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3.46  ·  Rating details ·  268 ratings  ·  76 reviews

What is one neighbor hiding? What does the other one see? In this blindsiding thriller of paranoia, obsession, and love gone wrong, neither one will be prepared for the answer. And neither will you…

Escaping her broken marriage, successful author Elena settles into a hastily arranged sublet. Shattered, on the verge of coming unhinged, she’s unable to sleep, write, or ev

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Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by AmazonCrossing
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Michelle
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Elena is an author that has recently separated from her husband. She has moved into a new place but lacks any motivation to unpack much less write anything. Her appetite is non-existent and her days and nights begin blending together as she struggles with insomnia.

One morning as she sits at her kitchen table she notices her neighbors across the way going about their business. She becomes obsessed with watching this family while also striking up a friendship with their 14 year old son.

She final
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Elena moved in to a townhome temporarily while on a bit of a hiatus from her marriage. During this trial separation, she will allow herself no contact with her husband – instead focusing on herself and her career . . . which sadly is kind of non-existent. Living on residuals from her one hit novel, Elena passes the time proofreading other’s writing, having Friday night dinner with her sister and sitting at the kitchen window . . . . .

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Linda Strong
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Elena is an author. Recently separated from her husband, she's finding it hard to concentrate on anything, let alone her writing. She's renting a house and has basically buried herself there. She's unable to eat, sleep, she hasn't even unpacked her things. Day by day, night by night, she worsens as she becomes mentally unbalanced.

But she has something new to pay attention to. She watches her neighbors at night behind her blinds. She witnesses a marriage on the rocks, the anger of the wo
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Julie Parks
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
A Swedish version of RARE WINDOW, or THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW with the protagonist who's a writer this time.

It's certainly more melancholic. Scenes on your own E-reader blur at times when it gets harder and harder to tell what the protagonist actually sees and what she imagines to be her fictitious story.
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Bedelia
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Watcher by Caroline Eriksson is a quick and captivating read!

Unreliable narrator alert! Love them! Elena is an author that is newly separated from her husband and is now living on her own in a new neighborhood. She finds herself intrigued by her neighbors across the street, the Storm family. As she watches them she becomes more and more curious as to what is going on behind closed doors. Adding to her already suspicious thoughts is the Storm's son, Leo, who wants to be a writer and has befri
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Elizabeth
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don’t know what to think of this book yet. I loved it, yet I’m not sure I understood it. But I’ll be thinking about it and write a review in the next couple days.

Well, after going over and over it in my head, I'm not sure that I completely comprehend everything I read. But I read enough to know that it is a keeper! I think I could read it again in 6 months or a year and gain additional insight. That's saying a lot for me. I very seldom want to reread books of any kind.

First of all, the story
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Kirsty
This sounded intriguing, but did not work for me on quite a few levels. The narrative voices, supposed to be told from the perspectives of different characters, are so similar that it is hard to differentiate between them. The Scandinavian element is all but lost, and I found the writing quite dull. The Watcher did not grip me at all.
Bandit
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shrug...there's something that probably should never be used to describe a thriller. And yet…Nothing’s wrong with it technically. It’s by the numbers suspense with female author and female protagonist, Scandinavian too, which comes across in no way at all, sadly, this book just refused to stand out and even the slight narrative trickery the author employed didn’t quite do it. Essentially there are a few perspectives at play and the trick is in how they are to be arranged, a puzzle of sorts. The ...more
Cassie’s Reviews
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
First I want to thank netgalley and the author for an advanced copy of this book for my kindle! I really enjoyed this book this was definitely a psychological thriller. The book started out introducing you to Elena an author who has hit a rough patch in her marriage and decided she needs a three month break so she moves into her sisters friends home and house sits while the friend is away. While she’s there she decides to watch her neighbors house and soon gets involved in there everyday problem ...more
Lady Alexandrine
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers
The main character Elena is going through a rough time. She has just separated from her beloved husband and is living on her own for the first time in years. She feels lost and depressed. She has nothing to do, so she starts watching her neighbours through the window and gradually she becomes more and more obsessed with their lives. She wants to help them, but her obsession is clearly unhealthy. Through most of the book it is hard to be sure if she is right to be worried about her neighbours’ we ...more
Cassie’s Reviews
First I want to thank netgalley and the author for an advanced copy of this book for my kindle! I really enjoyed this book this was definitely a psychological thriller. The book started out introducing you to Elena an author who has hit a rough patch in her marriage and decided she needs a three month break so she moves into her sisters friends home and house sits while the friend is away. While she’s there she decides to watch her neighbors house and soon gets involved in there everyday problem ...more
Laura
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I started reading the story I noticed that I had a difficult time keeping focused. However, as I got passed th first 10 chapters it starts becoming more clear at to what the authors imagination was bringing together. Elena is a married woman who moves out of the marital home to start a life away from her husband. She is an author who has written books but is finding it hard to write. She sees her neighbors and become intrigued by them. I do not want to give away too much of the story but I mu ...more
Ken Fredette
This was a hard book to get through because Caroline used each character to give an impression that what was happening really did happen. After saying that I feel like I am spoiling the story for you to read. As you read Elena is an author that is watching her neighbors through her window making assumptions about them. They have a 14 year old boy, Leo, that also wants to be an author. His problems become Elena's, because he comes home from school without shoe's, or his door key. She need to writ ...more
George1st
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was after reading about three quarters of this book that I finally realised the central plot twist that was at the heart of it. That it took so long was either the result of deficiencies in my powers of deduction or alternatively the writing skills of the author, probably a bit of both. Anyway to concisely summarise without importantly giving too much away, the plot is as follows. The central character Elena who's first person narration we primarily rely on has moved into rented accommodation ...more
Filipa Batista
This is a copy provided by the publisher and the author in exchange of an honest review. Thank you to them!

This was a book full of surprises!

What captivated me in this book was the plot itself, how Elena would deal with the paranoia of observing her neighbors and what she would develop going forward in history. But when I started reading it I thought the story was a bit boring and very repetitive, making Elena a very fickle character with a little atypical actions of her personality, in a reall
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Anne
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I'm a huge fan of flawed characters and unreliable narrators, perhaps I've just read too many of them in a row because this one was a little too confusing. It's clear from the beginning that Elena is somehow unhinged because of her recent separation from her husband; her sister worries about her constantly and Elena is often unfocused and vague about what she's doing. But she becomes increasingly interested in her neighbors as she can see in their window (think Rear Window meets The Wom ...more
Mandy
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This engaging and entertaining psychological thriller is the story of Elena, trying to come to terms with a trial separation from her husband. A writer by profession, she sits alone in her rented house, watching the family who live opposite and gradually becoming obsessed by what seems to be going on between them. Elena is an unreliable narrator but this reader at least took a while to realise that. Gradually it becomes clear that all may not be as it at first appears. Constantly wrong-footed, i ...more
Thebooktrail
A slow read for a Swedish psychological thriller! It all takes place in the lead character’s mind so it’s very claustrophobic and unsettlingas you never know what really is going on.

The book sets the scene well with the isolation, the house, the boredom and the imagination of a writer looking for her next plot. There’s a little bit of nosiness in all of us I think so to have someone watch the house next door makes sense.

The novel takes off as it were, when the woman starts to discover more and t
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Jacky Montgomery
Author Elena has broken up with her husband and is living alone. All she has to think about is how sad and lonely she is and how she can’t sleep. She tries to fill her time, mostly with re-arranging books and spying on the neighbours.
She becomes friendly with the neighbour’s son after he loses his door key and between them their imaginations run wild. This is helpful for her writing as it gives her content for her next novel.
As the end of the books looms you realise that what you thought you kne
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Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies
2.5 i guess. it was intriguing in the beginning. But boring and unbelievable - in that eye rolling are you kidding me people just don't say those things and that just doesn't happen, not even in fiction. You have to be given a situation that is believable to make a story good.
Also it was so much like The Woman in the Window it's like the two authors had won a story idea in a contest and ran with it.
the latter book was much better.
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Jacky Montgomery
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Author Elena has broken up with her husband and is living alone. All she has to think about is how sad and lonely she is and how she can’t sleep. She tries to fill her time, mostly with re-arranging books and spying on the neighbours.
She becomes friendly with the neighbour’s son after he loses his door key and between them their imaginations run wild. This is helpful for her writing as it gives her content for her next novel.
As the end of the books looms you realise that what you thought you kne
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Calista Andrechek
Elena is a writer who is newly separated from her husband and is having a hard time focusing on anything or remembering to take care of herself. She’s renting a house and has become a shut-in, not even unpacking and becoming more and more unbalanced. Elena soon finds herself watching the neighbors across the street and finding out all their dirty secrets. She becomes a stalker of the family and follows them throughout their daily activities and befriends their only son. All this inspires her to ...more
Judy
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
The main character, Elena, is an author and editor. Pretty quickly the reader realizes that she is not a reliable narrator, but this just keeps you guessing. The lines between what's happening, what Elena thinks is happening, and what happened in the past are blurred. I didn't figure it out until almost the end, so I really enjoyed the book. ...more
Jenna
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
"There are certain common themes in all stories, just as in all human life..."

This book grabbed me and wouldn't let me go. At first it was just the fact that Elena felt so real to me: her mental turmoil, her day-to-day ennui, her relationship with her sister whose love for her sometime gets a little too pushy, her need to keep occupied with things that don't matter to avoid thinking about the things that do. But from the moment her sister asked, "...are you really going to leave him for somethin
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Lori L (She Treads Softly)
The Watcher by Caroline Eriksson is a recommended "Rear Window"-esque Scandinavian thriller translated into English by Tara F. Chace.

Elena has left her husband Peter during a trial separation and has moved into a subleased townhouse. She's obviously distraught, unsettled, and unable to sleep or unpack. Her sister is trying to help her with regular Friday night dinners and checking up on her. Elena, an author, spends sleepless nights rearranging books in the bookcase. She is also watching her nei
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Kathy
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Let me preface this review by saying The Watcher is a very hard book to review without giving away some spoilers, but I am determined to not ruin this very good read for anyone, so if it seems a bit nebulous it was done on purpose.

Elena is attempting to come to terms with her recent separation from her husband. Temporarily renting an apartment from a friend of her sister's, her days are filled with depression and her nights with insomnia. An author who has hit a dry spell, she tries to distract
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Diane
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
The Watcher by author Caroline Eriksson is a mystery about Elana who is a writer, but since her last published book, she is going through a block. She needs to write but just has not found the inspiration to start a new project. She freelances for a publisher as an editor for new manuscripts. It does not help that she is recently separated from her husband, Peter. Elana has been living in a townhouse close to her sister as she drifts through sleepless nights and no appetite for food. She seems t ...more
Ashley Gillan
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a little different, so I want to try to do this without any spoilers.

Elena, a mildly successful author, is in a funk since her marriage fell apart. Now, she’s subletting a place and trying to see if she can figure out to move on. Then she starts to notice the family across the way from her and their strange behavior. It is slightly disturbing, but it gets Elena writing again. As she gets more invested in their lives, she begins to wonder if things are going to turn dangerous - and w
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Diana
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I decided to read The Watcher by Caroline Eriksson because it reminded me a bit of The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn. Once I got the book, I started second guessing my decision because of the same reason why I picked the book. What if it ends up being too similar to The Woman in the Window? In the end, there were similarities but this was still unique in its own way.

Elena is house-sitting. She is a struggling author, who can’t seem to come up with any ideas for her next book. However, Elena
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Sara
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
A disturbed woman -- separated from her husband, previous anorexia, difficulty communicating with her sister, an author not writing, insomniac & not eating properly -- gets fixated on the family across the street. When the son introduces himself, her fascination spirals out of control and she fixates on these neighbors' drama to the point where she starts following them. The only good thing is that she is inspired to start writing once again, and shuts herself off in a frenzy of composition.

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Caroline Eriksson holds a master’s degree in social psychology and worked for more than ten years in human-resource management before deciding to pursue writing, her childhood dream. Her first two novels are based on historical Swedish murder cases, and her debut, The Devil Helped Me, was nominated for Stora Ljudbokspriset (the Big Audiobook Prize) in 2014.

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