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Watching Edie

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  7,007 ratings  ·  1,047 reviews
Beautiful, creative, a little wild… Edie was the kind of girl who immediately caused a stir when she walked into your life. And she had dreams back then—but it didn’t take long for her to learn that things don’t always turn out the way you want them to.

Now, at thirty-three, Edie is working as a waitress, pregnant and alone. And when she becomes overwhelmed by the needs of
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 28th 2016 by HarperCollins UK
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Deanna
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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My legs were really bothering me yesterday and so I spent a lot of time with my feet up reading. I was so into this book, that I ended up staying up late to finish it.

Pregnant and alone, thirty-three year old Edie has a lot on her mind. So when the doorbell rings and she opens the door one day, she is completely surprised when she sees who's standing on the other side. It's her former best friend, Heather. They haven't seen
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Julie
Watching Edie by Camilla Way is a 2016 Berkley publication.

A psychological thriller done right!

The past few months have been very hectic in my household- so I’ve been either catching up on my holiday books before the season is over, or going through my TBR pile and pulling out a few books that have slipped down the list so that I can read them at my leisure, instead of being on a deadline.

I remember when this book was making the rounds on Goodreads, I was very intrigued, but the wait time at
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karen
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i came across a copy of this arc at work a while back, before there were too many reviews of it up on here. i couldn't tell, from an admittedly cursory assessment, whether it was creepy psychological suspense or a more heartwarming story of female friendships overcoming past betrayals and reigniting when one was in need of support. i decided to pass on it, because i didn't need another book to read, especially one that i was already iffy about. and then once more people started reviewing it, and ...more
Linda
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The night hovers."

And watchful eyes do peer into windows. Nothing you have done and nothing that you will ever do will go unnoticed.

Edie steps onto the page with heavy-laden feet. You see, she's been a hard working waitress for some time taking on extra shifts for extra money. The swollen, achy feet can attest to that, including the fact that she is pregnant and alone. Another unmentionable secret to add to the pile of lies looming in the background. The baby's father is married and unaware.
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Chelsea Humphrey
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-publisher
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Date Read: 08/06/16
Pub Date: 08/02/16

4 STARS

Beautiful, creative, a little wild… Edie was the kind of girl who immediately caused a stir when she walked into your life. And she had dreams back then—but it didn’t take long for her to learn that things don’t always turn out the way you want them to.

Now, at thirty-three, Edie is working as a waitress, pregnant and alone. And when she becomes overwhelmed by the needs of her new baby
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Richard
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers-uk
I occasionally listen to audio books and Watching Edie by Camilla Way was perfect in this format - ideal for long car journeys and long breaks between instalments. The plot is straightforward, there are few characters and the writing is clear cut.
Edie is attractive, down to earth, kind and popular. Heather is awkward, needy and shunned by her school friends. They strike up an unlikely friendship when Edie moves down from Manchester and starts at Heather's school.
The story jumps from the past
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Melissa
This was a pretty great read. The author twisted and skewed this frequently used plot line into something different and kind of unexpected.

The story literally opens with Edie answering the door to her past - Heather. Friends in high school, something horrible happened that ripped them apart and they haven’t seen each other since. Immediately, you can feel the awkward tension and the uncomfortable feeling lurking in the air. Edie is creeped out by Heather and who can blame her? What kind of
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Elyse  Walters
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Before....
Edie is the new girl at the High School in the small town of Fremton. She has natural
beauty -- and is naturally well liked by other students. She is socially -appropriate...
could be considered popular... But is comfortable enough in her skin to mix with all types of friends. She doesn't measure who she is by having to hang out with the 'cool kids'.
Heather, is actually one of the first students Edie meets. Heather feels lucky to be talking to such a beautiful new girl in school - she
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Katie B
I loved the author's newest book, The Lies We Told, so much I immediately ordered this one. I ended up enjoying this one as well and think Camilla Way does an awesome job at telling these creepy but entertaining stories.

Edie is pregnant and alone when a friend from her past comes back into her life. She tries to avoid her but Heather is there for Edie when she needs her most. And let's just say things start to get weird.

I was thoroughly entertained and I loved the dual timelines of Edie in the
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Liz Barnsley


Oh well what can I say about Watching Edie?

I got to the end and sat there thinking “What do I do now?”

Look psychological thrillers are a dime a dozen these days because its a popular genre (for good reason) and because there are so many themes to explore all under that heading. Some are truly awful, some are mediocre, some are intriguingly popcorn to read and some are brilliant. Then you have ones like Watching Edie – which is brilliant but also reminds you that these things can still surprise
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Brenda
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a debut book, this was really good! At age 16, Edie and Heather are best friends. Until something happens. Seventeen years later, with neither of their lives as they had envisioned them, they meet again. I thought both characters were very well-written and very believable. At times, I trusted Edie and other times, Heather. And then Heather would creep me out, and Edie would seem so cruel. I liked them and then I didn't like them. With the ending came clarity of hindsight and feelings of ...more
Judy Collins
Top 50 Books of 2016!

Camilla Way delivers a dark hypnotic psychological thriller debut, WATCHING EDIE, a smashing, brilliantly crafted suspense, portraying the dark side of friendships. Keeping readers glued to the pages—With pulse-pounding intensity, building to a stunning climax --you do not see coming.

Spellbinding, every character is deeply flawed. The past and present - Combustion! From "Then" (Heather), to "Now" (Edie). From high school to seventeen years later.

Two unlikely friends.
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sue
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't know why I didn't get to this book sooner. I certainly wish I had of done. It's a great premise, fabulous plot and twists that kept me spinning.

The thing is, the author drips enough that you need to keep reading and sniffing where the final trail leads you. It's a guessing game what "happened" so you're shouting " come on, what was it".

Edie is new in the area. Happy in her own skin. A social kind of person, fits in with anyone, pretty too and attracts attention although she's not aware
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: I have imagined this, dreamed of this, dreaded this, so many hundreds of times for so many years that the reality is both entirely surreal and anti-climactic. I see and hear life continuing on this ordinary London street on this ordinary afternoon - cars and people, children playing down the street, a dog barking - as if from far away, and as I stare into her face the sour taste of fear creeps around the back of my tongue. I open my mouth but no words come and we stand in silence for a ...more
 Li'l Owl
Nerve Jangling from Beginning to End!

I’m entirely unprepared for what’s waiting for me beyond the heavy, wide front door and when I open it the world seems to tilt and I have to grip the doorframe to stop myself from falling. Because there she is, standing on my doorstep, staring back at me. There, after all this time, is Heather.
And I have imagined this, dreamed of this, dreaded this, so many hundreds of times for so many years that the reality is both entirely surreal and anticlimactic. I see
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Book of Secrets°ღ
Before and after. Heather and Edie. High school best friends, one awkward and lonely, the other beautiful and rebellious. Then something terrible happens, and they go their separate ways. But what happened? Fast-forward 17 years, and Edie is a new mother, alone, and unable to care for her new baby. Suddenly, Heather is there, ready to help. But after so many years apart, how did she know?

WATCHING EDIE was amazing psychological suspense. I did not want to put this book down! The story is about a
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Jan
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, suspense
4.5 stars

Loved it!!

This is a solid thriller with flawed characters and buried secrets. The author does a wonderful job keeping the reader guessing as to who is the most dysfunctional and who has the most secrets to reveal.

I was really impressed by the structure and pace of how this read. Told from each of the main characters points of view, but in different time periods. Edie's version was told in the present tense where Heather's was told in the past. Both time periods doing an excellent job
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PattyMacDotComma
3.5
I expected more. The format was great, Before and After, with alternating points of view between Heather (Before) and Edie (After). The story moved along over the years from high school and some unspeakable ‘events’, which are hinted at with constant teases and references, to many years later.

It’s those events that I expected more from. The struggles both girls had with their families and the great difference in their natures was well described. Heather is dowdy, frumpy and unpopular. Edie is
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Petra
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, netgalley, uk
Watching Edie tells the story of Edie and Heather who first met when Edie moved to a new school as a teenager. Heather turns up on Edie's doorstep 16 years after the two women last saw each other. The past is revealed from Heather's point of view while the present is narrated by Edie. It is clear from the start that something terrible must have happened all those years ago. I've read several books recently with this devastating-secret-from-the-past plot and the constant switch between present ...more
Meredith
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Psychological thriller that will mess with your head.

Both outcasts, teenagers Heather and Edie are drawn together over their crumbling home lives. Overweight and unstylish, Heather is socially awkward and tries too hard to make friends. She becomes immediately enthralled with Edie, the new beautiful girl at school who is nice to her. The two girls realize that they share a lot in common and become fast friends. However, their friendship changes when Edie begins dating Connor, and the results of
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Dannii Elle
Actual rating 3.5/5 stars.

I received this on a read to review basis from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, Camilla Way, and the publisher,Harper Collins, for this opportunity.

Watching Edie has one of the most interesting narrative structures I have ever read in a book and immediately grabbed my attention. The segments located in the present are directed through Edie's perspective, whilst the past segments are addressed through Heather's. Edie is the stereotypical bad girl: short skirts, overly
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Taryn
3.5 Stars.A story revolving around an unhealthy friendship. The chapters alternate between Heather's perspective as a teenager and Edie's perspective as an adult. A traumatic event destroyed their friendship, but seventeen years later Heather reinserts herself into Edie's life.

“I’ll look after you. Don’t worry. I’ll always look after you.”


After (33 years old):Edie is shocked when Heather shows up at her door. The past trauma they shared comes rushing back to her. What could Heather possibly
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Lisa
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Watching Edie is a powerful psychological thriller that will keep you up to all hours of the night, this was one well written novel for Camilla Way i found the plot to be well rounded & precise to the point of the two main characters Edie & Heather.


The story flips between Edie & Heather in the before & after sequence i was a bit confused in the beginning as to who i was reading about but worked it out Quickly.


Edie was at home dealing with her life & problems when she suddenly
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Monnie
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Talk about dysfunctional people! Not a character here - with the exception of an infant - is without flaws, most of them dead serious. And now that I think about it, I'm far from sure that baby girl will turn out okay.

Central to this psychological drama are one-time "friends" Edie and Heather; the former is beautiful and popular, the latter, not so much. As the story begins, they've long since gone their separate ways; Edie - now in her mid-30s - is living alone, working as a waitress and
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Janet
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had seen a lot of positive feedback about this book and I'm always keen to discover new authors, so in I went. And I was not disappointed.

Watching Edie is a story of two girls with a shared past. The story presents itself in two narratives. We have the present told from Edie's point of view and in the past from Heather's point of view. Edie and Heather meet when they are young teenagers almost embarking on adulthood. Heather has had a somewhat repressed kind of upbringing with her strict
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Sheila
Apr 18, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

This is a quick, compulsive read and a better-than-average thriller. What makes it stand out is the characterization--it's interesting to see both the main characters (Edie and Heather) in the past and present, and from each other's point of view. I especially thought Edie's postpartum depression was well written, as well as Heather's home life.

I devoured it quickly, and will look for Way's next book.

I received this review copy from the publisher on NetGalley. Thanks for the
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Tracy Fenton
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
If like me you love a psychological thriller with unlikeable and disturbed characters, a dark secret lurking in the background lots of twists and turns and a tense and gripping page turner then this should be your next read. 4.5 stars
Louise Wilson
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This no si is written in the "before" and "after". After is the present day.

Edie is the new girl at High School. Heather goes to the same school and is one of the first students to meet Edie.

Edie is charming and beautiful and it's not long before she has made more friends and has a boyfriend.

Heather is a bit on the heavy sides do Edie is her only friend.

Sixteen years later Edie is working as a waitress and is heavily pregnant. When she opens her flat door one night she is shocked to find Heather
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Bethan Watson
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
Edie is everything Heather is not. She is popular, good looking and can make friends easily. Heather, on the other hand is gawky and finds it difficult to interact with other people. When Edie starts a new secondary school in Fremton after moving from Manchester, she shows Heather the slightest bit of interest and suddenly Heather is enthralled. Although these two teenage girls are very different, they do share something in common: a traumatised childhood. When Edie meets Connor and he leads her ...more
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Camilla Way was born in Greenwich, south-east London, and studied Modern English and French Literature at the University of Glamorgan. Her father was the poet and author Peter Way. Formerly Associate Editor of the teenage girls' magazine Bliss, she is currently an editor and writer on the men's style magazine Arena. Having lived in Cardiff, Bristol, Bath and Clerkenwell, she now lives in ...more
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