ABOUT THE BOOK: It takes more than a school trip to Washington, D.C. to change fifteen-year-old Christy’s life. It takes murder. A witness to the brutal slaying of a Senator’s aide, Christy finds herself watched not only by the killers and the FBI, but also by two hot boys. She discovers that if she can’t help the FBI, who want to protect her, it will cost her and her new friends their lives. Young Adults, teens, and adults will love this exciting suspenseful adventure with a dash of romance. You won’t want to put it down.
“You failed…Senator,” the robed man on the right, who appeared to be the leader, said. “What… to impress on you the absolute …of a favorable result in this matter? The news…tell only of …death of the bill…told you had the votes.” I had to concentrate on their mouths to help make out the heavily accented words and the man’s large crooked nose kept distracting me, twitching every time he started a new sentence. “We do!” the Senator said. “…them… bill will pass.” “…not want all this attention…it. ..late,” the robed man on the right continued. “No, No!” stammered the man next to the Senator louder than the others. “You’ll see. We have won.” “…nothing!” The robed man on the right, said. With those words, another guard, standing behind the Senator, raised his arms into the air. Only then did I realize that instead of a gun, his hands were wrapped around a long, thick shiny sword. The light reflected harshly off it. With a loud “Arhhhh!” the robed man whipped the sword through the air and through the neck of the man sitting next to Senator Randolph.
REVIEW: What would you do if you had been a witness to a gruesome murder? What would you do if you felt that the people responsible had eyes on you at all times? Everywhere you turned, everywhere you looked, and every time you spoke…they knew what you were saying? Hogan has an invigorating and suspenseful young adult thriller which will have the reader enticed to learn more about the heroine, Christy and the band of students in which she travels with.
Being a political venture, Christy is young and very trusting. This new scholarship that she has won will allow her to make changes in her life. She does have some bravery, but it all flees upon arriving in a new area with other students who do not know her very well. During this adventure in her life, she does make a numerous amount of mistakes, but one mistake could cost her life and the lives of the group of students accompanying her. Upon stumbling into a well-guarded hotel, making a run for the restrooms, she gets this eerie feeling of possibly been watched. After hearing some voices, she decides to investigate. Thinking that she would find a camera of some perverse way in the stall, she looks through the vents and finds herself fascinated by the suspicious discussion being held in the adjoining ballroom. One thing leads to another and before Christy knows anything is awry, blood has been spilled and one man has been beheaded. Fleeing the bathroom undetected becomes her and her group’s utmost importance, but after the escape…Christy still has an uncertain sense of being watched. What can Christy do to prevent her group from further danger?
Hogan has a great plot, one filled with excitement, entertainment and suspense. The character development is a bit under developed, but these are teenagers after all. This review is complimenting the audiobook. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced and the narrator was a great fit. She changed pitch and vocalization for every character and added sounds for special effect. There were little to no errors that could be heard within this audiobook, which will make it that much more enjoyable for the reader. If you are a reader of young adult suspense and mystery, you may want to pick this one up. Since this is the first installment in the Watched Trilogy, you are able to jump right on in.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cindy M. Hogan is inspired by the unpredictable teenagers she teaches. More than anything she loves the time she has with her own teenage daughters and wishes she could freeze them at this fun age. If she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her snuggled up with the love of her life watching a great movie or planning their next party. Most of all, she loves to laugh. She is the bestselling and award winning author of the Watched trilogy, a YA suspense series with a dash of romance. She has since branched off to write a mystery, Gravediggers, that won Best YA novel of 2013, a contemporary romance, Sweet and Sour Kisses, and three in a spy series, Adrenaline Rush, Hotwire, and Fatal Exchange. Her newest action/adventure series: Code of Silence: Kate Unmasked, Kate Concealed, and Kate Unleashed is now available. She also has several novellas in various anthologies.
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