Watching Edie
Watching Edie by Camilla Way
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Edie is alone and pregnant – she left home 15 years ago and hasn’t been back and the father of her baby has his own family already. Just when Edie thinks she’s completely on her own though, and old friend gets in touch and comes back into her life just when she really needs help. Where has Heather been all this time though, and what will she do with Edie’s secret?

The premise for this book is quite interesting but I think it could probably have been told as a short story or novella at least as effectively, if not more so. Edie and Heather clearly do share a big secret, but the big reveal is a long time coming and, to be honest, by the time I got to it I fell rather flat.

I didn’t really warm to the characters of either Edie or Heather either; neither of them were particularly well fleshed out and, again, too much time spent looking back but not telling rather than getting to know them in the present. Heather, particularly, is not given a very detailed description and both girls appeared to just have one dimension to them.

All in all, it’s a simple idea which should have been told in half the time but which, unfortunately, leaves the reader feeling thoroughly short changed. Not one I would recommend.

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