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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Andrea
  • 01-10-17

Strange

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • "unknown"
  • 01-12-17

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • G
  • 03-08-17

boring and dull

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A more invigorated narrator perhaps? Or just a more exciting story!

Would you ever listen to anything by Ross Armstrong again?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Catherine Steadman’s performances?

No

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Watcher?

The pigeon episode seemed a bit irrelevant

Any additional comments?

The synopsis read as though this would be an exciting thriller but both the narrator and story just droned on.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • M. T. Bennett
  • 01-17-17

Struggled.

Couldn't persevere to the end of this. just not my cup of tea. Maybe go back to it sometime.

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  • Suswati
  • 12-30-16

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.

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  • Alison
  • 03-08-17

Not for Audible

What would have made The Watcher better?

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.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I felt the build up expeced a different ending. A bit flat really.

What three words best describe Catherine Steadman’s voice?

Catherine Steadmans voice was very good. No complaints there.
Three words.....varied voices distinct.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • JoJoPop
  • 01-01-17

Not very exciting

I didn't find this listen very grippy or overall a great story. It need something more....
A little letdown

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  • Rose
  • 02-22-18

This is too weird

This book has it all. It’s pacey, twisty and mostly absolutely brilliant. A real thriller which I would have read in one sitting had I not started it so late at night. It tells the somewhat confused story of Lilly and her associates, people living in blocks of flats on two sides of an estate one earmarked for domolition and in the process of being torn down for rebuilding. A regeneration project but people are dying and Lilly sees it all as a bird watching writing to ehr dad but there’s much more to it than that. You want to know more? Read the book, you will not be disappointed. The performance is excellent but five stars? No way, not on your life, the book is brilliant, the writing mostly is good but way too much of the usual boring he said she said so five stars? No way.

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  • Rebecca
  • 05-09-17

Engaging story and reader

I enjoyed listening to this. Great twists and turns and an unreliable narrator! Fantastic reader.

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  • Anne
  • 03-31-17

Not my favourite

Struggled to finish this book,was ok in places but found the narration boring and too fast,not my favourite.

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  • Jody
  • 02-21-17

Could not get into it

Pitched as TGOTT meets Rear Window, i felt this did not live up to that promise. I don't want to ruin the plot for anyone but will say I found the writing style off-putting and saw the twists coming very early on. I hung in until the end as many reviewers said it got better. The narrator does quite well given what seems a difficult style to read.