Thursday, September 8, 2011

Review: When No One is Watching by Joseph Hayes

Goodreads: On the eve of announcing his run for Congress, a charismatic Chicago politician causes a deadly accident. Panicked, he frames his best friend, a good-hearted alcoholic, and flees the scene. As one man tries to pick up the pieces of his shattered life, the other embarks on a meteoric rise to political stardom. But when a dogged detective digs deeper into the case, the political superstar must decide just how far he is willing to go to keep his dark secret and avoid an explosive scandal that could ruin him and rock the entire nation.

Kritters Thoughts:  Have you ever been sucked into a story from page one?  Have you ever known who the bad guy was, but somehow kept rooting for him a little?  Danny and Blair, two friends who have stood by each other's side until a fateful night where careless driving ends up with someone dead and a friendship lost.

I had a hard time reading this book because I kept finding myself feeling a little pity for the resident bad guy.  I blame the nasty father-in-law and the conniving wife, if it weren't for them our bad guy would have been put in the dog house much faster.  Full of colorful characters, this book had heart and soul with a story that progressed through the years with ease and finesse.  I loved jumping through times in both of their lives and watching both of them grow.

I would recommend this one to both genders and all ages.  The simplicity of the story helps the reader to purely enjoy the writing of each unique character and keep current with the story.  I definitely loved this one.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Pages: 320

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author in conjunction with Partners in Crime tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


  1. I loved that the bad guy had you in his corner but you was hating it, lol

    Great review.

  2. A good story is a good story, even when you know who the bad guy is. I was sort of sucked in just reading the blurb and it's not normally the type of book I'd pick up.


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