Skip to main content

Book Review: When No One Is Watching by Joseph Hayes


Blair Van Howe and Danny Moran are close friends and successful lawyers. When Danny has too much to drink at a client's celebration of their recent victory, Blair decides to drive him home in Danny's Porche. Danny immediately passes out in the passenger seat, and Blair takes off for home. As he whips around a corner, he comes head-to-head with another car, causing it to swerve and slam into a tree.

Blaire, who is about to announce his candidacy for Congress, panics. He moves his friend into the driver's seat and takes off, leaving Danny ~ and everyone else ~ to think he was driving and caused the accident. As their lives continue from this pivotal point, we see two very different reactions to the guilt of having hurt someone else. Each man's life changes dramatically throughout the years, and many ethical and moral issues are explored.

In When No One Is Watching, Joseph Hayes presents a morality tale couched within a suspenseful thriller as one police officer tries to uncover the truth. In addition to political corruption and ethical dilemmas, he explores the tragedy of alcoholism and the power of the Alcoholics Anonymous program. With discussion questions included at the end of the book, this would make an excellent book club selection. It would also be a great story for review during a course on ethics or political science.

My Rating: 4/5

This review was written based on a copy of When No One is Watching that I received from Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists in exchange for an honest review.

Comments

  1. Now this one sounds great! Wonderful review -- will need to look for this one!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Ooh, this sounds very good. I like the idea of a suspense novel with some moral ambiguity and emotional depth.

    Sue

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop

I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Mundie Moms are hosting the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop in honor of Independence Day in the United States, and I've decided to participate. To stick with the theme of Independence Day, I'm doing what I did last year for this hop: I'm giving away a book of your choice that is written by an author from the United States. It can be any genre as long as the author is from the United States. You choose the book (up to $15), and I'll order it and have it mailed to you from Book Depository . The contest ends on Thursday, July 5th at midnight Eastern Time. The winner will be notified by e-mail. If they do not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. Happy 4th of July! I hope you have a safe and fun holiday! Enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway Now check out all of the other giveaways you can enter at the links below!

Leap into Books Giveaway Hop!

This week, I'm participating in the Leap into Books Giveaway Hop hosted by I'm a Reader, Not a Writer . I'm giving away a book of your choice  up to $10 from Book Depository. It's that simple. Just visit  Book Depository and choose any book that is selling for $10 or less. This giveaway is open to international entries as long as Book Depository ships to your address ( click here to check ). The contest ends on Monday, March 5, 2012, at midnight Eastern Time. The winner will be picked using Random.org and notified by e-mail. If they do not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. To enter, just leave a comment telling me what book you want to win. Check out all the other participants in the giveaway hop!

Freedom Giveaway Hop

Simply Stacie and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer are hosting the Freedom Giveaway Hop in honor of Independence Day in the United States, and I've decided to participate. To stick with the theme of Independence Day: I'm giving away a book of your choice that is written by an author from the United States. It can be any genre as long as the author is from the United States. You choose the book (up to $15), and I'll order it and have it mailed to you from the vendor of my choice. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me your favorite U.S. author (this doesn't have to be the author of the book you choose if you're the winner). Include your email address so I can contact you if you win. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian mailing addresses only. I've decided to open this up to international entries as long as Book Depository ships to your address. For extra entries: Leave a separate comment if you follow My Book Retre