As the Wicked Watch By Tamron Hall

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As the Wicked Watch: The First Jordan Manning Novel (Jordan Manning series Book 1) By Tamron Hall

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The first in a thrilling new series from Emmy Award-winning TV Host and Journalist Tamron Hall, As The Wicked Watch follows a reporter as she unravels the disturbing mystery around the deaths of two young Black women, the work of a serial killer terrorizing Chicago.When crime reporter Jordan Manning leaves her hometown in Texas to take a job at a television station in Chicago, she’s one step closer to her dream: a coveted anchor chair on a national network.Jordan is smart and aggressive, with unabashed star-power, and often the only woman of color in the newsroom. Her signature? Arriving first on the scene—in impractical designer stilettos. Armed with a master’s degree in forensic science and impeccable instincts, Jordan has been able to balance her dueling motivations: breaking every big story—and giving a voice to the voiceless.From her time in Texas, she’s covered the vilest of human behaviors but nothing has prepared her for Chicago. Jordan is that rare breed of a journalist who can navigate a crime scene as well as she can a newsroom—often noticing what others tend to miss. Again and again, she is called to cover the murders of Black women, many of them sexually assaulted, most brutalized, and all of them quickly forgotten.All until Masey James—the story that Jordan just can’t shake, despite all efforts. A 15-year-old girl whose body was found in an abandoned lot, Masey has come to represent for Jordan all of the frustration and anger that her job often forces her to repress. Putting the rest of her work and her fraying personal life aside, Jordan does everything she can to give the story the coverage it desperately requires, and that a missing Black child would so rarely get.There’s a serial killer on the loose, Jordan believes, and he’s hiding in plain sight.Read more
I normally never pay more than a few dollars for my Kindle books but i couldn’t resist after seeing Tamron on a talk show taking about her novel. I’m glad I made an exception! I can’t wait until the next book! This one actually should be made into a Lifetime movie!!
I was drawn to this book, because I am product of the Englewood area growing up in the 1960″s. It was a book I couldn’t put down. It shows how different the coverage of black and white America is covered. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
Tamron Hall has officially become one of my favorite authors.Excellent read and looking forward to the next. Not only do I have kindle copy I purchased a hardcover to add to my library…. Great job Tamron “Jordan Mannjng”
I was watching a show one night and it featured TamronHall and she talked about her new book. I downloaded it that night. The writing was awesome and I could not put it down. I hope she has another one coming soon.Black girl magic!!!!!!
This is a story that’s supposed to be a mystery, about a 15 year old girl who is found dead, but it really isn’t. This is more of a story about a Chicago investigative TV reporter, Jordan Manning. I found her to be an obnoxious, self-involved person, one who wants you to think she cares about others, but it’s always all about her. She lies easily, pretends to befriend people she thinks can help her, and takes advantage of everyone she can to get her story. She’s incredibly racist and misandrist. Yes, she’s black, but it’s clear that she completely dislikes white people and men. She’s whiny and self-important. She’s reckless, impulsive, and unconcerned for her own safety, or anyone else’s. I didn’t like her at all.If all that’s not enough, she not only has a journalism degree, but also has one in forensic science. She’s says she’s certified as a crime scene investigator in both Illinois and her home state of Texas. Personally, I find that hard to believe. Even harder to believe is that she carries an official police evidence collection kit in her purse, and she doesn’t hesitate to use it. All I could think was that she was likely invalidating and disqualifying evidence she was collecting without police approval. I mean, is she a reporter, or is she a forensic crime scene investigator? I don’t think she can legitimately be both at the same time.Honestly, if I was a professional journalist, I’d be embarrassed to release a book like this, even an advanced reader copy. I doubt that the author even bothered to proofread the book before turning it into her publisher. It’s filled with misused words, continuity errors, and the writing is immature and amateurish. The characters are primarily stereotypes, and the story often takes melodramatic turns. The names of people, ones who have little involvement in the story, except that Jordan knows them or is friends with them, litter the pages, cluttering up the narrative. I don’t really need to know how she met every one of her friends or acquaintances, or any of the other extraneous information that pops up.Often, the writing has a stream-of-consciousness feeling to it. The dialogue often presents as stilted and forced, offering far more unrequested information than one would naturally offer in conversation. Support characters are flat, not one of them is fleshed out. They’re only there as devices for Jordan’s use.As for the mystery, the author gives away everything as the story develops; there is no big denouement, no dramatic revelation. I wasn’t surprised by anything. Secrets? There aren’t any. Things often either drag or jump out of nowhere. It’s a slow read. This would have been a much better book if it had focused on the mystery, not given the surprises away, and kept Jordan Manning in the background.What’s a “liquor lounge”? Or a “music lounge”? I live in Chicago, and I’ve heard of bars and taverns, night clubs, cantinas, saloons, and taprooms. I’ve never heard of a liquor lounge, but it appears multiple times in this book. My kid is a professional musician with lots of friends who are professional musicians, classical and jazz, a racially diverse group; none of them have ever heard of a music lounge. Also, when the author talks about Austin, it wasn’t always clear if she was referring to her hometown of Austin, Texas or the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. Speaking of neighborhoods, if you’re not from the Chicago area, a lot of the towns, neighborhoods, and street names will mean nothing to you, and they will likely draw you out of the story.This is supposed to be the first book in a series. I won’t be seeking out any further installments in the series. I found the writing sub-par and the main character unlikable and impossible to sympathize with. There are so many better books available that are true mysteries with characters that are believable, ones with whom you can commiserate, a plot is better thought out, and writing that is worth your time reading.This book was a massive disappointment. I do not recommend it. Unless major revisions were made in final editing, this book is sorely lacking.Disclaimer: I have never watched Tamron Hall on television, not when she was, apparently, on the news, and not now that she appears to have a talk show. My loyalties lie with a different network than the one with which Ms. Hall is connected. My opinions in this review were influenced only by the characteristics of this book.I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley. I thank them for their generosity, but it had no effect on this review. All opinions in this review reflect my true and honest reactions to reading this book.

 

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