Name: The Watcher
Author: Ross Armstrong
Number of Pages: 384 (Paperback)
Published: September 21st 2017 by HQ
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? – from Goodreads
Here’s something a little different from the type of book I’d usually choose.
I picked this one up totally by accident; I had time to kill at the library and didn’t have my current read with me so picked this up off the shelf.
It pulled me in right away, and I finished it in only a few days, so I must have enjoyed it.
Lily is something of an unreliable narrator, and her viewpoint is quite fascinating.
It leaves us questioning what is real, because as the story plays out with a first person narrative the reader only experiences Lily’s own viewpoint, and Lily seems to be a fairly troubled woman. I really felt for her by the end, although in the first place I found myself wondering how on earth someone could go to the lengths she was. There’s definitely some fairly questionable behaviour, but then this also shows her driven nature.
Lily is convinced that one of her neighbours has murdered another resident of the estate across from her own apartment block, and she has a direct viewpoint from which to make her observations and find out who committed the murder. And so she finds her binoculars and trains them onto the people across the way, often making up narratives for each person she encounters whilst watching.
The action is fast paced, and towards the latter stage I couldn’t put the book down, I had to know how it was all going to end as Lily put herself directly in danger time and again in her bid to uncover the truth. The Watcher has a violent and exciting conclusion, and I’d probably be tempted to read more in the way of psychological thrillers in the future after enjoying this one.