The Watcher
The Watcher by Ross Armstrong
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lily and Aiden live in a new build flat in an up and coming area. Around them, the old high rises are being pulled down but their previous tenants are not happy and there are still some who are refusing to leave. Lily likes to watch the flats opposite, but she starts to see things she shouldn’t and, before she knows it, she’s involved in something she really shouldn’t be. Lily must decide which of the dangers are real, before they come for her…

I started off really enjoying this book; I liked the idea behind it and I looked forward to getting to know Lily, finding out who she was writing to, and solving the mysteries with her. Sadly, I don’t think any of these strands were really made the best of. There is a lot about Lily’s actions, but we don’t really get to know very much about her. The reason she is writing as a journal is clever, but takes far too long to be explained – in the end I felt that this could have been a whole story in it’s own right and meant that there wasn’t really time to explore either thread satisfactorily.

In the end, I think there is too much packed into this novel which could probably have made two decent books. As it is, it appears to be neither one or the other, meaning that the reader is left rather confused as to where the story is going and who the characters are.

A good crime thriller, but not one of the greats!

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