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Lynette Eason Thrills With Suspense Novel 'Always Watching'

Updated on October 18, 2017

Lynette Eason Modern Master Of Suspense Follows In Alfred Hitchcock Footsteps

Lynette Eason is master of fast-paced suspense novel.
Lynette Eason is master of fast-paced suspense novel. | Source

Eason Emerges As Contemporary Master Of Suspense With Alfred Hitchcock Caliber Skill

While Alfred Hitchcock was dubbed as the "master of suspense" during his reign as Hollywood's top director of suspense movies, contemporary novelist Lynette Eason has continued her place in the pantheon of top suspense novelists in the world with her masterpiece Always Watching. Hitchcock made his name with thrilling films such as Psycho (1958) and Vertigo(1960) which sent tingles along the audience's collective spine.

Eason has created her own version of spine-tinglers with a similar recipe of suspense and psychology. Coincidentally, Hitchcock's exciting coupling of icy blonde female characters with male protagonists, has been duplicated by his contemporary suspense successor Eason in her brilliant 2016 novel Always Watching. The cover of Eason's thriller even portrays a blonde female running with a gun clutched in her hand. That is reminiscent of many Hitchcockian females as seen in North By Northwest and Vertigo.

Bodyguards Of Elite Guardians Agency Are All Strong Women

While the bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency are all women, the client they are hired to protect is popular male psychiatrist and radio personality Wade Savage. When Wade's father realizes his son is the target of a stalker, he has no qualms about hiring the all-female quartet to protect his son. To say that these four ladies are strong individuals would be an understatement.

The action is fast from the beginning with his bodyguard brutally attacked to the extent her life is in peril. With her life hanging by a thread in a hospital bed, agency owner Olivia Edwards must take control of the case. Olivia's role as the lead female protagonist become apparent as she takes charge of the situation.

The suspense never falters in this modern day classic as Olivia uses all her skills to protect the man who intrigues her. As the unknown stalker escalates his/her actions from leaving gifts to more violent actions, Olivia must outhink her mystery rival.

Eason Employs Trademark Fast Pace

One of the trademark traits of an Eason thriller over the past ten years has been the breakneck speed at which the action proceeds. A sports analogy would be a team which fastbreaks down the court with the ball and races to the hoop without delay. Here Eason shows she has mastered that fine art. This is one of those books which one could easily read in one setting. However, because the reader is reluctant to lose friends like Olivia and Wade, one doesn't want to finish too soon. It's a great problem for the reader of a great book to have.

Comparison Of Book To Movie 'Bodyguard'

When the plot unfolds at the start, readers may be reminded of the 1992 hit movie Bodyguard in which a man (Kevin Costner) guards a female. Eason quickly shows this is not going to be a copy of the plot from that film as the plot veers in different directions. With the original concept of women guarding a man, this is clearly a new story.

Eason Crafts A Book For Women And Men

While normally a romance book is the domain of a predominantly female audience, this book appeals to men as well. With Eason constructing this as a suspense with overtones of romance, men will like it too.

Always Watching Wins 2017 Carol Award

Always Watching Wins Prestigious Carol Award from American Christian Fiction Writers.
Always Watching Wins Prestigious Carol Award from American Christian Fiction Writers. | Source

Eason Aims To Bring Readers to Christ

While the prolific Eason aims to bring readers to the edge of their seats, it's more important to her to bring them to Christ. Her favorite Bible verse is found at Proverbs 3:5 as follows: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." One reviewer of Always Watching, said he normally didn't read Christian books because for various reasons he didn't like them. Eason won him over, and he conceded at the end of his review she'd done an excellent job with a riveting plot and realistic dialogue.

Lynette Eason Biography

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, and he Hidden Identity Series, as well as Always Watching in the Elite Guardians series. She is the winner off an ACFW Carol Award, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. She has a masters degree in education from Converse College and she lives in South Carolina, according to Fresh Fiction. Her books regularly reside on the ECPA and CBA bestseller lists.

How Lynette Eason Writes A Book

Lynette Eason burst on the writing scene in 1999. According to an interview with Joyce Lamb in 2016, she tried plotting her stories in advance, but discovered she preferred to be more of a seat of the pants writer in the early days of her career. She said, "I liked to just see where the story took me." Recently she decided to try "the plotting thing one more time." She discovered that now that she knows about how a book is supposed to go, the plotting is much easier.

Blood Doesn't Necessarily Make Family

In an interview on June 21, 2017, for Reviews And Interviews, Eason said, "I'd like readers to take away that blood doesn't necessarily make you family, it's those who watch out for you, accept you, and love you, who are truly family."

Family has been a recurring theme in several of her books. She made the above quote in regard to her book Chasing Secrets which once again involved the Elite Guardians. Bodyguard Haley Callahan is in South Carolina, but a photo leads to West Ireland to open a twenty-five year old case in which her life is placed in peril. The intriguing plot includes Detective Steven Rothwell deciding he must stay with Haley to protect her in this time of crisis. Although her profession is to take care of others, Haley needs to be protected in this thrilling novel. A protector at heart, Rothwell is not about to let her fight this battle alone.

In an earlier Eason thriller, the protagonist discovers late in the novel that she should appreciate the lady who adopted her even though they weren't blood relatives. Harboring bitterness toward her adopted mother for keeping the adoption a secret from her for many years, she only realizes late in the book that it was her adopted mother who take care of her most of her childhood.

How Prolific Is Lynette?

During the same interview, Lynette disclosed she's now written "around forty" books. Although she's been writing her whole life, she only got serious about publication around 2000. It was seven years later that she sold her first novel in 2007. That should offer encouragement to other aspiring writers that it even took the brilliant Lynette Eason seven years to break through.

How Did Lynette Know Romantic Suspense Was Her Genre?

In an interview with Compass Book Ratings, Lynette was asked how she knew the romantic suspense genre was for her. She replied she grew up reading Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, The Boxcar Children, Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, Alfred Hitchcock and many more. So maybe it's no accident she has ascended to the top of suspense and romance genre with similarities to the old master of susense Hitchcock.

Hitchcock Versus Eason

Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films in a career stretching across six decades. His first thriller The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog (1927), helped shape the thriller genre in film. Eason is setting a much faster pace than the English native who moved to Hollywood. It has taken her only ten years to create forty books. At this pace, she will far surpass Hitchcock's totals in six decades.

Eason's Mentor Mentality

One of the remarkable traits of Eason's personality is her willingness to mentor others less experienced than herself in writing. She recently taught three sessions for the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in Dallas. She is unselfish enough to share the secrets of the success of her craft with others. Not only is she a brilliant writer, but she is a good person.

Lynette Eason Shown With Agent

Lynette Eason shown with good friend and agent Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency.
Lynette Eason shown with good friend and agent Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. | Source


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    • JP Silva profile image


      2 years ago from Los Angeles

      Sounds like Lynette and I have something in common, an interest in drawing the reader in.


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