I'll Be Watching You

I'll Be Watching You

by Andrea Kane

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"I'll be watching you . . ."
the cryptic e-mail read.

Taylor Halstead, psychologist and successful radio personality, is terrified that she'll never be safe again. Coming on the heels of a series of tragic and terrible events, the e-mail sends chills racing up her spine. Her safe, secure world has already been violated by her cousin Stephanie's boyfriend, Gordon Mallory, in her own apartment. Only the door buzzer and Stephanie's intervening voice rescue her, but not before Gordon promises to return. Soon after, he is killed along with Stephanie in an inexplicable explosion aboard his yacht. Or is he?

The e-mail is just the beginning. The terror campaign escalates when an electronically disguised voice on Taylor's telephone threatens to kill her, and her life becomes a nightmare. It seems the only one she can turn to is attorney Reed Weston, her confidant, protector, and, ultimately, lover. But is Reed's determination to protect her enough to avert disaster? And can Taylor trust Gordon's identical twin, Jonathan, who always seems to show up when she least expects him?

Grief and dread unravel Taylor's sanity, playing tricks with her mind and heart. Someone out there wants her dead—a crazed fan or the troubled teenage boy she's been counseling or, impossibly, Gordon himself. His vow to return and those final menacing words—"I'll be watching you"—haunt her day and night. Whoever is out there is coming closer, and Taylor Halstead has nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061835476
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 125,665
File size: 835 KB

About the Author

Andrea Kane's groundbreaking romantic thriller, Run for Your Life, became an instant New York Times bestseller, paving the way for a series of smash hits featuring NYPD detective-turned-private investigator Pete "Monty" Montgomery, and now her current series features the dynamic FBI team of Special Agents Sloane Burbank and Derek Parker. With a worldwide following and novels published in sixteen countries, Kane is also the bestselling author of fourteen historical romances. She lives in New Jersey with her family, where she is learning new ways to sharpen her firearms and investigative skills like a true FBI special agent. Between target practices, she is researching and writing her next supercharged romantic thriller.

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I'll Be Watching You
A Novel

Chapter One

Saturday, September 14
2:35 P.M.
West Seventy-Second Street, New York City

It had been a day from hell.

Four hours in Dellinger Academy's conference room. Two five-minute bathroom breaks. Three sets of hostile parents in total denial. And another one of Taylor's precious Saturdays wasted by an elite private school administration that didn't want to rock the boat.

All the parties involved were so caught up in their own agendas, they seemed to forget that at the center of this storm were three seventeen-year- old kids about to implode.

As a counselor, Taylor had tried desperately to speak for the teens. She knew their fears -- fear of failure, of inadequacy, of letting down their parents.

Fear of growing up.

Didn't anyone remember how traumatic that transition was? Apparently not. Because today's scenario had been as maddening and familiar as always.

After doing her tactful, psychological dance for half a day and getting nowhere fast, Taylor left the boardroom at the close of the meeting frustrated, worried, and with a splitting headache.

By the time she got home and blew through the lobby of her apartment building, she was counting her blessings that her roommate, her cousin Stephanie, was en route to the Hamptons. Taylor had the place to herself. All she wanted was a hot bath, two extra-strength Excedrin, and a long nap.

The last thing she expected, or needed, was to find Gordon Mallory in her living room, as comfortable as if he owned the place.

She stopped dead in her tracks when she saw him, wishing she wasn't already halfway to her bedroom and in full view. If she'd just realized he and Steph were still at the apartment, she would have retraced her steps, waited until they'd taken off, then returned when she could have her peace and solitude.

But it was too late. She was directly across from the living room, and from Gordon. Steph was nowhere to be found, but knowing her cousin, Taylor assumed she was in her bedroom, throwing together some lastminute surprises for her nightlong bash on Gordon's yacht -- a bash she'd be enjoying with about twenty other partygoers. After all, it wasn't every day that a bunch of lucky young Turk investors made a windfall off an investment partnership like the one Gordon had orchestrated. Kudos for the fast crowd.

"Taylor." Gordon tipped his lean, dark head in her direction, raising his old-fashioned in greeting. He'd been strolling from the sideboard to the sofa, sipping his Scotch while he reorganized the contents of Steph's overnight bag. The picture of self-assurance. Right at home.

Then again, Steph had made sure he felt that way from day one. Gordon fit her boyfriend checklist to a tee and then some; rich and successful, good-looking, grand of gesture, glib of tongue. Really smooth. He knew all the right people, went to all the right clubs. On top of that, he was older, sexy, experienced, ambitious -- fast-track all the way. Definitely the kind Steph fell for.

Except that this one had a dangerous edge to him that worried the hell out of Taylor. It was there in his hard brown eyes -- a kind of detached ruthlessness. Taylor just didn't trust the guy.

Unfortunately, Steph did.

"Hello, Gordon." Taylor's tone was cordial but aloof.

He was dressed casually, in khakis, a golf shirt, and dock-siders, but there was nothing casual about the way he carried himself, or about his expression as he eyeballed Taylor. He was scrutinizing her, as one would assess a fine piece of art.

"What a beautiful interruption," he said. "I didn't hear you come in."

"So I gathered." Taylor was used to his I-want-you signals. It was all part of his MO. But this time he was blatant. His intensity was palpable. And the bottle of Scotch was sitting open on the sideboard, ready for him to pour his next refill. How many drinks had he had?

Taylor tossed down her purse and folded her arms across her breasts, her eyes narrowing on his tumbler. "How many Scotches does that make?"

"Two." He set down the glass. "Don't worry. I'm chilling out. But I'm sober."

Yeah, right, she thought. Chilling out. More like revving up. "Good. Because you and Steph have a big weekend planned. Get drunk during the party, not before."

"Sage advice. I'll keep it in mind."

Her headache was getting worse. Taylor didn't want to spar with Gordon; she wanted him to go away. "I didn't realize you and Steph would still be here," she said pointedly. "It's almost three o'clock. Doesn't your charter leave for Montauk soon? I wouldn't want you to miss it."

Gordon's sculpted features tightened. "That's why it's called a private charter. The helicopter will wait until we get there. As for your subtle shove out the door, why the rush? Are you expecting someone?"

"Just my privacy. Look, I didn't mean to be rude. But my day was a killer. I've got a miserable headache. I was hoping for some downtime -- a hot bath and a long nap."

"Poor baby." The hostility vanished. Gordon closed the gap between them and planted his hands on her shoulders, gently kneading them. "Tension has no right ruining such a perfect package. How about a back rub to ease the stress?"

His words creeped her out. His gesture wasn't friendly. It was intimate. So was his proximity. And where he'd positioned himself was like a roadblock.

Taylor's instincts took over. She took an exaggerated step backward, breaking all contact. "No, thanks." She threw a quick glance at her cousin's bedroom, wondering when Steph would emerge. Now that she considered it, the apartment seemed strangely silent. No banging of closets, no thudding of drawers, no cheerful chatter emanating from Steph's neck of the woods. That was weird. Steph was animated and exuberant; you always knew when she was around ...

I'll Be Watching You
A Novel
. Copyright © by Andrea Kane. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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I'll Be Watching You 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard putting this one down. The twists and turns added up to an all engrossing story that had me hooked from the first chapter. Andrea Kane is an maxing storyteller and gifted writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story had a good smoth flow that kept me wanting to get to end Andrea is wonderfull writer
CBNorman More than 1 year ago
all of them are wondrful
Precious_ReaderGirl More than 1 year ago
I had read the reviews for this book beforehand, so I guess I just really built it up in my mind, but it wasn't that good. I don't want to give things away for others, so I will try to talk as generically as possible. The main character and her love interest had the same conversation over, and over, and over again, which really irked me. Also, I had a HUGE problem with the twist in the story. I saw it coming right off the bat, and the DNA "twist" sucked. I already knew about the DNA "twist," and how it related to twins, so as the author kept hinting at it chapter after chapter, I got bored. Those were my two biggest gripes with the book, although I must say that I did NOT see the twist with the bad guy coming at the end. Who he turned into was a surprise, and if I were Taylor I would never have suspected either. It was a good book, just not 5 stars like everyone was saying it was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book I¿ll Be Watching You by Andrea Kane is an awesome novel. Her writing style is suspenseful. She uses sensory adjectives to keep you on edge waiting for the next clue. Mrs. Kane uses real situations to capture your attention. I¿ll Be Watching you has many climaxes all over the book. Her endings are perfect, which means reading the book is definitely worthwhile. If you enjoy reading this novel, check out The Scent of Danger by Andrea Kane.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very well written. I did not want to put is down. Very good plot twists. I can't wait to read some of her other books. Especially if they are just like this one or better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its hard for me to give any book 5 stars. However this book it awesome. Taylor is very headstrong and such a good heroine, however there were times I found her to be stubborn but I got past it. Reed makes a great companion for Taylor. The twist on the story and the killer was such a great ending. I definately recommend it such a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book wouldn't let me put it down. Taylor is emotionally strong and gets through all the madness with the help of Reed Weston. But in the end, she has to put all the pieces together and do what she thinks is right. Only then does she show how truly strong she is, emotionally and physically. I recommend this book entirely and hope you all like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This particular book is by far an awesome one to read, I found myself wrapped up in it so many times that I read for hours on in. It is definetely a page turner and a very suspense novel, if you enjoy being on the edge of your seat this is a great book to read. I think this one runs neck and neck with the Wrong Place, Wrong Time because they both are excellent mysteries and it keeps you in suspense because it doesnt once let on to you who is actually the bad guy until the very last pages of the book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I'll Be Watching You, kept me anxious to find out who was watching. I never knew until the very end who it was. The title says it all. I had a hard time putting the book down. The characters were so real and I felt sorry for Taylor. Reed was unbelieveable. I recommend this book highly. I can't wait to read more of Andrea Kane's work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was not disappointing........like her other contemporary romantic suspense genres it kept me reading and enjoying the exchanges/interplays w/characters. I would (like a previous reviewer stated) like to see her heroine in the future have a teensy little flaw rather than being so perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After being nearly raped by her beloved cousin's boyfriend, Taylor Halstead is shocked, relieved, and grief stricken hours later to learn that the man was blown up in a boating accident, unfortunately, her cousin was with him. That should have ended her ordeal, but it only began it. Weeks later, a stalker attaches himself to her, and then she sees the man who assaulted her, Gordan Mallory. However, it is not Gordon, but his identical twin, Jonathan. He is as determined to get to know her as she is to avoid him. Then, the terror begins to escalate; people are murdered, and Jonathan is the best suspect, placing the new man in Taylor's life, Reed Weston in a most difficult position. He finds himself acting as defense attorney to the man she fears. ....................................... **** From the outset, the suspense will hold you on the edge of your seat. This is not your standard good twin, bad twin book- it is much more complex and well done than that. Andrea Kane has definitely made her mark as a queen of suspense. ****
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tony nominee and Obie Award winner Linda Emond gives another award worthy performance as she relates a story which is part every woman's nightmare and part every woman's dream. How would you feel if you had already been the victim of an attempted rape and then opened your email one day to find a terrifying one line message: 'I'll be watching you....'? Probably every bit as frightened as protagonist Taylor Haltead. A psychologist and radio talk show host Taylor is well familiar with the seamier side of life, and now it seems that this darkness may engulf her. Cousin Stephanie's boyfriend, Gordon, attempted to violate Taylor in her own apartment. She was saved by the ringing of her doorbell. (When an attempted rape is the opening scene, you know you're in for a fast paced listen!) Not too long after this attack both Gordon and Stephanie are killed in a boating accident. Or, so it appears. Taylor is being stalked, but by whom? Gordon does have a twin brother, Jonathan; might he be the one. Soon, Taylor is consumed by fear and runs to handsome attorney Reed Watson for protection, solace (and great sex). At this point, she doesn't know who she can believe or if that really matters because whoever is after her is coming closer and closer.
harstan More than 1 year ago
School psychologist and talk show host Taylor Halstead is dismayed to see her roommate and cousin¿s boyfriend Gordon Mallory in their apartment when she gets home from work. Her shock turns to terror when he attacks her. He stops when her cousin Stephanie buzzes him in the lobby that she is ready to leave. He tells Taylor he¿ll be back to finish what he started. She reports the attack to the police but before they can investigate, the boat Gordon and Stephanie is on blows up, killing both of them. In the course of settling her cousin¿s estate, she meets Reed Taylor, a sexy attorney who makes his attraction to her obvious. She also meets Gordon¿s identical twin Jonathan who makes it very plain that he too is attracted to her. During this same period, Taylor realizes she is being stalked by a very dangerous man whom she believes is Jonathan. Reed becomes her protector, but when Jonathan is arrested for a double homicide Reed agrees to defend him. Taylor doubts whether their relationship could hold up under the strain because the stalker is getting more threatening. Andrea Kane¿s hardcover debut is a smashing success, establishing her as a powerful thriller author. There¿s a growing sense of foreboding that readers can actually feel as the strange e-mails, and terrorizing phone calls hint that this stalker will not be stopped until he accomplishes his goal to have Taylor. The romantic sub-plot between Reed and Taylor is beautifully developed and plays out believably. Readers will be watching Andrea Kane after this delightful new year treat. Harriet Klausner
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
An OK story about a woman who survives an assault by her cousin’s boyfriend only to find herself the object of a stalker’s attention. The story had a lot of promise but I had a hard time connecting with the characters. It wasn’t hard to figure out that Gordon was the stalker, but after he was declared dead early on in the story kept me trying to figure out how he was stalking her while keeping his identity a secret. Most of the story revolves around Taylor living in fear. Fear over Gordon’s assault, fear of his promise to come back and finish what he started, fear over the emails and the new stalker, fear over meeting Gordon’s identical twin brother. The majority of this story is predictable, but what interested me is finding out about Gordon’s background and why he became the person he did. Though I didn’t feel a connection to them, I liked Taylor and Reed. I just never felt their reactions and responses came to life. Overall, this book had a lot of potential but never seemed to get off the ground.