Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Watcher by Ross Armstrong! Thanks to Anna for organising the tour and don't forget to check out the other stops!
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?
What I liked most about The Watcher was the unique writing style. It's something really different from other books I've read this year and it enabled me to feel like I got into Lily's head straight away and was instantly drawn into her world. I thought the writing was really clever and the more I read on, the better it got.
The ending of each chapter left me wanting more and I found myself hooked.
The plot was really enjoyable and while it may be similar to things that have been done before, it didn't feel like a repeat of other books, it felt fresh, new and exciting. I really liked the concept and the way it was executed.
It was packed with brilliant twists and shocks and the pace really picked up towards the end of the book. It was full of suspense and there was no way I was going to stop reading until the very end.
Overall I'm going to give The Watcher 4.5 out of 5. It was uniquely written, engaging and packed with twists. I'd definitely read more books by Ross Armstrong.
The Watcher is published by HQ
This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Ross Armstrong is a British stage and screen actor who has performed in the West End of London, on Broadway and in theatres throughout the UK. After gaining a BA in English Literature and Theatre at Warwick University, Ross joined the National Youth Theatre where his contemporaries included Matt Smith and Rafe Spall. The idea for his debut novel The Watcher came to him when he moved into a new apartment block and discovered whilst looking at the moon through binoculars that he could see into his neighbours’ homes. Thankfully for them, he put down his binoculars and picked up his pen.