Review: Eyes on You by Kate White

eyes on you -kate whiteA rising media star must battle a diabolical enemy in this riveting tale of psychological suspense from Kate White, the New York Times bestselling author of The Sixes and Hush.

After a painful divorce and losing her on-air job two years ago, Robin Trainer has fought hard to regain her career. Now, as the popular cohost of a nightly entertainment show and the author of a hot new bestseller, she’s being dubbed a media double threat. In a business full of rivals eager to see you fail, making a comeback was tough, and Robin isn’t about to do anything that could jeopardize her newfound success.

But suddenly things begin going wrong. A few small but nasty incidents shake her confidence: a vicious note tucked into her purse at her book signing; the photo on her book jacket slashed in her office; a doll that looks just like her—but with its eyes gouged out—left on her desk chair. Soon the meanness turns threatening.

Someone has eyes on Robin, an adversary with a dark agenda who wants to hurt her and see her fall, and the clues point to someone she works with every day. As she frantically tries to put the pieces together and unmask an enemy hiding in the shadows all too close to her, it becomes terrifyingly clear that the person responsible isn’t going to stop until Robin loses everything that matters to her . . . including her life.

In this nail-biting thriller full of stunning twists, Kate White takes you behind the scenes of the glamorous, high-intensity world of television and ratchets up the suspense, page by page, to the shocking end.

1 Drink Me Potion

DNF at approximately 25%

I’m sad, but this is my very FIRST did-not-finish book I’ve ever opened. Sure, there were books that I may have put aside for a while, but I always eventually got back to them.

I just couldn’t stand the beginning. Robin was not a very interesting protagonist. It opens with her successful debut of some book that she wrote while also being co-anchor to some show that was slowly rising in fame and success as well. Yay, I’m glad for you, Robin, but OH MY GOODNESS, White really dwells heavily on the details of Robin’s career in the TV biz. I get that the author has experience in this area prior to writing novels, but this was getting on my nerves. I didn’t sign up to read this book because I wanted to know the intricate details of being an anchor. I opened it to read a juicy MYSTERY.

The mystery started off fine, I guess. Someone left a scary note in Robin’s purse while she wasn’t looking during the book launch party. Whoop-dee-doo. Maybe it got a ton better with the scary stuff later into the novel, but it was just so hard to pick up again when I knew she was just at her office prepping for her work that day.

It wasn’t just the mystery that was somewhat ruined for me. The romance! Where to start with that? I did NOT like that co-anchor of hers. So what if he was just recently available after some break up with his girlfriend? I don’t care! Maybe I’m just way too young to care about some “bad-boy” forty-one year old man and his love life, but seeing him flirt with Robin and vice versa just sat weirdly in my stomach.

Overall, I guess if this wasn’t listed as part of Overdrive’s Big Read project and was readily available, I probably would have NEVER picked up Eyes on You.

Overall Recommendation:
Expecting a deliciously scary and suspenseful novel with a freaky psycho stalking our protagonist, Eyes on You dwindled all those expectations bit by bit. It was slow in starting, and particularly focused on minute details of Robin’s life that seemed unnecessary. My interest levels dropped rapidly, and then took a plummet when the love interest was introduced. As co-anchor to Robin’s successful show, the chemistry felt too scripted and cliche. I couldn’t finish this book for all these reasons above and more. You can definitely find better mysteries with similar plots elsewhere.


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