can highly recommend!
Bottom Line: One of the creepiest thrillers I've read all year (if not the creepiest)!
Disclosure: I checked this book out from my local library. Thoughts are my own!