Melody Hollenback has a problem. Her husband, Jeff, has joined what appears to be a cult. Considering his and her months-long unemployment and Jeff’s clinical depression, Melody has a lot to worry about.
When Jeff exhibits sudden signs of mental wellness, he is convinced the cult is curing him. He becomes increasingly immersed in the teachings, and Melody worries he is pulling away from her. In an effort to hold on to him, she pretends to join the fold. She soon discovers that the cult has long arms and keeps a tight grip on its followers. In fact, one of the group’s ringleaders, the mysterious Floyd, has been keeping his creepy eye on her.
Somebody’s Watching You, the debut novel from Robin D’Amato, reads like a quirky thriller. Set in a community unaware of danger in its tree-lined blocks, the absurd tactics of the cult frame this otherwise simple love story with both dread and humor.
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What reviewers are saying about Somebody’s Watching You:
“A creepy cult grabs hold of a forty-something married couple in this tantalizing tale of unease…. [T]he novel is a hit. Not only are the thriller aspects truly suspenseful, but the motivations are constantly believable……Somebody’s Watching You is a suspenseful psychological thriller that will surely appeal to readers who enjoy a creepy element in their fiction. ” — Tucker Lieberman, Independent Book Review
New review from OnlineBookClub.org. See link below for full review:
“I loved the storyline and thought it was scary that this fictional story reminded me of other religious belief systems and how they may behave in ways similar to those described in this book. I loved the characters, and I enjoyed the build-up of suspense and tension. I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. Any adult reader will enjoy this book who likes a thrilling tale about unscrupulous religious organisations who prey on the vulnerable and use threatening and unlawful tactics to intimidate their members.”—CazRichmond, OnlineBookClub.org
New review from ReadersViews. Full review at link below:
“Somebody’s Watching You” is a contemporary story that is both relevant and well written….The writing is strong, and the author uses it to lure the readers into the psyche of the protagonist. Backstories and present events are interwoven in a captivating manner….I heartily give this [novel] 5 stars as the book is professionally edited, insightful, and beautifully written. This book will certainly tick all the boxes for lovers of psychological thrillers.”—Lily Andrews, Reader Views
“…[a] darkly funny satire….” —Susan Maguire, Booklist
“…[A] story filled not just with intrigue, but personality and passion as Melody and Jeff face … bizarre people who harbor their own form of mental illness, disguised as faith…. The story’s twists, turns, and psychological depth makes it a literary work that will not just engage but enthrall anyone interested in stories of marital change, mental illness, and cult influences.” —
D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review