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The Watcher

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It’s 1949 when Netta’s father Max is released from a Siberian POW camp and returns to his home in occupied Germany. But he is not the man the little girl is expecting – the brave, handsome doctor her mother Erika told her stories of. Erika too struggles to reconcile this withdrawn, volatile figure with the husband she knew and loved before, and, as she strives to break ...more
Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Clink Street Publishing
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Zoe
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tragic, mysterious, and heartbreaking!

The Watcher is a moving tale that picks up where “Fifteen Words” left off, taking us back into the Portner household where the physical and psychological horrors of war still resonate, and the process of survival and healing remains a daily struggle.

The prose is somber and descriptive. The characters are wounded, secretive, and raw. And the plot is a poignant ride about life, loss, family dynamics, PTSD, suspicion, desperation, deception, jealousy, grief,
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Susan Hampson
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This is a story about the after effects of WW2 on a family living in occupied Germany in 1949. I had to keep reminding myself that the story was about a German family because what it does do is make you realise that we are all people, not two different sides. Just ordinary people who were expected to fight for their country. The devastating physical and emotional damage on these men and woman was the same no matter which side they fought on.
This story tells of the struggles of a family coming
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Yvonne
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has several stories running together. There is that of Max, a prisoner of war in a the Siberian concentration camp of Gegesha, his experiences whilst there an also how he deals with being back home. Then there is the story of Netta and her childhood and also of Erika as she deals with the day-to-day living with a man who has been through an extreme and traumatic event. Then how these three very different people have to deal with change and how they have changed in themselves.

So Max is
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Abby Slater- Fairbrother
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a huge ww2 fiction fan! When I read the synopsis of this novel, I was immediately intrigued. I found the theme of a soldier overcoming the horror he has witnessed, fascinating. I also like the unique theme of the protagonist being a German POW, held by the Russians. A theme slightly neglected, in my opinion. This novel does debate the theory of the German guilt, post-ww2. Either by German civilians or soldiers themselves. It is very cleverly constructed so that you see the topic from ...more
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A father who suffered as a POW, a mother who looked for love when it was needed, and a child who is sickly. This is a story about a family on the brink of breaking apart.

This book was very heart-wrenching. War is never pretty and this book shows this first hand. It's hard not only for the soldier but for the family that awaits back home. The war is over and building a future is hard when Max returns from war. He has PTSD, a wife keeping secrets, and a sick little girl. Erika is desperate to
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David Baird
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

If you haven’t already I highly recommend you read the authors previous novel Fifteen Words. The Watcher follows directly on and it would give you some background to the characters.

Fifteen Words was the story about Max being held prisoner, The Watcher is a story about how life and Max himself have changed since his release.

Max is a torn man, he’s struggling to come to terms with what happened to him when he was a prisoner and this
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Karen Cole
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't realise before starting The Watcher that it's the sequel to Monika Jephcott Thomas' previous book, Fifteen Words. Although having a more detailed knowledge of what Max suffered in the POW camp would have added an extra layer of understanding to the story, I still enjoyed this book as a standalone novel.
Set in postwar Germany, this is a country under Allied Occupation and having to tentatively discover its place in the world. Its citizens have to come to terms with not only their own
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Elite Group
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After a war do you ever really belong again?

Max has returned home to Germany after spending 4 years in a Russian prison, where he lost one of his very dear friends and saw things nobody should see. He had thought everything would be the same as before the war, but his friends and family have moved on and are unable to understand what he went through while he was away. Max is an outsider in his own home and marriage.

I had no idea what this book was about as there was no blurb, so the whole story
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Sandra Olshaski
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a sequel to the haunting tale told in Fifteen Words published in 2016. We pick up the story of Max, Erica and 6-year-old Netta as they try to live a normal life in post-war Germany. Max and Erica resume their jobs as doctors in a small town. Erica is getting used to living, talking and sharing a bed with her husband again, while Max tries valiantly to re-integrate into a family life that is at best dysfunctional. He has flashbacks to the past and is haunted by his 4 years in a Siberian ...more
Cara Ross
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Watcher is the story of a young German family, set just after the second world war, in an allied controlled area of Germany, where the father Max, is suffering from PTSD, after managing to survive 4 years in a Russian Concentration Camp; the mother Erika, is trying to get past a indiscretion, raise her daughter, be a doctor, and take care of her in-laws at the same time. And then there is Netta, their daughter, who is struggling to know her father, deal with the changes to the family. But ...more
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
This book is so touching and heart-breaking in parts. It’s the aftermath of coming back from war, it doesn’t just affect that one person it affects the whole family.

My heart went out for little Netta and what she had seen, been through and witnessed. Poor girl, I loved her character. Max is struggling coming back from the war… His wife Erika has her own battles to fight while being there for Max and Netta.

I loved this story, I felt a whole range of emotions throughout reading this story. It is
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