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Saturday 18 January 2020

Review: Are You Watching?

Jessica Simmons is an internet star on a mission. She plans to be the one that solves her mother’s murder and capture the serial killer nicknamed the Magpie Man. Nearly 10 years ago, Jessica’s mother was only 51 seconds from home, when she was strangled to death – she was the first victim of this madman.

Jessica auditions for the reality YouTube show called The Eye. The premise of the show is each person selected will be live on camera from the moment they get up in the morning till midnight on the same day each week.

After convincing her father that if he lets her appear on the show, Jessica has a real shot at capturing the serial killer. Jessica then has to convince the school and her BFFs Hanna and Emily that this show will be a great opportunity for them all.

Successfully selected for the show, Jessica then meets her competition – Ryan, Ella, Lucas and Sonia who all have a reason they have been selected for the show. To her horror she soon discovers they must all compete against each other if they want to get an extension on their contract and keep appearing on the show.

Leaving Jessica, no time to waste, she shoots straight from the hip and advertises she will catch the Magpie Man. All she is hoping for is that the killer is watching and will come out of the shadows where she can see him for what he really is.

Her Instagram followers explode, then Jessica starts to receive weird texts. The police contact her and then a brick is thrown through her window – how safe is she? Believing she is getting closer, Jessica starts to take risks only to discover Michael her cameraman has set her up with fake information to boost her popularity.

Disheartened and running out of air time, Jessica thinks she has lost whatever momentum she had in trying to find her Mum’s killer. Then she meets Ross whose mother Sharon was also a victim. Meeting him inspires Jessica to try one more thing, a re-enactment of her mother’s final hours. This triggers a response that sends chills up Jessica’s spine.

But then a body turns up, a new victim of the Magpie Man and everyone on social media blames Jessica. Will she ever learn the truth or is Jessica the next victim? Do not miss a minute of this story – Are you Watching?

Title: Are You Watching?
Author: Vincent Ralph
Publisher: Penguin Random House, $16.99
Publication Date: 4 February 2020
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780241367421
For ages: 14+
Type: Young Adult Fiction