Book reviews

The Watcher by Ross Armstrong

The WatcherThe Watcher by Ross Armstrong
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Watcher begins with a cracking Hitchcockian prologue then jumps back in time to tell the story of how Lily – a keen birdwatcher – becomes convinced a murder has been committed within the estate opposite her flat. The plot is a slow burner, both disorienting and claustrophobic, and layers on a sense of creeping unease with Lily’s growing obsession.

The reader is left – deliberately – with some questions by the end and occasionally the story may be a little too slow, but Lily is compelling and the mystery is sound. Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin (UK) Limited for the ARC of The Watcher.

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