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Watching Over You

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,955 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Following the death of her husband and unborn child, Charley Belington sells the family home and bravely starts life over again. On moving into a new flat, she is befriended by her landlady, Ella, who seems like the perfect friend and confidante.

But, unbeknown to Charley, Ella is fighting her own dark and dirty demons as the fallout from a horrific childhood sends her spir
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Published January 14th 2014 by Thomas & Mercer
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Maybe my expectations were too high after seeing all the four and five star ratings...but I have to say WATCHING OVER YOU didn't do it for me. It wasn't bad- there just wasn't anything that made it stand out from other "crazy woman stalker" books.

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...And what do you get? Ella Patrick- the nymphomaniac, alcoholic, psycho stalker landlady- and Charley Belington's wo
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, arc
4.5 Bunny Boiler Stars
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When Charley loses her husband unexpectedly, she decides that the only way to move forward from her grief is to sell her home and rent for a while until she decides her next step.

Ella is a girl with issues....

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She has a need to pick men up for the night..One night only, nothing more..
Her sexual urges dominate her life but also help her deal with the terrible experiences she has suffered over the years.
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Ella's drinking is out of control and when she wakes up next morning s
Liz Barnsley
Coming January 2014

Thank you kindly to Mel Sherratt for the advanced copy via netgalley.

Following the death of her husband and unborn child, Charley Belington sells the family home and bravely starts life over again. On moving into a new flat, she is befriended by her landlady, Ella, who seems like the perfect friend and confidante. But, unbeknownst to Charley, Ella is fighting her own dark and dirty demons as the fallout from a horrific childhood sends her spiraling down into madness ‒ and unsp
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Amazon publishing, the author and Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this remarkable thriller.

I had read book one in her previous series so was aware of the authors style of writing, however this book just blew me away.

I love how the chapters are just long enough that they leave you hanging so you need to read the next chapter, then the next, then the next until the hours have slipped by and you realise you just can't leave this book alone.

I'm going to be a stalk
Cleo Bannister
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Being a big fan of psychological thrillers I just had to read Watching Over You by Mel Sherratt. The blurb for this book indicates that when Charley moves into her new flat that Ella who lives upstairs, may not be the best neighbour to have. We have all read enough stories of awful neighbours and some of the more unfortunate among us have had experience of them but I really hope none of my readers have experienced anyone quite like Ella.

At first all goes smoothly and Charley who is trying to tak
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I am used to reading about sensitive subjects as the author covers quite a lot of them in her wonderful Estate series and Watching Over You certainly has quite a shocking one.

Charley has certainly suffered a sad loss and a year after her husband died in a tragic accident she moves into a flat looking forward to moving on.

Ella is certainly battling an horrific past. Right from the start it is obvious that Ella has issues, serious issues. Ella, due to her past, certainly is not a straight forward
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
A quick read for me. Started late one night and finished it off the next morning.

It tells the story of Charley, a newly widowed wife who loses her husband in a car crash. Wanting to make a fresh start somewhere new she decides to leave her family home and take a short term lease until she decides what she wants to do next. And this is where we meet Ella, Charley's new landlady, a woman who on the surface appears friendly and likeable, but who as time goes on, starts to unravel before Charley's v
Liz Barnsley
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Coming January 2014

Thank you kindly to Mel Sherratt for the advanced copy via netgalley.

Following the death of her husband and unborn child, Charley Belington sells the family home and bravely starts life over again. On moving into a new flat, she is befriended by her landlady, Ella, who seems like the perfect friend and confidante. But, unbeknownst to Charley, Ella is fighting her own dark and dirty demons as the fallout from a horrific childhood sends her spiraling down into madness ‒ and unsp
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Taunting the Dead was the first book I had the pleasure of reading by Mel Sherratt. I was intrigued then by her writing and quickly whizzed through The Estate Series waiting patiently for the next of Mel's books I would be able to read. Mel was then picked up by a publishing company and I wondered if her books would lose their edge or the reality aspect of the characters such as those in the Estate series. Well I am more than happy to say that this has got to be the best book so far! When you me ...more
Sophie Bristow Harris
Superb Thriller.

I'd like to Thank the author, Mel Sherratt, for listing this book early on Net Galley for her fans.

I have read Mel's "Estate" series so I knew "Watching Over You" was going to be a great read.

The suspense grabs you by the throat and does not let go until way after finishing this truly tense and heart pounding novel.

The characters were well rounded and three dimensional. Charley a strong, yet at the same time timid woman who the reader is instantly drawn to, verses Ella... What ca
I loved Mel Sherratt's ‘The Estate’ series, so I was excited to receive an early copy of her new book Watching Over You which is due for release on 14th January. Thank you to the publisher.

Wow! Mel has created a story that had me well and truly hooked from the first page. Well written, tightly plotted and the characterisation is completely brilliant. The nearer it got to the end the more tense things were and just like a film, I was on the edge of my seat. It reminded me of the movie Single Whit
C.L. Taylor
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow!I now completely understand why Elizabeth Haynes described this as a book you need to read from behind a cushion! I can't remember the last time a book unsettled me quite this much. And, Ella, what a character. Just reading about her made me feel grubby - mentally and physically - and it's testament to Mel's skill that she achieved such a feat. And Ella isn't the only creepy character in the book. Everyone is being watched by someone. I'm never leaving my lights on and my curtains open ever ...more
I don't know if my tastes are changing, or what, but this book was just "okay" for me (which I'm rating 2 star according to Goodreads). It told a sad story, about hurt people hurting each other, and to me, had little redemptive value.
I'm not looking for Sydney Carton or anything, but just saying, the book was a dark, explicit downer, and didn't do anything new or surprising. It definitely made sex addiction sound unsexy, I'll give it that.
Zoe Hall
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
This is my first thriller of 2016 and I absolutely loved it. This is also the first of Mel Sheratt's books I've read and I will definitely be checking out her other work.

A story about trust, abuse (physical, mental and physical), perception, and mental health all linked together to form a brilliant thriller with brilliant characters who all appear mismatched on the surface but link together wonderfully.

I absolutely love Mel's writing style and I particularly enjoyed the internal, schizophrenic
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this an enjoyable read but by no means a great or even an average one. Why rate a book with just two stars when enjoyed I hear you ask! I'm afraid i'm not a person to rate a book with 4 or 5 stars unless they are outstanding or very much above average. "Watching Over You" would gain 3 stars for its plot but is dragged down by it's extremely simplistic style. It simply lacks depth and it's emotion is shallow and lacking in substance. The characters feel like something from a bad soap oper ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
I really don't understand the high ratings for this book. I found it contrived and without any redeeming features. the characters are one dimensional, the plot is predictable and the constant sex just gratuitous without adding anything. clearly the author lives stoke....sections of this read like a council brochure for the city, which I just found annoying. sorry to be so negative, but really not for me.
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is definitely what I would term a trashy read, something quick, fast paced and unlikely to recommend to book club!
It felt a bit manic just reading it, the whole cassie/Ella personality thing, and there was enough sex in it to rival 50 shades easily.
Not my usual cop of tea, can't say I enjoyed it, but it kept me reading till the end just to see how it ended.
Alexina Golding
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
4:5 star read...

Single white female meets Cathy Bates.

I can't say this book is an enjoyable read, it is a page turner that made me feel slightly grubby and a voyeur.

I had a difficult time putting this book down, and found it creepy and addictive.
Christina Gholson
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by Mel Sherratt and I loved it!!! Definitely gonna find more books by Mel! Awesome read that I highly recommend! Great psychological thriller!
Book Addict Shaun
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I finished this book and could almost hear my heart beating it was going that fast. This book should come with a health warning. Mel has been on my TBR for a long time but as any book lover will know, a never-ending TBR is both a blessing and a curse. We always have something to read, just not enough time for all of them. Since starting the blog one thing that has astounded me is the generosity of authors. I have received a number of signed books and when Mel offered two of hers for review I was ...more
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I feel pretty torn with my opinion on this book. I have read the first of Mel’s Estate books and really enjoyed it. It’s also clear from reading this latest of her books that she has bundles of talent and is overall a great writer. For some reason though, this book just didn’t sit all that well with me. I liked Charley Belington and the reader gets to see this brave woman try to get over the death of her husband. She is trying to move on and that means moving out of the home she shared with her ...more
Bill Kupersmith
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like Cathy & Josie in The Estate series, Mel Sherratt's Charley in Watching Over You is a caregiver - a support worker @ an organization for victims of domestic abuse. And like them, she is a very attractive character. But I was disappointed that we see practically nothing of Charley in her caregiving role. She mostly figures as the intended victim in a very straightforward thriller; we know the identity of the villain from the beginning. This book is another version of the roommate-from-hel ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After reading Taunting The Dead by this author a couple of years ago I have been following her career and loving her work and determination. Although I would like to say her writing ability has grown over that time I honestly can not as her unique style of writing was amazing then just as it is today!

Watching Over You, although slightly different from her other books was an awesome, breath taking read. The prologue was enough to get my emotions moving so I was well aware this was not going to b
Nicole Rhaven
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
First off, the summary on the back didn't prepare me for what was to come, but I kept reading just waiting to see how the story would unfold and I am glad that I did.
Charley loses here husband and soon there after her unborn child and by not being able to stand being in the home that she shared with her now deceased husband she sells her house and moves in elsewhere.
Her landlady seems nice enough at first.
Then the nail biting begins as the more pages you turn, the more Ella, the landlady, star
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Watching Over Me is a fast paced, adrenaline charged read! From page one you hurtle head first into the downward spiral that is Ella! Charley meets up with Ella as she moves into her new flat as a means of moving on with her life following the death of her husband. Ella is her landlord, Ella wants to be friends but Ella is not alone and sometimes Ella isn't such a nice friend to have!

I did say this is not for the faint hearted, Amazon describe it as an erotic thriller, but behind the eroticism t
Paula Brandon
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
I thought I would enjoy this, seeing as the plot was similar to SWF Seeks Same. I haven't read that, but it was the basis of the movie Single White Female and I love a good crazy roommate story! But instead of a good psychological showdown between psycho landlady and nice tenant, there was too much focus on Ella's sex addiction. For the first 168 pages, it's not much more than her having one night stands and masturbating constantly! I'm no prude - it's more the fact that Sherratt eventually make ...more
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Hmm. I started to have doubts about this book part way through, wasn't awfully interested in finishing it but did so anyway. I wasn't terribly impressed. I can totally understand how a person's early life experiences affect the type of adult they become, including mental illness, however this just felt forced. Everything happened so quickly and I felt like something was missing from the whole story but couldn't put my finger on what exactly. That left me feeling like the book just wasn't for me. ...more
Zachary Spears
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Watching Over You      I wasn't really aware of what I was getting myself into; it said psychological thriller and was on ads for Kindle. But I found myself reasonably surprised with the pace and shock value of certain things.
     I'm not much for gratuitous sex scenes in books but the contrast of Ella and Charley's sexual encounters brought out the major differences, i.e. Ella was a crazy bitch.
     It was a strange change of pace but was a visceral, gritty experience. If these books weren't so
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charley moves into a flat, trying to make a fresh start. She is still grieving over the death of her husband. Unfortunately for Charley, her new landlord is Ella. Ella is unstable and it soon becomes apparent is not what she seems.

A rather enjoyable read from a new author for me, inspite of its stereotypical portrayal of mental illness. I liked and felt sorry for Ella, although I thought we heard too much from her at times. I am fond of a good baddie, if that makes sense. And Ella is a good bad
Sharon Sant
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Every page holds a new shock or twist and you spend the entire book wondering what on earth there is left to surprise you, only to find that there is loads more! It slow burns at first, but steadily picks up pace and tension until it reaches the gripping denouement. The premise and plot feel very fresh and are never burdened with unnecessary detail so the story zips along nicely. Beware - it will keep you awake at night. And if you live in a flat with your landlady in the flat below, move out ri ...more
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