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Reviewed by Shannon Winings for Readers' Favorite
He Is Watching by Denise Carbo follows Julie Roy, a graphic designer and artist. For the last six months, she has received stacks of photographs at home. These aren't normal photographs she ordered for herself, however. They are photos of her going about her life. Some while she is at work, others in her car, even some of her at home. Even as she is stalked regularly, the police can't do much for her. Rattled, she takes precautions and has not left home much. It seemed that the pictures have stopped too until she opens her laptop one day at work to see her face scrolling across. So she packs a bag, starts driving, and ends up at an old inn in Vermont. There, she inadvertently stumbles across Joe, a tall, dark, and handsome man determined to save her from her demons when he hears about her story. Despite running away and now having someone to rely on, Julie's stalker has caught up to her and is escalating. Will she be able to conquer her problems and live a normal life?
I thoroughly enjoyed He Is Watching, even though it was a rather short read. I thought the writing was beautifully done and the imagery was spectacular. At many moments, I could feel Julie's energy - her fear, panic, worry, and pain. In addition, I quite enjoyed how the author worked in the nuances of stalking and how the criminal justice system handles it. Unfortunately, as someone who works in the field, I have learned that many laws surrounding stalking are lacking and not much can be done from a law enforcement perspective until something drastic occurs. The reader gets to see this in the book and how it affects victims. I think it was wonderful how Denise Carbo worked this into the story, and correctly for that matter.