Book Review – The Watcher by Ross Armstrong…

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?
I was given an ARC by NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review…
OK, I’m two chapters in and the story hasn’t started to get anywhere yet. However, I’ve got to get this out of my brain before I carry on reading. The writer has a habit of communicating the story in very short sentences. This habit is making it a little difficult to stay focused on the story itself.
I’m finding the protagonist a slightly annoying and very nosy character to begin with. Her husband tells her that she has an obsession with watching people with her binoculars. He’s right. She does. What she’s doing is voyeurism.
The short sentences do seem to improve a few chapters in and the story becomes much more fluid. The flow of the words becomes much easier to cope with.
The story itself is well crafted and has a couple of interesting little twists. Not bad at all.
A three out of five star book.
I’m profoundly grateful to NetGalley and Harlequin (UK) for my copy.

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