Full disclosure – I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book by the authors but have voluntarily provided a review. Watch Her Sleep is scheduled for a March 18, 2021 release
He knows when you are sleeping….
Charlotte Winters thought she knew every nook and cranny of Salem Island. After all, it is where she grew up, where she runs her private investigator’s office and eighteen years ago, it is where she assisted with searching for her sister when she went missing. When a waitress for a local watering hole shows up requesting her assistance with tracking down a potential stalker, Charlie takes the case but soon finds herself part of the search party when she also goes missing. With this case hitting too close to home and bringing back painful memories of her twin Allie, Charlie, and her team work with the police to try to identify and stop the stalker before another girl turns up dead.
Watch Her Sleep is the third in the Detective Charlotte Winters series of novels by author duo Tim McBain and LT Vargus. Having not previously read the first two books in the series, this was my first introduction to this new cast of characters and I was happy to see that the books, while part of an overall series, can also be read as stand-alone offerings. From the very beginning, the story is intense and will grab your attention. I really love how McBain and Vargus get into the psyche of the villain so the reader can see the world through their eyes, With Watch Her Sleep, however, they took this one step further and also provided Charlie with her own running inner documentary in the form of her deceased twin. I thought this was a really unique element that I don’t think I have ever encountered previously and even though it was just the “voices in her head”, I really felt that Allie was a living breathing character in the story. This story, while fast-paced, wasn’t so fast that the reader got lost. The cast of characters was such that the identity of the villain was not known until such a time that I had already suspected and eliminated quite a few others. As the story built to its climax, I found myself not wanting to put the book down – even to the point of waking up in the wee hours of the night to continue reading because I could not leave the characters hanging.
If you are already an established fan of McBain and Vargus, this new series definitely lives up to the quality of storytelling, sinister villains, and mind-blowing plot twists that you have most likely become accustomed to. After having read Watch Her Sleep, I promptly backfilled my library with the first two books in the series “First Girl Gone” and “Girl Under Water” as I have no doubt they will be every bit at gripping as this newest offering. Hopefully, once book Four is released I will be completely caught up with the previous books and will be able to enjoy the series going more fully forward.