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The Empty Nest
Sue Watson
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The Empty Nest

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  25 reviews
‘Sometimes we can’t see what’s right in front of us, Kat. Everyone has secrets, even the people we love, the people we live with…’

Kat remembers the days when her only daughter Amy wouldn't leave her side. Amy was the baby who cried when you walked out of the room, the toddler who was too shy to speak to strangers, the small child who clung to Kat's legs in the
Kindle Edition, 213 pages
Expected publication: November 1st 2019 by Bookouture
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Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Never under estimate a Mum’s love, especially when her only child has left home for Uni
And now she has gone Missing
The 3rd psychological thriller by Sue Watson is as I expected it to be, a full on, straight into it thriller, with a banging twist and a satisfying end!
To say Kat misses Amy when she leaves for Uni is an understatement and the emotions she has are laid bare for us to see/read, so when Amy doesn’t return her texts or calls for 24 hours SHE KNOWS something is wrong,
Erin Clemence
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, first-reads
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic version of this novel, received in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication date: November 1, 2019

Kat has always been very close with her daughter, Amy. They share secrets, and tell each other everything. When Amy goes away to college, Kat struggles with her absence, trying to come to terms with Amy’s new independence. When Amy doesn’t come home as promised, and Kat can’t reach her on the phone or through social m/>Kat
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Whew! A more annoying, insufferable woman I've never encountered in a book. She's a mom who refuses to let go even though she's choking the life out of not only the daughter who left the nest for college, but everyone else around her. To that daughter, who chose a school a hundred miles or so from home, I scream, "Run, child - run like the wind. Go to Canada. To Australia. To the ends of the earth." Anywhere to get away from this hysterical woman who takes what I call "smothering mothering" to a ...more
Linda Strong
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it


Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Kat is a woman I could really relate to. The concerns you have for your child is something that for me, grows as they get older. When they are toddlers you worry about the small things but as they get older and more dependent, there is so much more to worry about.

Having not had a child go to university, I could still feel the anxiety that Kat does in the story. To not have them close by if anything was to go wrong. As a parent you can only trust that they will look after themselves a
Tea Leaves and Reads
Well! This was just full of storylines that I didn’t see coming. I’ve seen reviews that describe this book as not being so much of a psychological thriller… well…..All I can say is, what’s not psychological about this?! It’s a slow-paced mystery – engaging – twisted – and full of secrets. There’s hope, then hope is whipped away – it’s one of those books where you can’t be certain that there will be a happy ending. And was there…?
Diane Merritt
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fantastic book, twists i didn't see coming.. what a great ending.. overall a great read, not unputdownable but a good solid 4.5 from me.

Thanks to net galley and the publisher for an early release of this book.
Katherine Martinez
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This has definitely RUINED my next book!
I've been in a reading/listening book slump for the past few months. I have what is well known to most bibliophiles as, 'Bibliomania!' I listen to/read at least 4 to 5 books a month; rarely am I ever so impressed with a story that it makes me dread looking for something new. Usually, I'm stoked to go on a "book-hunt!" I'm new to, NetGalley, and was so happy when I saw this Gem sitting on my shelf waiting for me! You know that giggly feeling you get a
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kat’s only child Amy went away to university almost two months ago and Kat still is not dealing well with her empty nest. She feels lost without her daughter and worries about her being on her own for the first time. Kat becomes frantic one weekend on which Amy planned to come home, but doesn’t show up, doesn’t call or text, and doesn’t post anything new on social media. Since Kat has overreacted in the past, nobody takes her concerns seriously. Eventually, her husband as well as the police thin ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kat and Amy have the best mother and daughter relationship but when Amy leaves for university Kat struggles with the loneliness. Her husband, Richard, thinks Kat is slightly over the top but knowing that Kat’s gutsy husband was awful to her and abandoned them he tolerates her obsession with Amy. One day Amy doesn’t come home and fingers are pointing at Richard as being involved.

Wow another fabulous read from Sue. Each of her books gets grittier and they are such a gripping read. Thank you to ne
Judy Odom
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kat's daughter leaves home for university

To say that Kat is over protective is an understatement. But as I was reading, I thought there has to be something in the past that makes Kat neurotic over Amy and where she is at all times.

The bigger your child, the bigger the problems.

The author draws you slowly in to the story as it is confirmed that Amy is indeed missing.

You keep asking yourself, but why, am I missing something? Kat is not a bad person, nor is Amy.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an engaging albeit slow paced psychological mystery.

The book tell the story of Kat and her daughter Amy. Amy has just begun uni and Kat is always worried about her and waiting impatiently for her daily phone calls. However, one day Amy didn't call and Kat's mother instincts tell her something is not right with her daughter.

At the beginning Kat's husband and her best friend try to calm her down but as the days go by and Amy doesn't call they seek the help of the po
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Kat, a devoted mother, is struggling with the departure of her only child, Amy, for university. She knows she has to let Amy go... at least to some extent. But when Amy fails to return for a planned visit home, and nobody apparently knows where she is, it seems all Kat’s worst fears are coming true. And of course, there are secrets in the past which she dreads coming to light.

The Empty Nest is an enjoyable enough read but it never really grabbed me to the point where I was desperate
Melissa Suslowicz Bartz
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG I am so happy I decided to read this book by this author. This was the first book I read by this author and I couldn’t get enough of her. I can’t say enough good things about this author and her book.

This book is about a daughter who goes off to Uni and a mother who can not let go of her precious daughter. Kat’s daughter went off to Uni and was supposed to come home one weekend but she can not get ahold of her and her daughter never made it home. Did something bad happen to her or is she ov
Jill Burgin
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of Sue Watson. The Empty Nest is more of a domestic noir than psychological thriller. Kat is the seemingly overly protective mother of Amy who has just gone off to university but expected home in a few days. She never makes it. Doesn’t let’s her mother know. Doesn’t makes any social media appearances. This is a deliberately claustrophobic novel told solely from Kat’s perspective and expect for a couple of outings takes place solely in Kat and Richards middle class suburban home. T ...more
Melissa Young
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
When your child goes off to live at college, you have to accept the fact that you will not know everything about their life and you may not be as close as you once were.
Kat is anxiously waiting for her daughter Amy’s arrival from school for the weekend. But when she doesn’t show up and the attempts at trying to reach her are futile, Kat believes there is something truly wrong though her family and friends think that maybe Amy has just gone off the grid for a few days. After a few days pass
Sally Tyrer
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I haven’t read any of this authors books before and this was the first one. I found this book difficult to read mainly because I couldn’t take to the main character Kat and didn’t really like her. Also felt the relationship between her and daughter Amy was a little unrealistic. At the start I felt the book was very slow, hard to get into, repetitive where Kat was either saying or thinking the same thing and it was told in many different ways. Wasn’t very keen on her friend and daughter either. I ...more
Iqra M.
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I started this book, I almost DNFed it because it was slow and the protagonist is excruciatingly annoying. Kat was so overbearing and tiresome. I understood why she was overprotective though - she just loves her daughter. Never underestimate a mother's love!
Although this psychological thriller was incredibly slow-paced, it exceeded my expectations nonetheless! I am happy to say that I read this in one sitting!
The plot and storyline were clever and well thought out. I loved every
Abigail T
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don’t have children because I’d be exactly like Kat! Her almost neurotic obsession with her child and trying to keep her safe. I’m bad enough with my dog!
Great read. It’s a slow burner and mainly set in the confines of the main characters home. Enough twists to keep you guessing and a nice little curve ball at the end.
What I really liked about this book is that the ending isn’t rushed and ties up every loose end that is left unlike many I have read recently.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Empty Nest is the latest psychological thriller by Sue Watson. Ms Watson manages to keep the reader guessing as to what happened....each time you think you know where the story is going something changes. I immediately bonded with Kat (the main character) and found this book very difficult to put down. I was given an early copy to review.
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you Bookouture and Net Galley for an early copy of this book. Hated the mom, very annoying. Had a terrific plot, many twists and turns, unfortunately the mom was unbearable but I’m glad I stuck with it to find out the ending.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the author, the publisher and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read an ARC of this book.. I really enjoyed it, there were a lot of things I didn't see coming and I certainly was not expecting the end. I would definitely recommend this book.
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Sue Watson was a journalist then TV Producer at the BBC until she wrote her first book and was hooked.

She's now written thirteen novels - many involving cake - and her books have been translated into Italian, German and Portuguese. Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where much of her day is spent procrastinating while eating cake (for
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