The Girl on the Train meets Rear Window. The Watcher is an absolutely addictive and on trend commercial psychological suspense audiobook, with a captivating unreliable narrator and some powerful narrative twists.
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 bird-watcher, 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?
©2016 Ross Armstrong (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Creepy and compelling with an end I didn't see coming. Brilliant." (Debbie Howells, best-selling author of The Bones of You)
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"One of the best thrillers I've heard in a while"
No doubt there are clear remnants of Girl on a Train and Rear Window in this psychological thriller, and having heard a fair few, sometimes it seems obvious who the culprit is.
However - the twists and turns to get to the climax are absolutely gut wrenching, the first personal dialogue writing in a journal is engaging and the contemporary plot is interesting - so it's well worth the listen. Catherine Steadman is a great performer - and it reminded me of listening to Paula Hawkin's character - there are clear similarities. Overall, definitely worth any hype.
Couldn't persevere to the end of this. just not my cup of tea. Maybe go back to it sometime.
"Had a love hate relationship with this one"
There were times when I loved the book and times when the main character annoyed me so much I wanted to give up. 3 star rating for that reason.
When I was listening to this book I found the narrator irritating, " I sar it " SAW!! It's SAW! there is no R! he was sarring SAWING!! Also "ive been sat here" poor grammar, I didn't like that. The story was a bit boring for me , not enough going on , too much bird watching . I wouldn't recommend it.
"Not very exciting"
I didn't find this listen very grippy or overall a great story. It need something more....
A little letdown
"Not for Audible"
The story in itself would be reasonable to read in a book, but it's the kind of story that is so complicated with so many names you need to keep looking back which is not easy on ipod.
I felt the build up expeced a different ending. A bit flat really.
Catherine Steadmans voice was very good. No complaints there.
Three words.....varied voices distinct.
Just that, some books were not meant for audible, and this is one. The amazon reviews are variable and liken the book to marmite. I think it would be a good book to read but not listen to.
"boring and dull"
A more invigorated narrator perhaps? Or just a more exciting story!
The pigeon episode seemed a bit irrelevant
The synopsis read as though this would be an exciting thriller but both the narrator and story just droned on.
not many ive not liked but this was qquite boring also not engaging enough narrater
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