Dec 5, 2014

Review: Watched

Watched by C.J. Lyons

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


When hackers can hijack any cellphone or computer webcam, no one is safe - including Jesse.

Jesse seems like a normal sixteen-year-old, but he isn't. He is a victim of King - a ruthless hacker who has been blackmailing Jesse with incriminating screen photos and videos. So far, Jesse's given in to King's demands in order to protect his family. But now King wants something that's too horrible to contemplate- and if he doesn't get it, King will kill Jesse's little sister.

Terrified and helpless, the answer to Jesse's prayers arrives in the form of a plain manila envelope. Inside there's a phone number and a note: I can help.


This book scared the crap out of me as a parent and as a human. So many children and teens are sex slaves and / or are abused today and none of us like to think about it, but it is real. It is on the Internet for their undeserved shame to linger for years to come and humiliate them into believing there is no way out. I heard on the news recently about the thousands and thousands of people (children & teens) who are locked away & abused right here in our "free country". The facts are completely overwhelming.

The book being fiction or not, the fact is that these nightmares actually happen to young people. In this book, as well as in real life, there is a family member involved. It was so disturbing I thought about the characters long after I'd put the book down.

The characters were both so strong and determined to do something other than be a victim. The book was great in that the characters worked together even though the odds were against them. I loved that there was some relief for the characters Watched. It is a very disturbing book that everyone should read. I was given this book for an honest review.

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