When Jake Boulder is asked by his PI friend to help investigate the vicious murder of Kira Niemeyer, he soon finds himself tracking a serial killer who selects his next victim in a most unusual manner.
As the body count rises, Boulder has to work with the police to identify the heinous killer before more lives are taken. What ensues is a twisted game of cat and mouse, that only Boulder or the Watcher can survive
I was looking forward to reading it after enjoying his previous books. And you can read my reviews on those books HERE
I had to remind myself that WATCHING THE BODIES is the start of a new series featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder. And as with any new series of books I think you have to go in with an open mind, especially when you have previously enjoyed the authors other works.
I certainly had nothing to worry though once I got into this bad boy. By god I enjoyed it.
I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it so much when I realised it was set in the US. I don't know why I think I just presumed it was going to be set in the UK somewhere. Never presume they say. Because it's safe to say I more than enjoyed it. If I'm honest now after reading it then this probably wouldn't have worked so well had it been set in the UK.
Jake Boulder, well what a character and a half he is. Jake along with Alfonse make a great duo. Jake is helping Alfonse on a case he has with his PI firm. A local has been killed and her father has no confidence In the local police and hires Alfonse to help find her killer. In turn Alfonse wants Jake on board with him. They soon end up where they are helping the police with this case, and this is where I felt it really got going. With a police force as bad as this one it's lucky that Alfonse and Jake take the case on.
Jake seems to be one of those people that can't help attract trouble, he's very handy with his fists, but of course only in self defence and he can certainly look after himself. This is probably why his good buddy Alfonse and Jakes mother always worry about him.
I loved his mothers character, she was just first class.
But I seriously loved Jake Boulder. And in the hunt in this book for The Watcher I feel we have gotten to know Jake really well, yet I also think there is a whole lot more to him that will come as the series progresses.
I can see this series going on to be one awesome and big series. A series of books that once discovered with have many, many readers waiting and praying for the next one. I am certainly going to be one of those readers. I'm thrilled that I have read somewhere that Graham is now set for work on book 3, How cool is that. I just hope Graham can throw them out quick enough because I for one don't want to wait to long to read more.
I'm worried about giving to much away. But what I can say is this is a great start to what I hope will be a long running series.
I don't know where Graham gets all his ideas for these books, but I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this one.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well respected review site Crimesquad.com for over two years.
As well as reviewing for Crimesquad.com Graham has also interviewed such stellar names as David Baldacci, Jeffrey Deaver, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Matt Hilton, current CWA Chair Peter James, Mark Billingham and many others.
When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.