Watch For Me by Martin Bodenham @MartinBodenham @RandomTTours #blogtour #bookreview #WatchForMe

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Wooo hooooo! It’s Friday so the weekend is here! How’s about a new book to disappear into for a few hours??

Massive thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on the blog tour and for my advanced e-copy of Watch For Me.

The Blurb

Tom Harper, a Vancouver Island realtor, has the client from hell, Ali Page, a beautiful and intelligent young lawyer returning from the mainland to take up a job with an island law firm. Trouble is there’s always something wrong with the properties Tom shows her, always a reason not to commit. Finally, after they find a condo she likes, he receives a text thanking him for his help. Ali signs off: I’m sad we won’t get to spend more time together. Often cold and withdrawn throughout their weeks of searching, Ali’s words seem strangely out of character.

The texts keep coming, increasingly incoherent and disturbing. What does Ali mean by: we have a special connection, and why on earth would she say: I’ll be here for you when you leave your wife? Happily married, Tom cannot understand why a woman not much older than his teenage daughter is suddenly obsessed with him. When he rejects Ali’s unsolicited advances, Tom soon discovers the sinister depths to which a delusional mind will sink to obtain what it wants. Isolated and seemingly abandoned by the police and legal system, this is the story of one man’s struggle to rescue his marriage, his family, and his sanity in the face of overwhelming psychological and physical torment.

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What Did I Think?

OMG!!! What a psycho Ali is! She’s as delusion as Peyton in The Hands That Rocks The Cradle just in a different obsessive way. I guessing she’s rather like Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction but that’s one film I’ve never got round to seeing (shocking I know).

What Tom faces after he apparently finds Ali her dream first home is total madness. This woman is seriously has a screw loose in her interpretation of his casual attempts of conversation. I would love to know what goes on in her head.

I devoured in two sittings, eyes glued to the page, index finger tapping the page turn as I was desperate to know whether Ali would get her comeuppance or would Tom’s life be well and truly destroyed. Obviously I was rooting for our innocent Tom but as I tapped the pages, I didn’t hold out much hope. Bodenham has created a truly evil adversary in Ali, a convincing and manipulative lying woman. The worst kind of woman.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read something quite so in your face stalkerish (yes that is a word, well in my world it is) but Watch For Me really captured my attention. Brilliant psych-thriller!!

Who Is Martin Bodenham?

Martin Bodenham

Martin Bodenham is the author of the crime thrillers: Crime And Justice, The Geneva Connection, Once a Killer and Shakedown. Watch For Me is his latest novel, published 16 August 2021 by Down & Out Books, a US-based publisher of crime fiction, founded in 2011.

After a thirty-year career in private equity and corporate finance in London, Martin moved to the west coast of Canada, where he writes full-time. He held corporate finance partner positions at both KPMG and Ernst & Young as well as senior roles at several private equity firms before founding his own private equity company in 2001. Much of the tension in his thrillers is based on the greed and fear he witnessed first-hand while working in international finance.

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