The Watson Girl Book Review

The Watson Girl Book Review

Title: The Watson Girl
Author: Leslie Wolfe
Published: January 16, 2017, Italics Publishing
No. of Pages: 244
Cover Price: $9.99 Paperback, $.99 Kindle

FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett is a unique character, and is featured in a series of serial killer thrillers by bestselling author Leslie Wolfe. Tess has had a traumatic life; she was a rape victim, and a recent stabbing victim, leaving her slightly bitter and very difficult for her co-workers to partner up with. She is a perfectionist and works cases without thinking of the consequences to others – her only focus is to solve them and she will stop at nothing. In the second installment of the series, The Watson Girl, Tess has found new evidence that a serial killer dubbed The Family Man isn’t responsible for at least three murdered families that he is blamed for; her work to bring the actual serial killer to justice will step on many toes and make several of her law enforcement colleagues look incompetent, which doesn’t make her very popular. It seems she is on the verge of being fired, and most of the other agents would like to see that happen.

Laura Watson isn’t aware that her family’s murderer is free and still murdering, but she wants to remember the details of that horrible day 15 years prior when she was five years old and hid in a laundry hamper to escape being killed. Laura needs closure, and appears on television with a psychologist who believes she can help Laura remember by using some new methods. This, of course, makes the real killer anxious that he may be caught, and he decides it’s time to kill Laura.

The chapters in the story go from Tess to Laura to the serial killer. The prose is well-written, and the most interesting part is that readers can get insight into how a serial killer actually thinks. Although it may not be what serial killers really think (who can really be sure), it seems very true-to-life and is very believable. What is a typical story in the thriller genre has been elevated to fascinating because of these insights into the killer’s thoughts.

As with any good thriller, the protagonist and main characters, who, incidentally, are well-developed, are in danger for their lives, and the building suspense makes it difficult to put the book down. Wolfe has done an excellent job of telling the story and most thriller aficionados will welcome Tess as a new and innovative hero. The Watson Girl is a fast read with a great storyline.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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