[Review] The Watcher

32288096I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher HarperCollins NZ in exchange for an honest review. 

Quick fire review:

I’ve read quite a few thrillers over the years and while this one isn’t without its flaws, I definitely was enthralled from start to end.

The changing plot twists and the captivating characters make this somewhat predictable genre entirely refreshing.

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The Girl on the Train meets Rear Window, The Watcher is an absolutely addictive and on trend commercial psychological suspense read, with a captivating unreliable narrator and some powerful narrative twists. She’s watching you, but who’s watching her? Lily Gullick lives with her husband Aiden in a new-build flat opposite an estate which has been marked for demolition. A keen birdwatcher, she can’t help spying on her neighbours. Until one day Lily sees something suspicious through her binoculars and soon her elderly neighbour Jean is found dead. Lily, intrigued by the social divide in her local area as it becomes increasingly gentrified, knows that she has to act. But her interference is not going unnoticed, and as she starts to get close to the truth, her own life comes under threat. But can Lily really trust everything she sees?

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3.5 out of 5 stars

Keeping this short to make sure I don’t spoil the whole damn thing.

Special thanks to HarperCollins NZ for sending me this book for review.

Lily has just moved into a new block of apartments in East London and equipped with her binoculars, she begins spying on her neighbours. It isn’t long before her imagination runs wild after witnessing a strange event and when a woman is found murdered, her mind goes into overdrive trying to connect the dots.

This is incredibly well written. From the very first sentence “I look in her direction” to the ominous chapter titles counting down to an event “16 days till it comes…”, the little details make this a wild ride.

If you are anything like me when you pick up a thriller, you spend a good chunk of time figuring out who the big bad is and while a somewhat predictable plot may make you think you know what is going on, it is the plot twist after plot twist that keeps you entertained.

This is my first Ross Armstrong book but I can say with certainty that I will be keeping my eye on this author from now on.

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