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...more
Lily Gullick lives with her husband in a new and very stylish apartment in London. Opposite them are old council owned tower blocks that are due for demolition, but they still have tenants living in them. Lily becomes obsessed with her neighbours opposite and constantly uses binoculars to see exactly what they are up to. When firstly a student from the opposite block goes missing, and then ...more
The book is written in the first person, almost like journal format but more free-flowing than just diary entries. For this reason we are in the main ...more
The Watcher is something totally different from anything that I've read in a while. For a start it is written in the first person, totally from the viewpoint of the main protagonist, so you really get a sense of what all her thoughts and feelings are as she's experiencing them. Lilly is married to Aiden and lives in a newly built block of flats overlooking a block of flats that have been designated to come down to make way for a new ...more
The Watcher is an interesting psychological thriller especially with reference to the main character voice. There were things I both loved and didn't love about it but overall I found it highly intriguing and addictive.
Full review and more in depth reasoning nearer publication. But I'm going to recommend it to fans of this genre for sure because its got that certain *something*
...some lies, even errors and guesses, do turn out to be true.
Stay clear of most the reviews on this book so far because I accidentally skimmed over them and got some stuff ruined! Ugh! I promise I won’t spoil anything in my review!
I really like Armstrong’s style of writing, this is a fantastic debut. It’s fast paced, witty and thrilling!
The plot was so intriguing and entertaining, which is why I ...more
Lily decides to investigate the murder of her neighbour, an elderly woman she has met only once.
Lily is also a keen bird-watcher, and so uses her binoculars to spy on her neighbours, in order to find the guilty party.
This book is actually quite dark, I think, and I found the main character at times endearing, at others vulnerable. But I rooted for her all the ...more
Ross Armstrong's forthcoming debut novel, The Watcher, is a stylish and experimental challenge — one that will surely leave many a reader scratching his or her head when the story is done, but not without a faint sense of satisfaction . . . an inkling that something unique was just experienced.
Lily, the protagonist, lives in a new apartment building with her husband, Aiden. An avid bird watcher, she has taken to watching the people in the apartment building next to hers. ...more
When I first started reading this book, I seriously had no idea what to expect but I have to say the story took me completely by surprise.
The story starts off with a woman named Lily who lives with her husband Aiden in a new-build apartment. The community in which she lives is going through a process of gentrification. Lily, as an avid bird watcher, uses her hobby to spy on her neighbours' ...more
First off, I LOVE psychological thrillers. I love any type of book that messes with my mind and confuses me. Any book that keeps me guessing, keeps me on the edge of my seat and really has me use my brain. It doesn't matter whether it's a thriller that has elements of crime or a book such as Shutter Island for example (which really is more about the main character's mental state and what he's done rather than a crime that's ...more
Following on from the success of Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train, we're seeing an influx of psychological thrillers, coupled with unreliable narrators and shocking twists. I'm by no means complaining - I love a good thriller, especially one that takes me completely by surprise, as The Watcher did.
Lily has just moved into a block of new flats in North London. They're still knocking down some old flats across the ...more
This is an easy-to-read ...more
Married couple, Lily & Adam Gullick live in a new build flat across the road from an estate that's to be demolished. Lily is a keen birdwatcher but she can't help herself from spying on her neighbours. Then one day Lily spots something suspicious and then her elderly neighbour is found dead. Will Lily's interference go unnoticed as she unravel she the truth?
This is an enjoyable read. Worth taking a look at.
I would like to thank ...more
I struggled to get into the plot line, get a realistic feeling of the characters, which I think may be why I really didn't like or enjoy the book full stop so based on this I would normally say 1*.
I personally don't know how realistic the book is, but think that the issues dealt with were quietly and subtly introduced and handled in caring manner which gives it maybe a 3*.
From childhood Lily has been a keen birdwatcher, taught by her Dad to record and identify the different species she spots and living up here with a balcony overlooking a reservoir it’s the ideal pastime to while ...more
This tagline perfectly sums up this rather chilling thriller that i've just had the pleasure to read! Definitely a book full of twists and turns and quite a sinister undertone that leaves you guessing right up until the last few pages!
This is the story of Lily, and told from her point of view. Life is seemingly perfect for her and her husband, Aiden, as they live in London in their lovely new build flat. As in many parts of London, they ...more
This felt like something a little different, in terms of its writing style and interesting storyline. The story is told from the perspective of Lily, through her journal-style entries she's writing to someone - we're not sure who for most of the novel - and so we see her thoughts, feelings and actions in her own voice. This voice tells the story in quite an odd narrative style, using very short, often disjointed sentences, and though I know this is Lily's ...more
This is a psychological thriller with an unreliable narrator - the story is told from Lily's viewpoint. My main trouble with the book was that I never managed to relate to her. I also found the ...more
Although I wasn’t captivated immediately, I was most certainly intrigued – and occasionally confused (as I’m sure we’re meant to be) – as I wondered where Lily was leading us.
I should preface this by mentioning I ...more
She starts to obsess over the life of those in the flats opposite - people watching in the extreme - but before long she starts to see things she doesn't want to. And this is ...more
One morning, Lily wakes up to the news that a resident of one of the council estates in the area has been found dead at home. What better opportunity to put her nosiness to good use?
The Watcher is written in first person, and it feels like Lily is having a chat with the reader. She is sharp, funny, not always easy to ...more
Special thanks to HarperCollins NZ for sending me this book for review.
Lily has just moved into a new block of apartments in East London and equipped with her binoculars, she begins spying on her neighbours. It isn’t long before her imagination runs wild after witnessing a strange event and when a woman is found murdered, her mind goes into overdrive trying to connect the dots.
This is incredibly well written. From the very first sentence “I look in her direction” to the ominous ...more
There are more twists and turns and you wonder how Lily’s mind – and body – will ever survive. Can she ever really catch the killer before he gets her? ...more