Watching (The Making of Riley Paige—Book 1) by Blake Pierce Book Summary
“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.”
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone)
WATCHING (The Making of Riley Paige—Book One) is book #1 in a new psychological thriller series by #1 bestselling author Blake Pierce, whose free bestseller Once Gone (Book #1) has received over 1,000 five star reviews.
22 year old psychology major—and aspiring FBI agent—Riley Paige finds herself in a battle for her life as her closest friends on campus are abducted and killed by a serial killer. She senses that she, too, is being targeted—and that if she is to survive, she must apply her brilliant mind to stop the killer herself.
When the FBI hits a dead end, they are impressed enough by Riley’s keen insight into the killer’s mind to allow her to help. Yet the killer’s mind is a dark, twisted place, one too diabolical to make sense of, and one that threatens to bring Riley’s fragile psyche crashing down. In this deadly game of cat and mouse, can Riley survive unscarred?
It is also a standalone series, and you do not need to have read the Riley Paige series to jump into this series--which starts at the beginning!
An action-packed thriller with heart-pounding suspense, WATCHING is book #1 in a riveting new series that will leave you turning pages late into the night. It takes readers back 20 plus years—to how Riley’s career began—and is the perfect complement to the ONCE GONE series (A Riley Paige Mystery), which includes 16 books and counting. .
WAITING (The Making of Riley Paige—Book 2) is also now available!
Watching (The Making of Riley Paige—Book 1) (Blake Pierce) Book Reviews
Riley Paige series is a winnerSo far, I really like Blake Pierce’s writing. I’m especially looking forward to finding out how Riley’s life and FBI career workout. I plan to check out all of his books..Sammisue79Score: 5/5
Great book, but more than average amount of typos.This was a really good book. I’m only giving it four stars because of all the typos. It usually doesn’t bother me, but there were so many that really changed the structure of the sentences. Other than that, well worth the read!.Jules_R2Score: 4/5
LoveI always love Riley Paige books. There were several really big editing issues in this book though. At one point Riley is called Riley Paige even though that’s not her name yet. A second victim is called by the first victim’s name. These need to be fixed.Kinseylynn96Score: 4/5
WatchingJust an ok book..HbjvguScore: 3/5
Great book!Really good book. Couldn’t put it down. I figured out the killer fairly quickly, but that’s the reason I read these books- to pretend i’m some investigator. A couple of editing mistakes but the plot more than made up for it..[email protected]Score: 5/5
Perfect ending!This book really kept me on the edge of my seat really wondering who the killer was. I didn’t see the end coming and i love that most about this book! I can’t wait to read the next one!.MarlieraebScore: 5/5
Riveting…suspenseful…perfectly pacedI happened upon this book at random and decided to give it a shot and I was instantly hooked. The author did a beautiful job at pacing plot, conflict, and creating strong character development. Hands down, one of the best thriller books I’ve ever read..KwarriorKScore: 5/5
👍👍Great read. Easy to read, and always kept me turning the pages, setting on the edge of my seat..Iron pounderScore: 4/5
Love this authorI’ve read the other Riley Paige books and this one didn’t disappoint Worth the read.Reads avislyScore: 5/5
AmazingI absolutely loved it I couldn’t put it down.LexifinneyScore: 5/5
Worth the readThis book is amazing!! I’m in the middle of the Riley Paige Series and when I caught word that this book was out, I had to take a break from the series and read this. Kept me highly interested throughout the whole novel! I highly recommend! You can even start with this book, before getting into the Riley Paige Series. Definitely worth the read!.NkhaadiScore: 5/5
WatchingOooooh noooo!!! How did I guess the killer waaaay too early in this book? Then I was off and on with him. At the ending events, I was right on. He was just too dang nice I guess. Glad Riley was saved by FBI Agent. We need more of her, and thankfully we are getting it. Great suspense..GGRANNY.Score: 5/5
The making of Riley PaigeA great mystery and an author I highly recommend. I can’t wait to read the next in the series.IPMPHScore: 5/5
WatchingI felt the story didn’t progress fast enough to hold your interest.MacdufffScore: 2/5
Okay?I’ve read the Riley Paige series, need something to do at work, but the grammatical errors are annoying. At some point the wrong characters name was used for an entire convo sequence. Who proofreads for you dude?.TK2071Score: 2/5
The beginningIt’s a great prequel to the Riley Paige series. The story has been alluded to in the series so it was great to read the full story..Taylonr15Score: 4/5
Watching - The Making of Riley Paige #1Another excellent book by Blake Pierce. I just had to finish it! I have read Books 1 and 2 of the Riley Paige series, plus one each of the series of Keri Locke and Avery Black. Each and every one was outstanding. I look forward to reading many more great books by this author..Judyfl941Score: 5/5
Was instantly hooked can’t wait for the second one!I loved this book and the characters.Isabella De LeonScore: 5/5
Watching - Book 1Super good. Only the best for Riley Paige..Catlvr49Score: 5/5
CreepShady and weird.Straighttalker198Score: 1/5
GREAT BOOKIf you like mystery,this is a book for you, you will never guess who did it!!!! I didn’t till near the end!.Very dumb personScore: 5/5
WatchingOverall a good read. Some parts were slow and the material did not lend to the overall story..Retire readerScore: 4/5
Watching the making of riley pageAbsolutely wonderful reading!!!!!.GetltScore: 5/5
WatchingI really enjoyed this book could not put it down. This author writes fast moving tales and they are wonderful. The only thing that I noticed is that it was poorly proofed. There are many places where the wording is scrambled and it is distracting to the reader which is a shame for such a fine work..IcornwellScore: 5/5
Could use some editingThis book has potential but really needs an editor. There are parts that are jumbled and don’t make sense because people are referred to as “he” and “she” to talk about one single person. Some parts are too unrealistic and blatant. You can also only use “shocked” and “shuddered” so many times in a chapter before you really need to choose some other descriptive terms. The ending felt so rushed out of nowhere. At one point the main character sees and talks to her professor in the library and presumably less than an hour later calls his office and it’s written like they’ve not seen each other all day. The main characters name also gets a different last name of another character towards the end. All in all not a bad book, but could have been so much better.BronzilllaScore: 3/5
ExcellentAn excellent read; couldn’t put it down, highly recommend..SlapstickgumScore: 5/5
WatchingVery good. Could not put it down. Can't wait to start next one..OscarTod3Score: 5/5
Good storyA bit predictable and there were a few typos (ex: being called Riley Paige on pg 715 when her last name was Sweeney) but other than that it was a fun book!.Senn3Score: 4/5
WatchingDon’t waste your time ..Mh3219Score: 2/5
Fascinating Mystery *Spoilers*The book overall was thrilling and suspenseful but that tends to be broken when the characters don’t have the right names. At one point right after the first murder there was a point where it was “Rhea said” in an active conversation and my first thought was ‘wait is this supposed to be a ghost story?’ Then for a MAJORITY of the book the main characters name isn’t Riley Paige, it’s Riley Sweeney, and the the supposed to be love interest was Ryan Paige. It was a running joke that Riley wouldn’t remember him or his name. Riley’s brief stint with drinking too much after Trudys murder didn’t make sense. She only drank wine before this, why that drink? Why did she start drinking out of depression only now? I hope these errors can maybe be edited and fixed one day because then it would be an amazing read..Michaela&FreyjaScore: 3/5
WatchingGood book. Surprising ending..Sometimers3Score: 4/5
Amazing page turner!!I loved everything about this book. I normally read a chapter a day but instead I would binge read this book into the night! Sure there are a few spelling and grammatical mistakes but you can still understand what’s going on. I highly recommend this book if you are into mystery/thriller books..Moonmoon1416Score: 4/5
WatchingVery good, fast with great action.Nickname5452316Score: 4/5
SuspenseI just couldn’t put it down. Looked forward to reading this book every night. I felt like I was right there with Rylie as she searched for the killer..Senior womanScore: 5/5
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Good enoughA good story line, kept me interested and manages to finish the book in a few days. That being said, there definitely were a few grammatical errors. I had to read the sentence/paragraph a few times to realize, “okay, this isn’t just me reading it wrong. It’s the editing.” I’ve enjoyed getting to know Riley..J.SoriaScore: 3/5
WatchingInteresting from the opening chapter. An easy read, interesting opening to a new series. Looking forward to second book..Dougie_MScore: 4/5
Intriguing !Cannot wait to read the continuation.Jmbal65Score: 5/5
The making of Riley PageReally good mystery but proofreading was terrible. Kept mixing up pronouns, her for him & vice versa.ChewmomScore: 5/5
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Blake BLAH PierceBlake Pierce's books are atrocious and an insult to serious fiction readers worldwide. The stories are something that a grade school student could slam together in a very short amount of time. The number of typos, grammatical errors, and plain bad English is unforgivable but when an author starts mixing up the names of their characters there is seriously something wrong, and Blake does this in every book that I have read. Blake does zero research which can probably be forgiven as none is required for his/her stories which is why Blake's books are so blah. I only read Blake's books when advertised as free on Bookbub (thankfully I have not parted with any of my hard earned cash) just to see if he/she has grown as an author after such prolific self publishing...unfortunately I have been disappointed on each occasion. Blake Pierce should consider doing a few writers’ workshops. Blake needs to put more time and effort and research into writing stories that will grab the attention of people for their intricacy, attention to detail, plot twists, and intrigue rather than churning out the pulp that we have come to expect from him/her. It is also time for Blake to stop self publishing and employ some professionals...editors, proof readers, copy editors...people that will actually tell him/her the truth, that people are not interested in such predictable, clichéd, recipe book fiction. NEVER AGAIN!.LiLiTayTayScore: 1/5
Seriously???Dreadful, no more words to waste on this waste of words!.PrincessdistressScore: 1/5
WatchingGlad I didn’t pay for it. Pretty ordinary, don’t think I’ll continue with the series. Just not suspenseful enough for me. Struggled to stay interested..Beret GirlScore: 2/5
WatchingLike all the other series which I have read, this is a page turner was unable to stop reading it from the minute I started. Blake Pierce has the ability to draw you into the story, to make you fell part of it. Loved it and can’t wait for the next one or the next realises of the other series which I have read. Jo.Jodiallison76Score: 5/5
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Not goodI’ve read some of the Riley books before and really liked them but this one is awful. Sorry!.RubylovesdressesScore: 2/5
WatchingIt was really good but took a long time to find out who the killer was, the ending was a bit disappointing I thought you would of told Ryan that she was pregnant and she was going to d.c too. Overall good book..Hunni3108Score: 5/5
Reads as very rushed story writingFew mistakes in the plot, such as a character being in a place then suddenly not there. One character is referred to as male then suddenly female then back to male again. Wrong characters name is used a couple of times too. Comes across as very rushed writing and as though it’s literally not been edited. Unfortunately it does read as very amateurish..OnelittlepixieScore: 1/5
Did not expect thatBrilliant, a few cliques but none the less I couldn’t put it down, bring on the next instalment..Trussell91Score: 5/5
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