Monday, September 12, 2011

Watch Me Die [Hardcover]

I've finished "Watch Me Die" by Erica Spindler.

Product Description

In Spindler's thrilling new psychological drama, one woman's journey to recovery becomes her worst nightmare ...

Before Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, stained-glass restoration artist Mira Gallier had it all: a thriving business doing work she loved and an idyllic marriage to the perfect man. But the devastating storm stole her beloved husband - his body swept away by floodwaters, never to be found.

Now, after years of pain and turmoil, it looks as if Mira is finally on the verge of peace and emotional stability. But her life, like the magnificent windows blown to bits by Hurricane Katrina, is about to be shattered once again. And this time, it's not a killer storm she faces, but a psychopath who will stop at nothing until he possesses her, body and soul ...

First, church windows that she restored are vandalized, and the priest who looked over them brutally murdered. Spray-painted across the glass are the words: He Will Come to Judge the Living and the Dead.

Then, New Orleans is rocked by a terrifying chain of murders that all seem to be linked to Mira. The police, led by homicide detective Spencer Malone, are following a string of clues left by the killer on each victim - and beginning to wonder if the murderer isn't Mira Gallier herself.

As Mira begins to unravel under pressure from all sides - and fear for her life - it's unclear whom she can trust. And when a man from her past appears out of nowhere, sparking something long forgotten in her heart, he quickly becomes the police's new prime suspect. One by one, the people in Mira's life are targeted, until it's clear that the killer has been saving her for last . . . and that there's nowhere left to run.

Product Details
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (June 21, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 031236394X
ISBN-13: 978-0312363949

My Review:
Storyline: We open the book with a grandson who kills his grandma.  He believes God is speaking to him and that he is the second coming or the one who paves the way.  He does this by murdering people who he believes are evil.

Mira Gallier is a stain-glass restoration artist living in New Orleans who lost her husband during Katrina.  She and her husband decided to stay to enjoy the storm but the next day her husband was swept away from a water break.

His filthy rich father believes she murdered his son and has made it a life long decision to ruin her life as long as he lives.  He brings up murder charges against her and when that doesn't go his way he charges her with a wrongful death suit.  She is acquitted and then he gives an interview with a local new station which makes Mira look bad and to accuse her of murdering his son once again.

Connor an old friend comes back during this time while being in the Army and serving a term in Afghanistan.  Mira learns he left because he was in love with her and couldn't stand to watch their relationship.  She also finds out her husband knew why Connor had left and where he was and that he wasn't a good man as she thought.

Then suddenly people that Mira knows or just acquaintances start dying by brutal means.  First a parish preacher is murdered with biblical sayings drawn all over the stain glass windows.  Then a homeless man is killed after stealing her necklace and breaking into her home.  Then her father-in-law is murdered.

Characters:  Mira is devastated by the death of her husband and the after effects of Katrina.  She feels guilty and in pain and unwilling to move forward in life.  I didn't like she didn't want to listen or believe what Connor revealed to her about her husband.  She actually kicked him out of her house and told him never to come back.

Connor is an honorable and dedicated man who has loved Mira since the first time he saw her.  He has been feeling guilty because he knows that Mira's husband wasn't who she thought he was and he didn't want any part of it so he took off.  I didn't like that he wouldn't talk to Mira but would run away when ever the conversation got serious.

Romance:  Hmm not sure about the romance between Mira and Connor at first.  I definately could feel it on Connor's part but I didn't really feel it on Mira's part until near the end!

Killer:  The killer was very screwed up in the head but managed to function properly in society.

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