Title: As the Wicked Watch
Author(s): Tamron Hall
Release Date: October 26, 2021
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
The first in a thrilling new series from Emmy Award–winning journalist Tamron Hall, in which a reporter unravels the disturbing mystery around the deaths of two black girls, 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 a 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 thus far been able to balance her dueling motivations: breaking every big story—and giving voice to the voiceless.
From her time reporting in Texas, she’s sure she has covered the vilest of human behaviors, but nothing has prepared her for Chicago. You see, Jordan is that rare breed of 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 females, 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, try as she might. A fifteen-year-old girl whose body was found in an abandoned lot, Masey has come to represent for Jordan all of the frustration that her job—with its required distance—often forces her to repress. Putting the rest of her workload 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. Three young boys are eventually charged with Masey’s murder, but Jordan remains unconvinced.
There’s a serial killer on the loose, Jordan believes, and he’s hiding in plain sight.
As the Wicked Watch is a great thriller with a fierce crime reporter who gives a voice to the voiceless. Tamron Hall writes a mysterious and engaging book that takes readers on a journey of solving a crime alongside the main character.
Jordan is a crime reporter that is rare. She is a black woman and sadly the only one in her department. In Chicago, if a crime happens and the victim isn’t white, it sadly doesn’t get the air time and resources it deserves. But Jordan always wants to give a voice to the voiceless and makes it her mission to always put these crimes on notice. When she comes across a murder of a 15-year-old black girl, she knows she has to find the killer. The victim’s name was Masey and the way she was found is just so heartbreaking and lights a fire in Jordan. When the local PD aren’t as eager to find evidence, Jordan takes initiative and starts investigating herself. Her persistence is fierce and effective yet she has an approachable personality so it makes it easy for people to come forward and speak the truth with her.
As the story goes on and Jordan gets deeper into this mess, another victim is found. Another young black girl and Jordan won’t stop until she finds the killer. It’s dangerous and scary but giving the families closure will be worth it.
I am a fan of Tamron’s and now I can be a fan of the author side of her. Her writing is so effective and emotive. She wrote about a hard truth and to see a behind-the-scenes look of a reporter through Jordan reminds me that there are people who are meant to serve and find justice.
I give As the Wicked Watch 4 stars. It’s a great thriller with danger, crime, and mystery. It kept me on the edge of my seat and loved being able to put on my detective hat along the way. I sure hope there are more books like this from Tamron Hall.