Bailey Carpenter prides herself on her work as an investigator until one horrifying moment when she is assaulted while on a case. Retreating to the safety of her apartment, she gets anxious at the idea of having to leave it for any reason. So when she picks up her binoculars and looks out her window with the distinct feeling that she is being watched, Bailey is unsure if her fears are valid or just part of her paranoia.
Well, this book was certainly a bundle of anxiety. Right from the get-go, we’re faced with the horrible assault that Bailey experiences, and it’s heavy to read. The mood of the story builds with the heaviness of this circumstance, where we as the reader witness a woman who is falling apart in the aftermath of her attack. The story unfolds through the point of view of Bailey so we make discoveries while she does, we suspect everyone that she does.
That being said, I felt this novel dragged a little bit for me at times. I’m by no means dismissing a victim’s traumatic experiences, but in Bailey’s case it felt very repetitive in terms of a storytelling standpoint. I guess Fielding wanted to really drive home how paranoid and suspicious she was of every single person but it made it a bit uninteresting to read after a while. However, while that mistrust is a constant throughout the nearly 400 pages, the build-up is good and it pays off in the reveals.
I seem to have read quite a few novels with unreliable narrators lately and, I must say, I’m not tired of it. I find this way of storytelling interesting because it keeps me guessing and trying to piece it together before the protagonist does. Kudos to Fielding for Someone Is Watching because I, like Bailey, suspected just about everyone and was thankful that I didn’t figure it out halfway through the book. It’s a good read if you like suspense, thriller and mystery – just brace yourself for the anxiety.