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A heart-pounding new Stevens and Windermere thriller from the award-winning author of The Stolen Ones and The Professionals.   Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint BCA-FBI violent crime task force have handled shocking cases before, but this one is different. Stevens’s daughter, Andrea, is distraught over a classmate’s suicide, but what the two investigators findA heart-pounding new Stevens and Windermere thriller from the award-winning author of The Stolen Ones and The Professionals.   Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint BCA-FBI violent crime task force have handled shocking cases before, but this one is different. Stevens’s daughter, Andrea, is distraught over a classmate’s suicide, but what the two investigators find is even more disturbing—an online suicide club of unhappy teenagers, presided over by an anonymous presence who seems to be spurring them on. Soon, it becomes apparent that the classmate wasn’t the first victim—and won’t be the last, either, unless they can hunt down this psychopath once and for all.From the Hardcover edition....

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The Watcher in the Wall Reviews

  • James Thane
    2019-05-11 10:56

    In The Stolen Ones, the last entry in his excellent series featuring Carla Windermere of the F.B.I. and Kirk Stevens of the Minnesota BCA, Owen Laukkanen wove a tense thriller around the issue of sex-trafficking. In this, the fifth book in the series, the story centers on another very timely problem, the bullying of teenagers.The story opens when Stevens's daughter, Andrea, urges her father to look into the suicide of one of her high school classmates. Stevens initially assumes that, while the teenager's death was certainly tragic, there was nothing criminal about it. The victim, Adrian Miller, was a lonely boy without any real friends. He was repeatedly harassed and embarrassed by the school jocks and others, and ultimately responded by taking his own life.But then Andrea appears at her father's office with another teenager in tow. The boy, whose name is Lucas, tells Stevens and Windermere that Adrian had an online "friend," a girl who encourage him to take his own life and to record it on his webcam so that she could watch. Lucas says that the two had formed a suicide pact and that the girl intends to follow Lucas over to the "other side."Even though there may not be a crime involved, a young girl's life is in danger, assuming that she hasn't already killed herself. Stevens and Windermere spring into action in an effort to find the girl. They confiscate Adrian Miller's computer and begin rooting through his online history in an effort to discover the girl's identity. The effort is especially urgent for Carla Windermere who is carrying some baggage of her own with respect to the issue of teenage bullying and who is determined to save this girl at any cost.Without much trouble, they discover that the girl's name is Ashley Frey and they follow the haunting thread of the conversations between Adrian and Ashley up to the moment when Adrian records himself committing suicide. But the effort to find Ashley takes a very disturbing turn when the agents discover that "Ashley Frey" is really not a teenage girl planning to take her own life but rather a disturbed psychopath who is trolling the internet, recruiting depressed teenagers, and encouraging them to commit suicide while he watches. Stevens and Windermere are thus launched into a desperate race to identify and capture this predator before he can convince any additional victims to end their lives.This is the darkest and most compelling book in the series thus far. Save for Andrea, who gets the story off and running, we see nothing of Stevens's family, the members of which have appeared prominently in each of the earlier books. The sexual tension between Stevens and Windermere that characterized the earlier books has also disappeared, and the novel remains tightly focused on the investigation at hand. The tension builds page after page before reaching a stunning climax that is likely to leave most any reader holding his or her breath for the last ten or fifteen pages.All in all, this is another great entry in a very good series, one which also highlights a very important current social problem. The next Stevens and Windermere novel can't come any too soon.

  • Debbie
    2019-04-21 09:07

    I woke up this morning thinking I would start on this book. I have missed this author. He's put out two books that somehow or another I missed. I was so happy when I got approved! My plan was to read a little and then get some things done around the house. Well, that didn't happen. The whole day passed by me while I was totally immersed in this book. I couldn't put it down and I couldn't read it fast enough. This was one creepy guy hell bent on a mission and nothing or no one was going to stop him. I am still trying to take deep breaths and calm my body down. My heart has been at least double beating for hours now, maybe even triple beating. This one is definitely going on my best of 2016 list! I can't say enough good things about this book. The action started at the beginning and did not let up. This is one thriller you should not miss. On a personal note, I worked for eight years across the street from the Louisville Galleria Mall that is mentioned in this book. I ate lunch there almost every day. That's way creepy. Also, on another personal note, tears came to my eyes when I read the author's acknowledgments. The underlying subject is a very sad one. I recently attended a funeral of a teenager I knew who committed suicide. It is very real and very, very sad. Bullying needs to stop and stop now. And yes, if your a teenager or adult considering suicide, talk to someone, get help. Huge thanks to Penguin Books Putnam for approving my request so quickly and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

  •  Olivermagnus
    2019-05-03 13:08

    In the fifth book of a series featuring agents, Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere, aare pursuing an Internet troll who encourages teenagers to commit suicide, while recording their final moments on a webcam to sell on the dark web. Adrian Miller, tired of being tormented at school, hangs himself while home alone. One of his schoolmates is Steven's daughter, who begs her father to hold someone responsible.In the beginning Stevens and Windermere aren’t sure a crime has been committed. They soon realize that they have an online predator on their hands, and it looks like the he is already working on two more victims who are ready to kill themselves. If you are a parent who is afraid of who your children are socializing with online, this novel will only make you more nervous. Windermere is almost out of control in this book because of her own culpability in an incident in her past, where she stood by as a fellow classmate was bullied in school. Laukkanen based the book on the real-life case of online predator William Melchert-Dinkel, a Minnesota man whose online emails drove an Ottawa teen to commit suicide in 2009, and who is suspected of entering into fake suicide pacts with at least five other victims. Laukkanen continues his tradition of quick, short chapters with high-octane action that compel the reader to keep turning pages. I'm a big fan of this series but this was probably my least favorite of the five books. Stevens takes more of a backseat in this one, because the case is so personal to Windermere. For much of the book she is almost out of control, even threatening a judge in order to get a search warrant. I don't recommend this your first look at a Windermere/Stevens book but fans will find it an intriguing story with emotionally invested characters.

  • Carol
    2019-05-02 10:46

    The Watcher in the Wall by Owen LaukkanenStevens & Windermere series Book #55★'sFrom The Book:Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint BCA-FBI violent crime task force have handled shocking cases before, but this one is different. Stevens’s daughter, Andrea, is distraught over a classmate’s suicide, but what the two investigators find is even more disturbing—an online suicide club of unhappy teenagers, presided over by an anonymous presence who seems to be spurring them on. Soon, it becomes apparent that the classmate wasn’t the first victim—and won’t be the last, either, unless they can hunt down this psychopath once and for all.My Thoughts:It appears that there is someone encouraging teenagers on a suicide website to enter into a pack with the administrator of the site to not only kill themselves but are encouraged to film their death. This person leads them to believe that they are also suicidal and will die with them. Stevens and Windermere realize that there is a very sick and evil internet predator that is preying on susceptible youngsters and selling these recordings on the black websites. A back story is taking place at the same time. A 15 year old boy is brutally abused by his alcoholic step-father. For some reason he feels that he has the right to prey on his step-sister and encourage her to kill herself. He has been watching her for several months and seeing her die is the high point of his life and he tries again and again to reach this high point again by watching others die.If you haven’t figured it out by now, the reader needs to be aware that it is a very, very dark topic. You will want so badly to tell the 16 year old girl that is on a bus from Tampa to Louisville to meet, what she believes is a 16 year old desperate boy named Brandon…to just turn around and run…DON”T get off the bus. Unfortunately the story has so much truth to it that it should scare every parent to watch what and who your child is meeting on line. Don’t be too busy or too trusting…they are children and don’t always have good judgment.

  • Amber Garabrandt
    2019-05-21 14:09

    The Watcher in the Wall is the fifth book in the Stevens/ Windermere series. Like the rest, it can be a stand-alone novel, having just enough back stories for everything to mesh well. I feel, though, that this would be a disservice. One of the best things about the series is the play and interaction between the characters; and this one had less of it. In fact, you might walk away thinking less of Carla Windermere. There’s a chat forum on line for everything these days- even death. Adrian Miller is a young teenager who is constantly bullied. The one friend he thought he had turned his back on him. All there is left for him is this forum, this site, one girl. A suicide pact. She wants to watch him hang himself to screw up her courage. He records it all for her with his web cam. Andrea, Steven’s daughter, is his class mate. She feels hurt and remorse- wants the guilty party to pay. How do you tell your teen daughter there is no guilty party in a suicide? She wants the jocks that drove him to suicide punished, but that won’t do. Stevens fears having to tell his daughter his hands are tied until a student comes up talking about the suicide forum. Looking into it, they learn about the girl from the pact. Convinced she is another victim, one they might save, they leap into action. Ashley Frey must be saved. What if, though, Ashley isn’t in danger? What if she doesn’t exist? The more they dig into this site the more they realize that they have a problem. The girl they want to save is a perpetrator, luring kids into suicide and selling films of their death. It is a race against the clock to find this killer before they can do it all again. I don’t want to give too much away, so I will leave it at that. I loved the book. While it wasn’t my favorite of the series (Windermere may have gone from bad-cop to lunatic-cop a few too many times), I feel like it was good and necessary for the advancement of the series. You see some of the “supercop’s” issues, her pain, and get to know her better. With the next book in the series (and there had better be one), we should see a lot of personal growth there. This book came out last Tuesday (3-15-2016). I highly recommend it- heck, go get the whole series! You won’t be sorry. On the adult content scale I give it a seven. Obviously, it has a lot of violence. The language is there, but minimal considering.

  • Luanne Ollivier
    2019-04-25 15:06

    I've been a fan of Owen Laukkanen right from the beginning, with the release of his debut novel, The Professionals. His newest book, The Watcher in the Wall, is the fifth in the Stevens and Windermere series. (It can be read as a stand-alone)Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere are partners on a joint FBI and BCI task force. It's Stevens' daughter who brings their latest case to them. A classmate has committed suicide. Tragic enough on its own, but the death is being shown on the internet. The boy was a member of an online suicide forum, where members share their thoughts, tips and ------ encouragement.A bit of a difficult and dark premise, but one that is unfortunately real. The antagonist that Laukkanen has created is truly despicable and twisted. And just like the suicide forums, not that far from the truth. Who are you really talking to in chat room? And how do you know that photo is real? Ugly, chilling and oh, so very creepy.The relationship between the two lead characters has evolved and changed over the course of the books. They have very different personalities which bring a different view, attitude and approach to their cases. The Watcher in the Wall sees Windermere take the lead - and some risky moves. This case has become personal for her, triggering memories from her teenage years. (But I have to admit, the cooler headed Stevens remains my favourite)The action doesn't stop and the pacing is frantic as the pair race to save another teen before they make a terrible, final decision. As I read the final run up to the ending, I was envisioning an action film. (and it would make a good one) But, some of the final plot situations do ask the reader to suspend disbelief. So, I did. Here's an excerpt of The Watcher in the Wall.The author's notes at the end were compelling:"The Watcher in the Wall is inspired very loosely by real-life incident, but it's also a fairly personal book for me. I've dealt with depression and suicidal thoughts since I was a teenager, and it's only now, two decades later that I've started taking real steps to deal with it. In some ways, this book is a response to the dark stuff......Please don't suffer in silence. There's no shame in speaking up and I promise, you're not alone."There's a nice little cover blurb from John Sandford..."Laukkanen is slam-bang brilliant." And yes, if you like Sandford's books, you're going to like Laukkanen.

  • MelissaI
    2019-05-09 14:55

    Review to come....Relatable subject matter, to a degree, quick and even though frightening, enjoyable read. One I definitely recommend. Thank you very much for a copy of this book which I won through the #Goodreads First Reads Program and listed by #PutnamBooks #PenguinRandomHouse Projected release date: March 15, 2016.......right around the corner!! Product Details from Amazon.comSeries: A Stevens and Windermere Novel (Book 5)Hardcover: 368 pagesPublisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (March 15, 2016)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0399174540ISBN-13: 978-0399174544Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.4 inchesAmazon order link; hardcover: kindle order link:

  • Nancy
    2019-04-29 08:09

    Holy Moley! This book was a definite 10 on the reader scale for me. Some of the characters wer4e hard-core FBIies, others were very very scary predators and victims.In the world of snuff films, there aren't many good people and the main character of this book certainly isn't one. His childhood was horrible, we get that - but some kids end up okay. Not Randall Gruber, who - at fifteen - made his step-sister commit suicide as he watched. That was the beginning.FBI agents Stevens and Windermere are brought into it by Steven's high-school daughter who knows a boy who had just killed himself and she had done a little searching. What she found will create a new kind of hell for Carla Windermere and several victims of this predator.Couldn't put it down.

  • Jodi
    2019-05-07 16:12

    4.5 Stars I just love this series! The crimes are unusual, the characters interesting, and the pages turn so very fast! In this outing, Stevens and Windermere are trying to track down a person who is preying on teenagers in a suicide chat, convincing them to commit suicide on video. Is this a crime? If not, shouldn't it be? This case also takes Stevens and Windermere all over the U.S., and raises some personal issues for Windermere. I highly recommend this entire series, which really needs to be read in order.

  • CLM
    2019-05-09 08:07

    This fifth installment in series focused more on the crime - an online predator engineering teen suicides - than on the detecting and relationship of Stevens & Windermere but was fast paced and enjoyable.

  • Sandy Kay Kay
    2019-04-27 08:57

    This book is the 5th book in the Stevens and Windermere series. Although the story stands alone with some brief references to the case from the previous book in the series, I wouldn't recommend reading it without reading at least the first book in the series. And really I think you should read at least the first couple books because you need to get the history of these characters and why they are working together and what the relationships are among the major characters. You would still have a really interesting book to read but would lose a lot of the background. "Watcher" starts out on a very different note from the stories earlier books in the series which all begin with a violent crime that has a Minnesota connection and in which the FBI gets involved. This story starts out more quiet and sad -- with a bullied teen committing suicide. Stevens gets involved because the teen was his daughter's classmate and Windermere has her own personal connection and it hits her hard. For the first 100 pages, it looked like this book was going to be a dramatic change from the past books where the duo criss-crosses the United States hunting down the bad guys with some dramatic action scenes. But never fear -- even though the beginning of the book is heavy on the touchy feely and on computer research, it doesn't stay passive for long.If you are a fan of the series.for the action, don't be put off by what seems to be a departure from the usual formula. You will get all the action you expect as the investigation reveals that there is more to this case than depressed and suicidal high school students. I am not going to give away any spoilers, but will let you know that the action heats up in a big way.But even when the action heats up, the personal aspect to the book stays with you. One of the hardest parts of the book, both for one of the characters and also for me as a reader, is the description of how so many students laugh along with the bullies, not because they want to be mean to the target but to fit in themselves or out of a desire to not become a target of the bully themselves. I have been out of high school for a very long time but one of my classmates recently shared on Facebook how much her bullying in high school negatively affected her life. And I feel ashamed that I was too wrapped up with my own desire to fit in and be liked to notice what she was going through.In the acknowledgements at the end, the author talks about his own struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts and encourages bullied or suicidal teens to talk to someone. He even offers up himself. I hope someone who needs it takes him up on the offer.

  • Christine
    2019-05-03 14:02

    It’s a sad fact, but a fact none-the-less; teenagers commit suicide. Thousands of young people take their own lives every year so what made Adrian Miller’s death so different? Kirk Stevens daughter went to school with Adrian and while they were not close friends – Adrian didn’t really have any friends – she comes to her father’s FBI-BCA office with a concern that cannot be ignored; Adrian had some online help in ending his life. Although this is not the type of case that usually gets the attention of Kirk Stevens, Carla Windermere and their team Kirk’s daughter’s insistence makes them take a closer look … but how do you find a killer that lurks behind the walls of many private websites and chatrooms using even more alias’? Especially when the stakes are getting higher and more kids are on the suicide track thanks to a bullied kid who turned into a bully himself – the kind of bully that kills without once stepping away from the keyboard.“The Watcher in the Wall” is the fifth in the Stevens/Windermere series and, in my opinion, the best of the bunch so far. Mr. Laukkanen finally gives up on the secret attraction between Carla and Kirk and lets them get on with the police work they do so well. Without that trope distracting me I found this moved along at a nice brisk pace. In the past books, which I enjoyed a great deal, we learned a lot about Kirk Stevens’ private life and in this one it was time to learn a little bit more about Carla Windermere and what we learn gives credence to her doggedness in wanting to solve this case. Any time an author undertakes writing a series there is always the “cookie-cutter” element which admittedly, after Mr. Laukkanen’s last book I was afraid was beginning to seep into this series but this book totally eliminated that fear. The ending was a little overdone in terms of the bad guy’s stamina, but still a solid entry into the series.As I read the author acknowledgement at the end of the book it became clear to me why I felt this entry was a step above the rest in the series. As Mr. Laukkanen explains “Watcher in the Wall” is inspired very loosely by real-life incidents, but it’s also a fairly personal book for me. I’ve dealt with depression and suicidal thoughts since I was a teenager, and it’s only now, two decades later, that I’ve started taking real steps to deal with it. In some ways, this book is a response to the dark stuff.”It takes courage to put your personal demons into a book even if it is a work of fiction and no doubt that is part of what made such a good read.This review and other book related thoughts also posted on my blog www.constantlymovingthebookmark.blogs...

  • Ежко Таралежко
    2019-05-15 13:45

    Поредното попадение от купчината "Книга - категория 5 - 5.99лв".Самата тема ме грабна, крайно реална и ежедневна е. Представете си извратеняк, който дебне в мрежата за депресирани тийнейджъри и ги склонява да се самоубият. Докато той гледа. Умен е. Знае как да им въздейства. Знае как да спечели доверието и как да засили болката им.И никой не вярва че той съществува.

  • Bonnie Brody
    2019-04-25 12:51

    This book is part of a series about two FBI partners, Carla Windermere and Kirk Stevens. The novel centers around the theme of teenage suicide which is a troubling and painful subject for many. Windermere has some issues in her past that make her very sensitive to this topic. When she was a teenager, she watched as someone she knew was taunted and bullied until they took their life. She did nothing to intervene and this has haunted her.In this novel, it appears that there is someone (or several people) who are encouraging teenagers to commit suicide. Not only that, the depressed teenager is encouraged to film their death by someone who tells them that they are also suicidal and will die with them. It is not long before Stevens and Windermere realize that there is a very sick internet predator who is preying on susceptible teenagers and trying to get them to take their lives.A back story is given about a young man who is brutally abused by his alcoholic step-father. In turn, he preys on his step-sister and encourages her to take her life. Watching his step-sister die is the high point of his life and he goes on to try and reach this high point again by watching others die. I found the characters, except for the villainous Gruber, fairly one-dimensional. Windermerd and Stevens are caricatures and don't appear to have much depth. Gruber, the abused boy who grows up to become an internet predator is given depth and is portrayed complexly, if not repulsively. The book is a fast read with lots of action and suspense. I just wish that the characters were more deeply developed.

  • Patty
    2019-05-22 13:50

    What it's all about...It's the triad again in this book...FBI agents Windermere, Stevens and Mathers...Mathers who is also Carla Windemere's BF. Carla is tough...Stevens is a nice family guy and Mathers will do anything he can for Windermere...who excels at her job but is really cranky much of the time. In this book someone is preying on teenagers...teenagers who are miserably unhappy, bullied, friendless and think they want to die. This person...this urging these teens to kill themselves. And they do it. Theses victims don't realize that they are being manipulated by a devious psychotic who has major issues from childhood and is fueled by greed and hatred and who knows what else...Why I wanted to read it...I loved the book before this one...The Stolen Ones. So I knew that I wanted to read this one, too.What made me truly enjoy this book...The premise in this book is good, the characters are interesting, the bad guy is really disturbed and creepy...all of these factors made this book very attractive to me. Windermere is interesting...she seems to always be in a fight with her own demons. Why you should read it, too...Readers who love this series should enjoy this book. I didn't love it as much as The Stolen Ones...but it was still really good paced and chilling.

  • Paul
    2019-05-22 13:54

    Easily the darkest and most disturbing of the Windmere and Stevens books, but still has that breakneck pacing that I totally love. Up until the last two books, it seemed the "bad guys" were not always so bad but rather every day people pushed into crime. This one revolves around a guy who watches kids commit suicide on the internet and is instrumental in pushing them to do it. So he's a real head case. Laukkanen provides plenty of back story into what pushed him to be like this, and you can't help but feel a little sad for the guy. If you've never read one of Laukkanen's books, I wouldn't start with this one. Not just because of the dark content, but there isn't as much character development behind the two main characters, especially Stevens. Stevens has been a favorite of mine and really drives the first book in the series, "The Professionals". This one is more centered around the fairly unlikable Windmere, who shows a little vulnerability for once. The characters have evolved a bit over time, so I would start at the beginning (which is still my favorite in the series).I am already anticipating Laukkanen's next book as he has firmly planted himself as my favorite writer.

  • Leslie
    2019-04-28 14:47

    3.5 stars. A fast, compelling read dealing with a serious issue (could talking suicidal teenagers into going through with it really be considered protected speech under the First Amendment?), but, and I don't know if it's really fair unloading on this particular book, the f'd up female cop/detective/FBI agent who has to be more badass than anyone else, driving herself to the limits and beyond, driven by her own personal torment from years back, is really getting to be a bit of a cliché, in my opinion. (Almost as much as the f'd up male cop/detective/FBI agent who is either an alcoholic or just neglects his health, has had his relationships destroyed by the job, lives in a pigsty, blah blah blah.) (view spoiler)[I also don't like how, despite Windermere's pro forma "anguish" about it, everyone just blows off the fact that she shot the bad guy eight times in cold blood when she had him immobilized and could have just arrested him. I have to wonder how much this type of thing contributes to the acceptance of unjustified police shootings in this country, since in the books/movies/TV shows, the bad guy is always guilty without a doubt, when it's virtually never so cut and dried in real life. (hide spoiler)]

  • Donna
    2019-05-19 15:07

    Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the FBI-BCA violent crimes task force become aware of a case when Stevens' teenaged daughter's classmate commits suicide. Windermere is driven because of her involvement as a teen with a girl who committed suicide and she feels great shame because she did nothing to stop it. As they begin to investigate, they learn of a serial internet predator who, not only is actually encouraging teenagers to commit suicide, but he asks them to film their act and then he turns around and sells it as a snuff film. Stevens and Windermere attempt to set the guy up online by pretending to be a suicidal teen but they also need a physical trail to follow so they can catch this predator before he kills again and again.The book addresses a dark topic of teenage suicide which is a very relevant story in today's bullying cyber society. The author paints a vivid picture of an abused teen who discovers he likes encouraging and watching others kill themselves. The last half of the book in particular was full of action. I was worried about Windermere's frame of mind throughout the book and her partners were right to be concerned about her.

  • Carol Taylor
    2019-05-03 13:08

    I read The Stolen Ones (trafficking of Eastern European teenagers) which was Owen's previous book and really liked it as a crime thriller with excellent characters that's easy on the violence. The Watcher in the Wall was just as good and I will now read Owen's other books. Watcher in the Wall deals with some very current topics - bullying in high school, parental abuse and online predators. I know that sounds tough but Owen doesn't dwell on the details of what's happened in the past. He is focused on what's happening right now as high school kids are committing suicide in front of a webcam - the video then being sold to men with a taste for that. In addition to being a great story, what really impressed me is that at the end of the book Owen says that if kids are being bullied or thinking of suicide, they really need to talk to someone they trust. In fact, he suggests himself. He says that his contact information is on the end-cover and kids should go ahead and talk to him if they feel they have no one else. And he admits that he has felt depressed and suicidal. Try one of his books - I think you'll like it!

  • Bill
    2019-05-05 16:08

    I won a hardback copy of "The Watcher in the Wall (Stevens & Windermire #5)", a thriller by Owen Laukkanen, on Goodreads. com and am posting an honest review. I gave a rating of 4 stars.The Watcher in the Wall is a tale of two detectives trying to find an online predator who manipulates suicidal teenagers to end their lives while being filmed. After discovering a series of teen suicides that seem to be connected, detectives Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermire uncover more potential victims who are unaware they're being played by someone who appears to be another suicidal teen. They're soon in a race against time to locate the predator and prevent more deaths.This book flows so smoothly that I found it hard to stop reading and leave it overnight. You just want to keep reading to the very end.I'd recommend all parents with teenagers to read this book to enlighten themselves to the potential dangers faced by kids who have self-esteem issues and access to the internet.

  • Marie
    2019-05-18 15:57

    A student attending the same school as Stevens's daughter has committed suicide, sending the community into mourning. Andrea wants her dad to investigate so she can understand why he did it. Stevens knows it won't help, but goes through the motions anyway. He gets surprising support from Windermere. Although she doesn't disclose it, Carla has had a close brush with teen suicide and is motivated by guilt over her failure to help the friend who died so many years ago. Through their investigation, Stevens & Windermere discover that someone coached the teen to his death. It's mean, but is it criminal? Soon, they learn that this perverted profiteer has coached others similarly. Can these partners stop him from doing it again? Much is revealed about what makes "super cop" Carla Windermere tick.

  • Michael Martz
    2019-05-02 12:54

    Mediocre writing, a plot that wasn't very credible, an unbelievable ending.... other than that, not a bad book. It had plenty of action and moved along at a relatively brisk pace, but several of the sequences seemed forced and sort of 'made for TV', so instead of adding to the drama they just extended the book and had me asking myself whether what was happening was even physically possible. 'The Professionals' was a good start to this series. I don't know where 'The Watcher in the Wall' fits into his catalog, but the writing and plot are both significant steps back from his first novel. That one seemed pretty real and well thought out, this was a stretch. The biggest disappointment was the lack of development of the characters of Stevens and Windermere. What seemed like the beginning of a great team hasn't really moved forward from his initial writing in the series.

  • Chris
    2019-04-25 16:04

    Stevens and Windemere are still wrapping up their last case when a student in Stevens' daughter's class commits suicide. Adrian had been communicating with a girl in a suicide chat room and the FBI team is determined to find her before she can harm herself. The new case raises an ugly memory for Carla Windemere about a classmate being bullied who later committed suicide. Carla's lingering guilt over the incident is a bit hard to believe but the case is a compelling combination of technological methods of investigation, the psychology of abuse and teen suicide, and the hideous prospect of people who profit from the pain of others. Disturbing subject matter but a fast-paced, action-packed crime/psychological thriller.

  • Justin
    2019-05-05 10:59

    This is the 5th book in the Stevens and Windermere series and it just as addictive a thriller as all the rest. It all starts with a teen suicide at the school Stevens' daughter attends and builds out from there. Windermere is wrestling with long-suppressed demons that make this case much more personal and we are in her head rather than Stevens' for the majority of the novel. As usual, we also get inside the head of the bad guy; additionally, we also get POV from a girl who gets caught up in the larger plot. Laukkanen is very effective at building tension and getting the reader to keep turning the pages (chapters are 2 to 3 pages at the most, and occasionally less than 100 words). If you've never read this series, start now. If you have read every other book, what are you waiting for?

  • Michelle Turlock isler
    2019-05-22 07:51

    This book dealt with a very disturbing subject matter, but I have to say that it was my favorite Owen Laukkanen novel. This guy is off the chart with his talent. Stevens and Windermere are on the hunt for a person who has set up a chat room on the Internet for kids considering suicide. This anonymous person likes to watch teens kill themselves. When Steven's daughter's friend is one of the victims, it seems the murderer has pushed the game too far. Windermere is haunted by a secret in her past and is determined to solve this case. She does not care if it means dying herself. Laukkanen has once again written a nail biting thriller with an edgy subject matter. I highly recommend The Watcher In The Wall.

  • Tom Tischler
    2019-05-21 10:46

    Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint BCA-FBI violent crimes unit havehandled quite a few shocking cases but this one is different. Steven's daughter Andrea is distraught over a classmates suicide but what the two investigators find is even more disturbing. There is an online suicide club of unhappy teenagers and theyare presided over by an anonymous presence who is spurring them on. It soon becomes apparent that the classmate wasn't the first victim and won't be the last unless they can hunt down this psychopath. This is another fine tale from Owen Laukkanen and it's the fifth in the Stevens and Windermere series. I liked it and gave it a 4.

  • Yeldah
    2019-05-22 12:54

    I loved this book! It was such an amazing thriller :D

  • Tracy
    2019-04-25 14:59

    Good clean read, nice plot

  • Monica
    2019-05-01 13:09

    I like the series but unlike the other it didn't have the balance of following the criminals and their lives and the getting to know more about the cops.

  • Marco den Ouden
    2019-04-29 15:10

    Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youths 10-24 and of teens 12-18. Owen Laukkanen was inspired by real events to write The Watcher in the Wall, perhaps by the suicide of a fifteen year old Vancouver area girl who was stalked by a predator who talked her into posing for risque webcam photos which he then posted online. This predator, a Dutch citizen, was eventually apprehended and convicted of extortion and child pornography and sentenced to ten years in a Dutch prison. When BCA agent Kirk Stevens's daughter tries to interest he and his partner, FBI agent Carla Windermere, into investigating the suicide of a classmate, they discover a predator who hangs out in suicide chat rooms and goads suicidal teens into installing webcms and killing themselves while on camera in an apparent suicide pact. He is a nasty piece of work who goaded his own step-sister into suicide when he was himself fifteen. Now twenty years later he is recording suicides and selling them as snuff films.The story is gripping from beginning to end. The cyberstalker, Randall Gruber, now 35, is a true psychopath. But the law surrounding the issue is a big grey area in the United States. Hanging around in chat rooms and encouraging suicide is not against the law. It is protected by the First Amendment. Agent Windermere, meanwhile, is tormented by memories that come flooding back from her own childhood when she failed to stand up for a friend who was bullied into suicide by cruel classmates. Windermere is relentless in pursuing this cyber predator, and she and Stevens chase the clock attempting to save two teens marked for death by Gruber. Gruber, pursued by underworld figures who he owes money to, kills one in self-defence and discovers actual killing is much more satisfying than just watching. Leaving a trail of bodies as he pursues his latest teen prospect, Stevens and Windermere tighten the net in a climactic chase that is unrelenting in its suspense.This is a taut, suspenseful thriller, continuing Laukkanen's string of excellent suspense novels. It breaks new ground in developing the character of Agent Windermere who chases down her own demons as well as the real life demon of Gruber. A great read.