Review: I’ll Be Watching You by Courtney Evan Tate


Release date: March 26, 2019

Publisher: MIRA

Genre: Mystery/Thriller



In an unthinkable flash, Emmy Fisher’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Leah, seemingly drowns close to shore one summer night—at least that is what the police report says.

In deep grief, Emmy needs time and courage before she can enter Leah’s bedroom. But when she does, she finds something at first bewildering, then unspeakable, as she begins to understand the full implications…

She uncovers evidence that Leah had been secretly involved with someone, someone perhaps older, someone with dark appetites.

Bit by bit, the last few months of Leah’s life unfold in a terrifying way that Emmy can hardly imagine.

All she knows is that she has to find the person who took her sweet daughter’s innocence. No matter the cost.

The truth will set her free. Or bury her.


Sometimes I’m in the mood for a lighter style thriller, I’m kind of on a thriller break right now, but I liked the sound of this one despite my self imposed ban. I got the sense that it would focus on the domestic comings and goings of one family and their dynamics with the thrills being on the lighter side and I was right, which is exactly what I was looking for. Isn’t it the best when you read a book at the exact right moment?!

Books that tap into my worst fears as a parent always manage to hook me, there’s something both terrifying and captivating about dark situations that could potentially happen to me and this was no exception. When Emmy’s daughter dies and her grief just absolutely consumes her I could only sympathize with her and completely understand why she couldn’t even open her daughters bedroom door because she was so devastated. I could also understand when she was finally able to start digging into Leah’s personal life because she just wanted any sort of connection to her child, even if what’s uncovered is shocking. I felt so horrified on her behalf when she began to uncover some of Leah’s dark secrets and that’s always the sign of a great writer for me. This one was definitely an emotional read for me, as much as I was invested in what Leah was up to, I was so heartbroken for Emmy and that’s what really won me over in the end.

This was a quiet suspense, a subtle style with such great writing I read it in just two sittings. It flips back and forth between a couple of months before Leah dies and the present day so it’s a slow and methodical process to get to the truth. It was one of those that kept me guessing and then second guessing everything which is always appreciated in any sort of thriller. For a light thriller the subject matter does go dark so keep that in mind, there is a definite creep factor here that will sketch you out.

I’ll Be Watching You in three words: Creepy, Nuanced and Methodical

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

4 thoughts on “Review: I’ll Be Watching You by Courtney Evan Tate

  1. Sara Strand says:

    I am SO WITH YOU- any book that will scare me as a parent, I’m all in. Which can’t be logical at all but here I am, ready to hold my teenager’s hand to the bus stop and back while she dies a little inside. HA! Thanks for being on this tour!
    Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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