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When a killer chooses you, what choice do you have? Thirty years ago, Elise and Nathaniel shared a horrific trauma that united them in grief. Now, grown up and married with a young family, they feel their worst nightmares are behind them. Until the day their daughter is abducted and murdered.Both Elise and Nathaniel lost their mothers to a notorious killer who manipulat When a killer chooses you, what choice do you have? Thirty years ago, Elise and Nathaniel shared a horrific trauma that united them in grief. Now, grown up and married with a young family, they feel their worst nightmares are behind them. Until the day their daughter is abducted and murdered.Both Elise and Nathaniel lost their mothers to a notorious killer who manipulated innocent victims into taking their own lives. Could it be that ‘the Watcher’ has returned for another round of the same sadistic game? Why now? And why are Elise and Nathaniel being targeted again?When Elise’s family falls under suspicion, her world crashes down around her. Is there anyone she can trust, or is her whole life built on lies?Only one thing is clear: someone left their cruel game unfinished all those years ago. This time the Watcher intends to win – once and for all.


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When a killer chooses you, what choice do you have? Thirty years ago, Elise and Nathaniel shared a horrific trauma that united them in grief. Now, grown up and married with a young family, they feel their worst nightmares are behind them. Until the day their daughter is abducted and murdered.Both Elise and Nathaniel lost their mothers to a notorious killer who manipulat When a killer chooses you, what choice do you have? Thirty years ago, Elise and Nathaniel shared a horrific trauma that united them in grief. Now, grown up and married with a young family, they feel their worst nightmares are behind them. Until the day their daughter is abducted and murdered.Both Elise and Nathaniel lost their mothers to a notorious killer who manipulated innocent victims into taking their own lives. Could it be that ‘the Watcher’ has returned for another round of the same sadistic game? Why now? And why are Elise and Nathaniel being targeted again?When Elise’s family falls under suspicion, her world crashes down around her. Is there anyone she can trust, or is her whole life built on lies?Only one thing is clear: someone left their cruel game unfinished all those years ago. This time the Watcher intends to win – once and for all.

30 review for I Choose You

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bridgett

    I've been on a roll with stinky books, and this one was no exception. There was so, so much going on with this novel. Too much. Red herrings abound! Unfortunately, it was obvious 99% of them were added as an afterthought, meaning it was still quite easy to figure out who the "Suicide Watcher" was. So, let me give you a brief rundown of the crap-fest that is this story (no spoilers...this is all established very early on): Elise and Nathaniel are married, having bonded over their mothers' suicide I've been on a roll with stinky books, and this one was no exception. There was so, so much going on with this novel. Too much. Red herrings abound! Unfortunately, it was obvious 99% of them were added as an afterthought, meaning it was still quite easy to figure out who the "Suicide Watcher" was. So, let me give you a brief rundown of the crap-fest that is this story (no spoilers...this is all established very early on): Elise and Nathaniel are married, having bonded over their mothers' suicides. Romantic, right? They have three children--Ida, Miles, and baby Buddy. Ida dies, but who killed her...and why? Following her death, Elise breaks down and believes Buddy was swapped in the hospital...that he's not really her baby. She knows who has her real baby. Or does she? In the meantime, her husband, father, brother, in-laws, random friends, the milk man, her dermatologist, Flo from the Progressive commercials, Santa Claus, Marilyn Monroe, the Mothman, a toy bone, and an old pair of my panties all made an appearance...with accompanying story line, mind you...in this novel. Add to that the full chapters of philosophical ramblings from the "suicide watcher," and I was bored out of my mind. Are you intrigued yet? My old undies have you rushing to click "buy," right? ::sigh:: Look, this book is horribly choppy and lacks cohesion. Further, there are so many characters, you don't really get to know any of them. While there was one mildly surprising twist at the end, mostly, I just felt confused by all the unanswered questions and plot holes. And don't even get me started about the totally nonchalant attitude regarding suicide and rape. One section, in particular, my jaw dropping, but not in a good way. I can't tell you what to do, of course, but if it were me, I'd choose a different Kindle First novel. 1.5 stars **UPDATE** So, I read a few other reviews which mentioned how the author completely confused two different mental health conditions, but used them interchangeably. I genuinely couldn't recall if I'd noticed that or not (probably because my interest was nil while reading this story), so I went back and double checked. Lo and behold, she does indeed get it completely wrong. In this day and age, when all it takes is a quick Google search to verify something like this, it's a completely unacceptable mistake....and embarrassing. Was there no editing involved here? For that reason, I'm lowing my rating from 1.5 stars, to 1. Two thumbs down.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    Nathaniel and Elise Munroe are a married couple with kids. Their teen daughter goes missing and is found murdered. This leads into an investigation that looks at their family and friends. Nathaniel and Elise met at a suicide support group. They shared something in common... both of their mothers were killed by the "Suicide Watcher," a serial killer that manipulates victims into killing themselves. The "Watcher" plays a part in the current events unfolding in the Munroes lives. This book has a lot Nathaniel and Elise Munroe are a married couple with kids. Their teen daughter goes missing and is found murdered. This leads into an investigation that looks at their family and friends. Nathaniel and Elise met at a suicide support group. They shared something in common... both of their mothers were killed by the "Suicide Watcher," a serial killer that manipulates victims into killing themselves. The "Watcher" plays a part in the current events unfolding in the Munroes lives. This book has a lot happening. There are a lot of characters and various storylines. Also, multiple timelines and points of view are used. For me, too much was happening and it didn't flow well. The parts concerning the "Watcher" were intriguing, but otherwise it was a fairly chaotic read. On the plus side, there is so much happening, it's hard to guess who the killer is.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    3.5 Stars Here's the decision that is presented .... kill yourself or I will kill you myself. Those are the words of the person known as the Suicide Watcher. The Watcher is someone who perceives others without empathy. Elisa and Nathaniel share a tragic background ... both their mothers committed suicide many years ago when they were children. It is suspected that the deaths were witnessed by the Watcher. Now adults, married to each other, and having children, cracks have begun to erode for each of 3.5 Stars Here's the decision that is presented .... kill yourself or I will kill you myself. Those are the words of the person known as the Suicide Watcher. The Watcher is someone who perceives others without empathy. Elisa and Nathaniel share a tragic background ... both their mothers committed suicide many years ago when they were children. It is suspected that the deaths were witnessed by the Watcher. Now adults, married to each other, and having children, cracks have begun to erode for each of them. Elise swears that her young son was swapped with another while still in the hospital. She has almost terrorized the other parents to the point that police have been called and restraining orders filed. Their daughter was abducted and murdered. Could it be that ‘the Watcher’ has returned for another round of the same sadistic game? Why now? And why are Elise and Nathaniel being targeted again? The story line goes back and forth between the present and the past. The past tells about the loss of their daughter ... the present is mostly about the Suicide Watcher. Elise and Nathaniel are not the only family members being looked at. Elise's father and half-brother are also suspects, as is Nathaniel himself. The family dynamics show terribly dysfunctional families with deep, dark secrets. And someone will kill to keep those secrets hidden from the light of day. This is a deeply disturbing psychological thriller with unique characters, none of which are likable. Suspenseful from the very first page to the very surprising ending. Many thanks to the author, Amazon Publishing, Netgalley for the digital copy of I CHOOSE YOU. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Debbie DiFiore

    Interesting story Just a little too many things going on. A young girl is murdered, her Mother goes nuts, babies are switched or not, the husband seems too mysterious and don't get me started about Ida, Ray and Sonny. I really was wondering if I should persevere but I did. I got very confused at at the end I was like what just happened?it had some twists and I have to say I may need to read it over. Not now but soon. I could never really get a handle on Nathaniel? Did he love Elise? Did he hate he Interesting story Just a little too many things going on. A young girl is murdered, her Mother goes nuts, babies are switched or not, the husband seems too mysterious and don't get me started about Ida, Ray and Sonny. I really was wondering if I should persevere but I did. I got very confused at at the end I was like what just happened?it had some twists and I have to say I may need to read it over. Not now but soon. I could never really get a handle on Nathaniel? Did he love Elise? Did he hate her? I just don't know. I kept waiting for him to do something at the end of the book, but then something else happened. Just too crazy for words. It was a good book. I don't know psychology, I am not picky about the sentences as long as it holds my attention and this one did. I am glad I didn't pay for it though.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    For my full review, visit me at https://mrsbrownsbooks.wordpress.com/... What started off as a pacy narrative, soon became awkward and “clunky”. I felt slightly confused by the array of characters and their different backgrounds and, combined with the dual time-line, think these complications made this a cumbersome, unexciting read. For my full review, visit me at https://mrsbrownsbooks.wordpress.com/... For my full review, visit me at https://mrsbrownsbooks.wordpress.com/... What started off as a pacy narrative, soon became awkward and “clunky”. I felt slightly confused by the array of characters and their different backgrounds and, combined with the dual time-line, think these complications made this a cumbersome, unexciting read. For my full review, visit me at https://mrsbrownsbooks.wordpress.com/...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christi M

    Pre-Review Note: One thing that I believe is important for a potential reader to know before starting this book is that suicide is a subject that has a predominant place within the story. Not that it is just discussed, but is also seen as a game or theoretical discussion by an unknown assailant or manipulator in the italicized chapters. I know it can be a difficult subject for some, so I wanted to make sure it was known that it is brought up more than just in a single paragraph or in a single fla Pre-Review Note: One thing that I believe is important for a potential reader to know before starting this book is that suicide is a subject that has a predominant place within the story. Not that it is just discussed, but is also seen as a game or theoretical discussion by an unknown assailant or manipulator in the italicized chapters. I know it can be a difficult subject for some, so I wanted to make sure it was known that it is brought up more than just in a single paragraph or in a single flashback chapter. Review: This book flew by for me. I remember reading it for what felt like just a few minutes only to find I was already 20% through. I thought "That can't be possible." But it was. I Choose You is a twisted and disturbing psychological thriller that makes you thankful for the family you actually have (I hope). For the most part I Choose You moves very fluidly and fast. The chapters are primarily broken down into ‘Then’ and ‘Now’ with several chapters intermixed with what feels like a journal or diary entry from an unknown assailant/manipulator. The story starts strong in “Now” where you see a crazed Elise and are given a chance to start understanding the frailty of her emotional and mental state. In this opening chapter we see Elise’s world after the death of her daughter and it is here you learn of the toll this death has taken as all the events, mistakes, and incorrect media reporting has taken on her and her family. The main players in the book are mostly family members, but Ida also has a boyfriend and his mother in the picture as well. Most of the chapters are in the “Then” sections. To tell the story completely, we get a front seat to what transpired the day of Ida’s 16th birthday along with the aftermath of a house break-in and the attack on Ida. Afterwards we begin to see the family as they work through their worry, anger, concern, and later grief. Accusations, hidden truths, false accusations can all be found within the story. The suicide/murder chapters by the unknown manipulator were unusual scenes as we were brought into the mind of this person as they psycho-analyzed people, how they thought, and attempted to manipulate others into a certain way of thinking and debating. It is these scenes that feel almost clinical, like a doctor performing research and writing down their observations. To be honest, I was definitely uncomfortable at times as I read these chapters. Not because they were graphic, but due to how this individual went about their manipulation. While I enjoyed the story and found it a good read that I can recommend, there were some parts toward the end that did leave me feeling a bit confused and I felt the last part of the book a bit uneven as all the truths get told. The ending pieces that led the police and others to some conclusions left me wondering a few things and wished they had been more explained. I really wish I could go into it more, but don’t want to ruin anything for a potential reader. Overall, a fast-paced story, with memorable characters, and an emotionally messed up family that fans of psychological and domestic thrillers can enjoy. Rating: 4 stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    This was my December First Reads pick. THE GOOD: The Suicide Watcher storyline is original and intriguing. That POV was haunting and riveting. I was excited when I came to the italicized chapters. It has a good ebb and flow from dragging along to fast paced and back again. I could not pinpoint who was bad and who was good. THE BAD: There are multiple timelines and multiple POV's that just do not work. It delves into mental illness with little or no research. Some of the character development was bord This was my December First Reads pick. THE GOOD: The Suicide Watcher storyline is original and intriguing. That POV was haunting and riveting. I was excited when I came to the italicized chapters. It has a good ebb and flow from dragging along to fast paced and back again. I could not pinpoint who was bad and who was good. THE BAD: There are multiple timelines and multiple POV's that just do not work. It delves into mental illness with little or no research. Some of the character development was borderline ridiculous. THE UGLY: The writing. O. M. G. The writing is disjointed and cumbersome. Nothing about it feels cohesive. It is very hard to get involved with all of the different storylines. Overall, I wanted to love it because the premise is unique, but it just did not work for me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Books on Stereo

    An almost unreadable mess. I Choose You features far to many characters and a convoluted plot that further muddles the narrative.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This book was bad. It seemed like the author tried to smash four different mystery plots into the same book. Writing wasn’t great either. Not worth it. 1 star

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pogo Dragon

    I got this as a 'Kindle first' book, so it cost me nothing. I overpaid. Really, don't bother. There's a chaotic and confusing array of characters in here. And that's probably the best thing about the book. Until I looked at the author page after I'd finished it I was convinced it was written by someone who'd vaguely heard of the UK but never visited here. Even the names clunked like ... well, clunky things. Siblings called Magda and Gordon. Two names that just don't go together. A barrister call I got this as a 'Kindle first' book, so it cost me nothing. I overpaid. Really, don't bother. There's a chaotic and confusing array of characters in here. And that's probably the best thing about the book. Until I looked at the author page after I'd finished it I was convinced it was written by someone who'd vaguely heard of the UK but never visited here. Even the names clunked like ... well, clunky things. Siblings called Magda and Gordon. Two names that just don't go together. A barrister called 'Sonny', a baby called 'Buddy' - not a nickname or pet name, but actual name. These just keep jarring and jarring. At one point I counted, on one Kindle page - so about half an ordinary paperback page - 4 repetitions of the name of the person doing the action. "Elise wanted a coffee, because Elise had a drug addiction. Elise then walked into the kitchen and once there Elise activated the kettle to boil the water for the coffee that Elise wanted" (OK, not an actual quote, but it is the same flavour as a lot of the text) A social worker turning up and telling - a loving and engaged parent, who has a supportive family member around "We're taking the baby today and putting him into adoption because his mother ... something something drug addiction, post-partum depression" Oh heck, I could go on. There is SO much wrong with this book. And it's badly written as well. Avoid. Like the plague. Avoid if you value your time and temper.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    This one is kind of all over the place with several aspects of one story being told at the same time. First there is the "Suicide Watcher," a killer who forces people to shoot themselves. Also there is "now," in which Elise (whose mother was a victim of the Suicide Watcher) is convinced her baby has been switched at birth and is also dealing with the aftermath of her teenage daughter's death. Finally, "then" describes the events surrounding the daughter's death. I kind of feel like this is one t This one is kind of all over the place with several aspects of one story being told at the same time. First there is the "Suicide Watcher," a killer who forces people to shoot themselves. Also there is "now," in which Elise (whose mother was a victim of the Suicide Watcher) is convinced her baby has been switched at birth and is also dealing with the aftermath of her teenage daughter's death. Finally, "then" describes the events surrounding the daughter's death. I kind of feel like this is one that I shouldn't have liked because there really was just a lot going on and a lot of minor surprises or unexpected connections and that sort of thing, almost trying too hard to repeatedly surprise, but I still really did like it. Four stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty Noah-whitlock

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Review for 'I choose you' by Gayle Curtis Read and reviewed via NetGalley Trigger warning ⚠ : Firstly, I think it is important to note before starting this book that suicide features heavily in this story. It is talked about, it is acted out and it is a game purported by an unknown subject manipulating their victims - or participants, as they are referred to - into playing. As a difficult issue for some I felt it important to make it known that it is a common thread throughout the entire story. Pote Review for 'I choose you' by Gayle Curtis Read and reviewed via NetGalley Trigger warning ⚠ : Firstly, I think it is important to note before starting this book that suicide features heavily in this story. It is talked about, it is acted out and it is a game purported by an unknown subject manipulating their victims - or participants, as they are referred to - into playing. As a difficult issue for some I felt it important to make it known that it is a common thread throughout the entire story. Potential spoiler alert ⚠ If you get easily confused then this book is not for you as there was about 3 different time lines going on with the present, the past and then even further at times. Also, it was rammed pack with different storylines: 1. Who killed Ida? 2. Who's baby is Elise's? 3. Is Sonny actually her brother? 4. Elise's mother 5. Who is the suicide watcher? 6. Who committed suicide and who was murdered? Personally, I did get confused at one or two points whilst reading this but not enough for me to be unable to work out what was happening and when. Apart from these times I actually enjoyed all the action so if you like a busy book then you will enjoy this. It is a deeply disturbing psychological thriller filled with suspense from beginning to end. Filled with crime, murder, suicide, twists and turns and suspense. It had lots of red herrings to keep you guessing and several completely unexpected twists at the end. This book definitely got bonus points as I didn't guess who did it. I did find it quite hard to connect with the characters as there was so much going on and flipping from past to present and from character to character, hence 4 stars instead of 5. THE descriptions through the book were good but could have been better. It was very well wrapped up at the end leaving no loose ends I do believe the author should have researched mental health more than she possibly did as there are some issues in the certain diagnosis of characters which several readers seemed to have also picked up on. I wouldn't recommend to anyone who is suffering with mental health issues or anyone who is struggling with the subject of suicide. I would also say that this book is better suited for 18 plus due to the issues tackled in the book.. I would highly recommend it to fans of psychological thrillers, suspense, crime, murder and anyone who enjoys 'Dark reads'. I gave this book 4/5 stars (I enjoyed it) on Goodreads and Amazon Feel free to follow me on Goodreads for more review. Free on kindle unlimited or £3.98 to purchase on Kindle #IChooseYou #GayleCurtis #NetGalley

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stina

    ★ 1.5 stars (rounded down) Firstly, I think it is important to note before starting this book that suicide features heavily in this story. It is talked about, it is acted out and it is a game purported by an unknown subject manipulating their victims - or participants, as they are referred to - into playing. As a difficult issue for some I felt it important to make it known that it is a common thread throughout the entire story. So, ready? Thirty years ago, Elise and Nathaniel shared a horrific tra ★ 1.5 stars (rounded down) Firstly, I think it is important to note before starting this book that suicide features heavily in this story. It is talked about, it is acted out and it is a game purported by an unknown subject manipulating their victims - or participants, as they are referred to - into playing. As a difficult issue for some I felt it important to make it known that it is a common thread throughout the entire story. So, ready? Thirty years ago, Elise and Nathaniel shared a horrific trauma in which their mothers both committed suicide...the possible victims of the Suicide Watcher. This united them in grief when they meet up again in a support group run by Magda King, whose brother succumbed to suicide. A recipe for disaster, right? Well, these two were obviously blind to that fact and ended up married with three children of their own - Ida, Miles and Buddy. (honestly where does the author come up with these names? Ida for a 15 year old girl??) Elise has recently had baby Buddy (whose name sounds more like a dog than a child), and had some kind of post natal psychosis going on where she didn't feel that Buddy was hers. Aside from that, they finally belive that their nightmares are over...until Ida is murdered. (don't believe the premise in the abduction theory...never happened) Fast forward a couple of years later...and baby Buddy is now 20 months old. But Elise is a raving lunatic. She is now in full-on psycho mode accusing a doctor she worked with and his wife of swapping their babies when they were both born at the same time in the same hospital. She has gone so far that they have taken out a restraining order against her and threatening legal action. But Elise is adamant. Their baby - Louis - is really her child, and Buddy is their's. What makes her think that? Her baby had an unusual birth mark on his right leg which she saw immediately after he was born...but later when they brought him to her in the hospital it was gone. The doctor's wife's face said it all...Louis has that very birthmark. So amidst accusations, threats, police involvement and whatnot, Nathaniel assures Elise that Buddy IS their's as the DNA results proved it. But Elise would not be swayed. And that seems a plausible enough storyline, right? Wrong! Then there are the intermittent philosophical ramblings of a headcase peppered throughout the entire story, picking off their victims like going through a shopping list. Only with a far more metaphysical take in the theoretical sense of the entire nonsensical waffle! Did that make any sense? No? Well, neither do these chapters. The story goes back and forth between the past and the present - titled THEN and NOW. That should be easy enough to follow in theory...I repeat IN THEORY. But the problem was there was one story in the THEN, another in the NOW and then the philosophical theoretical nonsense thrown in between! I have to admit I found it terribly difficult to remember in which timeline which story went where and what related to who when. It didn't make it any easier that Elise and Nathaniel featured in both, which simply added to the confusion. Then we get confession after confession regarding Ida's death...which incidentally took place in the THEN chapters. And after all that, it was then theorised that Ida took her own life as the latest victim (participant) of the Suicide Watcher...or maybe it was the mother's brother's uncle twice removed? Then when the identity of Ida's killer is revealed it would have been a clever touch, if not for the whole convoluted mess in between, but it really just fell as flat as the rest of the story. And by the end, I'm thinking...WTF? This person kills that person after they had killed another person and then kills themselves? Honestly...I CHOOSE YOU could be broken down into three categories: The GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY. The only good thing this book had going for it was the whole Suicide Watcher theme. It was original and intriguing. "You have sixty seconds to choose - to shoot yourself or to be shot?" Then we have the characters, none of which were likable in any way, shape or form. I wanted to shoot all of them, they irritated me that much. And there was so much happening in this book I simply could not keep up. Nor could I distinguish between the past and present as it all just jumbled together with a load of random people that had no development or substance. Which then brings us to the worst part of this book - the UGLY. O.M.G!! The horribly choppy writing that was just such a convoluted mess. That by the end I was just so confused by all the unanswered questions and plot holes that were left unresolved. I just didn't get the whole point of whose baby was really Elise's and the random nutter that was a friend but also a patient but also a client...where did that one come from and what the hell did it mean? It was never followed up and just left blowing in the breeze like most of the storyline. When I started this book, I went in with my eyes open to enjoy it...and I tried. I really did. And when it started it did show promise. I thought for sure I would give it at least 3 stars. But what the hell happened after that? In all honesty, I kept reading hoping all loose ends would be tied up by the end and I'd find out who the Suicide Watcher was and who killed Ida. I guessed who the Watcher was but not Ida's killer...but then I think they were running out of suspects after all the confessions. There was way too much happening in this book and way too many random people that just didn't need to be there. I'm sorry, but I just couldn't like this book...and despite the almost clever way it ended, I just didn't much care anymore by then. I would give it 2 stars just because I finished it, but even then 2 stars is leaning towards the notion that I thought it was "OK". Which I didn't. So it's a sorry 1 from me. I have her next book already. I just hope it is vast improvement on this one. I would like to thank #GayleCurtis, #NetGalley and #AmazonPublishingUK for an ARC of #IChooseYou in exchange for an honest review. This review appears on my blog at https://stinathebookaholic.blogspot.com/.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    I honestly don't even know what to say about this book. So many characters just thrown at you in the beginning and it just seems all over the place. I can keep up with books that go from present to past easily but this book was just chaos. Plus the author didn't do any research on what paranoid schizophrenia is. You don't have multiple personalities when you are a schizophrenic. I noticed other readers caught on to this as well. I honestly don't even know what to say about this book. So many characters just thrown at you in the beginning and it just seems all over the place. I can keep up with books that go from present to past easily but this book was just chaos. Plus the author didn't do any research on what paranoid schizophrenia is. You don't have multiple personalities when you are a schizophrenic. I noticed other readers caught on to this as well.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Gonsalves

    A book wherein the killer 'chooses' their victims and has you make a life-changing choice at gunpoint should have been interesting. In all ways, the killer in this book is a very twisted individual, but I found it very difficult to get into the story. The book had too much going on all at once. While some chapters had good twists, most of them just felt as if it were dragging on. Thirty years ago, Elise and Nathaniel shared a horrific trauma that united them in grief. Now, grown-up and married w A book wherein the killer 'chooses' their victims and has you make a life-changing choice at gunpoint should have been interesting. In all ways, the killer in this book is a very twisted individual, but I found it very difficult to get into the story. The book had too much going on all at once. While some chapters had good twists, most of them just felt as if it were dragging on. Thirty years ago, Elise and Nathaniel shared a horrific trauma that united them in grief. Now, grown-up and married with a young family, they feel their worst nightmares are behind them. Until the day their daughter is abducted and murdered. Both Elise and Nathaniel lost their mothers to a notorious killer who manipulated innocent victims into taking their own lives. Could it be that the Watcher has returned for another round of the same sadistic game? Why now? And why are Elise and Nathaniel being targeted again? When Elise’s family falls under suspicion, her world crashes down around her. Is there anyone she can trust or is her whole life built on lies? Only one thing is clear. Someone left their cruel game unfinished all those years ago. This time the Watcher intends to win – once and for all. I did not enjoy reading the chapters on the POV of the Watcher. I liked some characters, but they were not developed. None of them had any depth. The relationships between each of the characters are messed up and dysfunctional, but not in a way that could evoke any interest from me. I really wanted to like this book, but I just could not 'get it'. for a major part of the book. It got a bit interesting towards the end - with its twists, which were good, it just wasn't enough for me to change my opinion about the book. Thank you, NetGalley, Amazon Publishing & Gayle Curtis for an arc!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Catherine / readingmypages

    When a killer chooses you, what choice do you have? Thirty years ago, Elise and Nathaniel shared a horrific trauma that united them in grief. Now, grown up and married with a young family, they feel their worst nightmares are behind them. Until the day their daughter is abducted and murdered. Both Elise and Nathaniel lost their mothers to a notorious killer who manipulated innocent victims into taking their own lives. Could it be that ‘the Watcher’ has returned for another round of the same sadist When a killer chooses you, what choice do you have? Thirty years ago, Elise and Nathaniel shared a horrific trauma that united them in grief. Now, grown up and married with a young family, they feel their worst nightmares are behind them. Until the day their daughter is abducted and murdered. Both Elise and Nathaniel lost their mothers to a notorious killer who manipulated innocent victims into taking their own lives. Could it be that ‘the Watcher’ has returned for another round of the same sadistic game? Why now? And why are Elise and Nathaniel being targeted again? When Elise’s family falls under suspicion, her world crashes down around her. Is there anyone she can trust, or is her whole life built on lies? Only one thing is clear: someone left their cruel game unfinished all those years ago. This time the Watcher intends to win – once and for all.. This book was fast paced and it kept me on the edge of my seat. BUT - red herring overload. I appreciate Curtis trying to make plot twists that you don’t see coming but in this book there are so many storylines going on and lots of side characters that it got a little overwhelming. Also, I do wish Curtis had done research on mental health disorders because the screw ups with the two disorders she talks about didn’t sit right with me. Overall, it was an okay book and Curtis does keep you guessing. *Huge trigger warning for suicide.* Thank you to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for the copy in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I am not sure what to say about this book. It focuses primarily on parents Elise and Nathaniel, whose mothers were allegedly targeted by a serial killer called the "Suicide Watcher', which brought them together. There are a ton of side characters as well, including their 3 kids, Elise's dad and brother, their daughter's mother and boyfriend, and another couple who Elise believes is raising a baby that was switched with hers at birth. The chapters go back and forth between the serial killer's POV I am not sure what to say about this book. It focuses primarily on parents Elise and Nathaniel, whose mothers were allegedly targeted by a serial killer called the "Suicide Watcher', which brought them together. There are a ton of side characters as well, including their 3 kids, Elise's dad and brother, their daughter's mother and boyfriend, and another couple who Elise believes is raising a baby that was switched with hers at birth. The chapters go back and forth between the serial killer's POV and the Elise/Nathaniel story from both right after their daughter died (a year ago) and the present time. Multiple characters suffer from some sort of psychiatric disorder and all have been affected in some way by multiple suicides within their inner circles. Did you have trouble keeping all of that straight? Yeah, me too. So many characters tied with the back and forth in time made this a choppy story for me. There was also an almost blase attitude towards suicide (not to mention appalling acts of crime in general, presented matter-of-factly throughout the book), which is prevalent in all of their lives (and may not actually be suicide after all, depending on each situation). I found it hard to get to know these characters, and to relate to any of them. I was surprised when the "Suicide Watcher" was revealed- I figured it out just before it was unveiled and was surprised I had missed it earlier. That twist, tied with the overall uniqueness of the story, make this book worth a read, but not one of my favorites. Thanks to Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

    I loved this book!! Great story!! It was a crazy book!! 1st book I have read by this author!! Received this book from Amazon uk from netgally!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alan Spears

    couldn't take it any longer. Stopped 30% through and moved on to a new book. Sorry! couldn't take it any longer. Stopped 30% through and moved on to a new book. Sorry!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather Roduner

    Never saw stuff coming It was a great book that kept me guessing. While there was a lot of switching back and forth, the author did a brilliant job at making the transitions seamless!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Great Read! Ms. Curtis has put the dysfunction in dysfunctional family with this book. It was so well written and seriously mind boggling that I couldn't put it down. A convoluted story with an ending I didn't see coming amidst all the different possibilities of whodunit. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around everything. Great Read! Ms. Curtis has put the dysfunction in dysfunctional family with this book. It was so well written and seriously mind boggling that I couldn't put it down. A convoluted story with an ending I didn't see coming amidst all the different possibilities of whodunit. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around everything.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lesa Tobiason beach

    Convoluted and disjointed This was one of the worst stories I've read. There was not one likeable character in the whole book- they were all one sided and that side was crazy. It was like walking through an asylum. I skipped a big chunk of it to get to the end. My last thought was that any one of these people would've drawn the attention of law enforcement well before the murder of that girl and been institutionalized or imprisoned. Moving on... Convoluted and disjointed This was one of the worst stories I've read. There was not one likeable character in the whole book- they were all one sided and that side was crazy. It was like walking through an asylum. I skipped a big chunk of it to get to the end. My last thought was that any one of these people would've drawn the attention of law enforcement well before the murder of that girl and been institutionalized or imprisoned. Moving on...

  23. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/i... I Choose You By Gayle Curtis ISBN# 9781542008181 Author’s Website: http://www.gaylecurtis.co.uk/ Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi Elise and her now husband, Nathaniel, reconnected at a support group for people that had loved ones that committed suicide. The group was specifically for suspected victims of the Suicide Watcher, a person that played a game forcing his victims to either shoot themselves or be shot. Which of course led to the question: is it real https://openbooksociety.com/article/i... I Choose You By Gayle Curtis ISBN# 9781542008181 Author’s Website: http://www.gaylecurtis.co.uk/ Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi Elise and her now husband, Nathaniel, reconnected at a support group for people that had loved ones that committed suicide. The group was specifically for suspected victims of the Suicide Watcher, a person that played a game forcing his victims to either shoot themselves or be shot. Which of course led to the question: is it really suicide or murder? Elise has struggled with mental illness and addiction, especially now that her daughter has been murdered. The only suspects are those close to her including her father, brother, and even her husband! And worse, she doesn’t believe her youngest son is hers, but was instead switched at birth. It’s even led to her kidnapping the baby that she believes to be her own! How much in Elise’s mind is the truth and how much of it is mental delusion? Who killed Ida? And who is the Suicide Watcher? Could he be watching you right now? What can you do when a killer chooses you? I hate to have to be so brutally honest in a review. I hated this book from start to finish, and it was actually a struggle to force myself to keep reading it. This story was very hard to follow. It keeps jumping from the past to the present and between different points of view, and sometimes you will be in the past and get the character going into a memory of something further in the past. The book was a disjointed mess and was excruciatingly hard to comprehend. I figured the storyline would level out and it would all make sense, but it never really did. Not to mention there were a lot of secondary characters that made brief appearances here and there throughout the book. They would be introduced and then show up way later in the book and I couldn’t even remember who they were. I’d have to go back and try and figure it all out. Also, the author needed to do her research on mental illnesses before writing incorrectly about them. I will say I was completely wrong with both who killed Ida and who the Suicide Watcher was. Although I’m not all that surprised, considering how hard this book was to make sense of. And, honestly I even hated how this book ended. I felt there should have been more to it, but as much as I disliked the book that’s probably for the best. I’m just glad to be finished reading this and hope my next book is MUCH better!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Louise Owen

    It felt like the author has tried to fit enough ideas for multiple books into one, and not successfully. There was a definite sledgehammer approach with clues being not so subtly thrust in your face. I never really felt anything for any of the characters so didn’t really care what happened to them. So many supposed revelations not one of which either felt like a revelation or in any way natural. In essence everything just felt rather forced. This gets two stars mainly because I finished it. I’d It felt like the author has tried to fit enough ideas for multiple books into one, and not successfully. There was a definite sledgehammer approach with clues being not so subtly thrust in your face. I never really felt anything for any of the characters so didn’t really care what happened to them. So many supposed revelations not one of which either felt like a revelation or in any way natural. In essence everything just felt rather forced. This gets two stars mainly because I finished it. I’d split into multiple books and done with more subtlety there could have been a couple of good books in there. It wasn’t an offensive book and I have read worse, but I have also read many that are far better. There may be some people who really love this book and really enjoy this author, but unfortunately I am not one of those.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mystica

    A very twisted lifestyle with strange characters inhabiting the story but so twisted that it has to be true. Elise and Nathaniel three kids and though life is a bit strange it all goes completely ballistic when their daughter is abducted and then found murdered. What follows is a story of suicide, suicide watchers, promotion of suicides and with no apparent detective/police follow up as to the series of coincidences where people took their lives and nothing happened. The book is confusing and tho A very twisted lifestyle with strange characters inhabiting the story but so twisted that it has to be true. Elise and Nathaniel three kids and though life is a bit strange it all goes completely ballistic when their daughter is abducted and then found murdered. What follows is a story of suicide, suicide watchers, promotion of suicides and with no apparent detective/police follow up as to the series of coincidences where people took their lives and nothing happened. The book is confusing and though I thought I knew who was behind the killings, I was not absolutely sure. There are a lot of clues strewn around and the subject matter is so emotional in itself that I was floundering. The story was a good one albeit confusing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Schell

    Well... I don't understand what everyone is on about this book being bad or all over the place. I ALMOST listened to the reviews I had seen and didn't read it, but I'm so happy I didn't. This book was not only simple to follow but was an absolute roller coaster of a ride! I went in thinking I would have it figured out, but still had it wrong at the end. The time of each chapter is clearly labeled, and I enjoyed all the mini cliff hangers, they kept the heart pumping. Wonderful read! Well... I don't understand what everyone is on about this book being bad or all over the place. I ALMOST listened to the reviews I had seen and didn't read it, but I'm so happy I didn't. This book was not only simple to follow but was an absolute roller coaster of a ride! I went in thinking I would have it figured out, but still had it wrong at the end. The time of each chapter is clearly labeled, and I enjoyed all the mini cliff hangers, they kept the heart pumping. Wonderful read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nikki (Dark.Side.of.the.Tome)

    Thank you the Netgalley and the Publishers for providing me with an eARC of this title. This title was given to me for free for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way impacted by reciept of this title.  I've read the who done it phycological thrillers off and on throughout the years. Thankfully not enough to figure out every one I read.  This book is full of twists and turns and will keep you on your toes. Just when you think you know who did what, someone else is exposed for some Thank you the Netgalley and the Publishers for providing me with an eARC of this title. This title was given to me for free for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way impacted by reciept of this title.  I've read the who done it phycological thrillers off and on throughout the years. Thankfully not enough to figure out every one I read.  This book is full of twists and turns and will keep you on your toes. Just when you think you know who did what, someone else is exposed for something making you think it's them.  I was fairly sure I knew who did what throughout the book but there were a few things that detured me from figuring the whole thing out. There are two crimes to figure out so trying to piece it all together was fun. I was able to follow the story line pretty well even though it jumps back and forth between three different times/perspectives (past, present and The Suicide Watcher). Though I can see how it could become confusing to others. As long as you're paying attention, you should be fine.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nicki

    Worth reading! Really enjoyed this book. Well written and edited. Great imagery, dialogue flowed smoothly. Lots of twists and turns that kept me interested. Read in one night. Worth reading!

  29. 5 out of 5

    mary

    Odd A lot of skipping around pretty confusing really dint care for her style of writing dont know if she has others wont look

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dwight Ducre

    WOW All I can say this is a page turner it is hard to put down when you pick it up

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