Saturday, 10 August 2013

Watched (Watched #1) by Cindy M. Hogan

Watched (Watched, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
It takes more than a school trip to Washington, D.C. to change fifteen-year-old Christy's life. It takes murder.

A witness to the brutal slaying of a Senator's aide, Christy finds herself watched not only by the killers and the FBI, but also by two hot boys.

She discovers that if she can't help the FBI, who want to protect her, it will cost her and her new friends their lives.

Watched by Cindy M. Hogan

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Watched (Watched, #1)(Source: Downloaded for free from
15-year-old Christy is on a trip to Washington D.C. with some other high school students, when she accidentally witnesses an execution style murder.
From that moment on Christy is sure that someone is watching her and the other students that she was with at the time.
Christy hatches a plan to get a letter to the FBI detailing what she saw, and they promise to look into things for her, and keep her safe.
Is someone following them though? Can they trust the FBI? And more importantly, which boy should Christy choose?

This was an okay story, but for me it dragged, and the love triangle was really unnecessary.

Christy was one of those girls that didn’t listen to her instincts and instead went along with what her friends wanted to do, which is exactly why she ended up in hot water. If she had only spoken up, and voiced an opinion as to what she and her friends should be doing, they would never have ended up in the mess that they got into.
Christy was like this for pretty much the whole book unfortunately. She was so quiet, and so easily led that it got annoying, and I really wanted her to learn to stand on her own two feet, and not be quite so meek!

The storyline in this book was okay, but the pacing was too slow for me. I expected a fast-paced suspense novel, but instead got a story filled with teenage wonderings and musings, random events that added nothing to the storyline, some really lax FBI agents, and a love triangle. Why oh why was there need for a love triangle in this book? Why couldn’t Christy have just had one sweet boy that was interested in her, rather than going from being the girl that nobody asked out, to the girl that had two hot older boys fighting over her?

I have to say that I was actually expecting there to be a twist in this book where it turned out that the people who Christy thought were FBI agents were really the bad guys stringing her along and trying to work out how much she knew. I really thought that that was going to be the case, because the way the agents acted, and the way the whole investigation was carried out felt so shoddy and lax, but that wasn’t the case at all, which really surprised me. The FBI has never acted like a bunch of teenagers playing hide and seek from what I’ve seen on TV, but that’s kind-of what it felt like here.

I also thought that there were some big gaping holes in the plotline of this book. One of the agents claims that they have microchip trackers in the kid’s clothes to track them, but Christy was wearing a brand new dress that one of her admirers had only just bought her, so surely there couldn’t have been a microchip in that already? And then when someone is shot in his LOWER back, he then can’t move his arms? I think that medically speaking that is downright impossible, I’m pretty sure that you would only be paralysed from that point down, and so if you were shot in your lower back, everything above your lower back would still work fine.

The pacing and lack of action in this book just ruined it for me, and I found myself getting bored whilst reading it, I think if this had been shorter, and some of the unnecessary stuff was taken out this would actually have been better.
The ending was okay, but again, it all felt a bit too high school drama club rather than CSI or Criminal Minds. I might read the next book in the series if it is available for free at some point, but otherwise I don’t think I’ll bother.
Overall; an okay-ish YA suspense but the pacing was way off.
5 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. For such a suspenseful sounding novel, a love triangle seems unnecessary.