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Watching Edie – Camilla Way

Psychological Thriller 5*s
Psychological Thriller

This is one book that has a menacing edge right from the first to the very last page; a psychological thriller you won’t want to miss!

Heather and Edie were friends as teenagers when despite outwards appearances, the more confident Edie found in Heather someone who understood her. Heather unused to best friends was besotted by her new friend. For Edie having just moved to the area, she found in Heather someone who had an affinity for the things that interested her. After all she too was interested in more than boys and clothes despite appearances to the contrary. Inevitably a boy does come into the equation when Edie meets Connor, and with it comes the expected changes that occur when a girl becomes besotted with a boy.

Right at the beginning of the book we are given a clue that something happened between the two girls, what that was is a mystery, and years later, Edie is terrified that one day Heather will come looking for her. And of course, that day comes, a day when Edie holds her new baby in her arms in her London apartment hears a knock at the door… What the outcome of that visit will be, I could only imagine!

The author has absolutely nailed the plot so that the tension mounts as the story switches not only viewpoints but time periods. We have the ‘before’ as told by Heather and the ‘after’ as described by Edie. With both parts written in the first person present tense both stories are equally enthralling with that ‘peek behind the cushion’ feeling never far away. Camilla Way has got the tone absolutely right, the characters have been given a satisfying mixture of attributes, giving this reader no doubt that they are real, their actions and reactions genuinely authentic. All the clues to the storyline are set out early on, the knock on the door starting a chain of events in the present that moves the plot inexorably onwards. It is a long while since I have had such a feeling of dread each time I turn the page.

I have deliberately curtailed my reading of psychological thrillers having become wary of tales told with obvious devices to move the plot along featuring such damaged characters that you have to wonder how they get dressed in a morning, this isn’t one of those books. The plot is convincing the mounting terror although palpable, feels entirely justified. Often when stories are told in the past and the present, one story feels far more important than the other. Again, Camilla Way has avoided this pitfall; I absolutely needed to know what happened in the past, but equally I was suitably terrified about what the outcome of the storyline in the present would be. It takes a truly accomplished writer to make you care about the characters they have created, especially when you know that they have, or will, commit an act of atrocity, and yet, I did care about both Heather and Edie. I sympathised with their struggles, their perspective on the past casting a long shadow over their present so that the story turned into a bit of a battle between the events I was reading, and a wish that everything had been different for the two young girls who made an unlikely friendship at the very beginning.

With well-drawn, jump off the page characters, Camilla Way has written a book about friendship that will stay with me for quite some time. Watching Edie therefore gets a ringing endorsement from me!

Watching Edie will be published by HarperCollins UK on 28 July 2016. A shorter version of this review was submitted to Lovereading UK in return for them providing a copy of this brilliant psychological thriller for this purpose.


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

25 thoughts on “Watching Edie – Camilla Way

  1. What a review! I find it very satisfying when an author manages to master jumps in time and keep her reader interesting in both timelines. Too often, one of the timelines gets the better deal and the other lacks interest. I’m glad it was not the case with this one. I am adding this to the top of my wishlist.


  2. This does sound like an excellent read, Cleo! I do like books that link past and present in that way. So much of what happens to us in the present has its roots in the past, doesn’t it? And it’s good to hear that the characters are developed, too.


    1. I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially as both the past and the present parts were equally absorbing. As you know the theme that what happens in the past has consequences later is one I find fascinating, this was a great example.

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  3. I already have this on my to-look-for list and now I am excited to actually get it! It sounds fabulous, though I’m with you about the damaged characters in psychological thrillers, which are so popular right now. Thanks! And love the look of your updated blog 🙂


    1. Aw thank you Rita for your comments on my blog! There is only so much I can take when those damaged characters take foolish actions – of course there is an element of this in all these books but I prefer it on the right side of believable…


    1. Aw thank you 🙂 Of course I’ve read some fantastic books while I was away but you’ll be relieved to know that two of my favourites you’ve already read… this one was exceptionally good though so perhaps it can sneak in before your willpower is up to its peak?

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