#BookReview #WatchHimDie Craig Robertson @CraigRobertson_ @simonschusterUK

Watch Him Die: 'Truly difficult to put down' by [Craig Robertson]
Source: Waterstones Purchase

I’m over the moon to be sharing my thoughts on Craig Robertson’s latest novel, Watch Him Die.

Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:

ONLY ONE PERSON CAN SAVE YOU. AND HE WANTS YOU DEAD. 

Police find a man dead at his home in Los Angeles. Nothing suggests foul-play but elements of the victim’s house show that something is deeply wrong.

Meanwhile, in Glasgow, DI Rachel Narey is searching for a missing young woman – and the man she suspects of killing her.

When a feed broadcasting the slow and painful death of a final victim is discovered, these two cases become linked.

There’s no way to identify him.
No way to find him
No way to save him.
Not without the cooperation of a killer.

And the only way he will cooperate is if he can watch him die.

My thoughts:

It might have been almost 2 years since his last novel, The Photographer, but Craig Robertson more than makes up for his absence with Watch Him Die, all is forgiven Craig!

Wow! This was so worth waiting for! The 8th in the Narey and Winters series, Watch Him Die, sees DI Rachel Narey takes centre stage in this one, with her partner, journalist Tony Winters, left home holding the baby, quite literally and she proves herself to be a worthy protagonist without her significant other by her side, but hey, we always knew that anyway! I know we are not meant to point out men writing women anymore, but for those out there who still think a man can’t write a woman without reverting to stereotypes, you have never read a Craig Robertson book. Rachel Narey is totally relatable, she is authentic and as a female reader I completely engage and connect with her. She is no superwoman, she has her faults and her flaws but she is real and she is one of those characters who you just want to step out the pages so you can go for a drink and hang around with her. But it is not just female characters Craig writes well, he brings all of his characters alive, some of them you really do not want to meet on a dark alleyway, hell, some of them you wouldn’t want to meet full stop!

As a writer, Craig Robertson, paints a picture with his words, open his books and you will step inside the world he has created. Using real life locations, he brings them to life, whether or not you are sweltering under the sun in Los Angeles or melting in that disgusting smirry rain in Glasgow, the scenes he writes will play out like a movie in your head.

Opening up in Los Angeles and introducing LAPD Detectives, Cally O’Neill and Bryan Salgado the body of a man is found, while there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death what the detectives find in the house raises real concern. Meanwhile back in Glasgow Rachel Narey is doggedly pursuing the man she believes to be responsible for the disappearance of his partner and very soon it becomes clear there is a link between the cases. The introduction of the LAPD was fantastic, Rachel and Cally are so similar and I really would love to see both of them work together again sometime! It added even more tension to the book as the investigation played out across both countries.

With passing references to real life cases, it really does feel as though you are caught up in a real life investigation and the tension caused my heart to almost explode out of my chest as the chase was on to find the man they were watching die. A real cat and mouse, ticking clock read. Full of twists and turns it’s a cliché I know but this really was a wild rollercoaster ride of a read. Right up to the very last minute the tension was almost unbearable!

Be prepared for some gruesome scenes, Craig Robertson shies away from little in his writing but despite the shivers the scenes might give you, they are never gratuitous and always serve to drive the plot forward and most of the time he allows your own imagination to do all the hard work, he simply plants the seeds for you! And don’t worry, that famous dark Glasgow humour is still there providing some refuge and light relief from the tension.

It might be the 8th in the series but each of these books are easily read as a standalone. (But I would recommend you go and read all of his books, you have no idea what you are missing!)

Watch Him Die is one NOT to miss, it ticks all my boxes and more. Please Craig, don’t leave me for another two years for the next one!

Watch Him Die is available from all good bookshops including

Waterstones

Amazon UK

Amazon US

About the author:

Craig Robertson

During his 20-year career with a Scottish Sunday newspaper, Craig Robertson interviewed three recent Prime Ministers; attended major stories including 9/11, Dunblane, the Omagh bombing and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann; beenwas pilloried on breakfast television, beat Oprah Winfrey to a major scoop, spent time on Death Row in the USA and dispensed polio drops in the backstreets of India. His debut novel, RANDOM, was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger and was a Sunday Times bestseller

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