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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 school playground. But now Amy is grown up, and Amy is gone – to university in a town several hours away. Kat's house – which once felt too fu ...more
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Published November 1st 2019 by Bookouture
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Berit☀️✨
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tour, 2019, arc
Sue Watson! WOW! What a clever, addictive, dark, and twisted thriller! Kat is a helicopter mom trying to figure out her new reality after her only daughter Amy leaves for university. When she doesn’t hear from Amy the night that she is supposed to return home and then the following day, Kat is convinced that something is wrong. But her husband, her best friend, and everyone else seems to think Amy is just blowing off some steam and that Kat is once again overreacting. Mothers intuition is seldo ...more
Carrie
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Empty Nest by Sue Watson is one of those books on my shelf that I had really high expectations for from having read this author’s work before so imagine my excitement when it lived up to my own hype. Described as “A gripping and suspenseful psychological thriller with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster and an ending that will blow readers’ minds.” is quite a lot to live up to too and when finished I wouldn’t complain at all about that tagline either.

Of course everyone sho
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Mark
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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,
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Louise Wilson
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kat is an overprotective mother. When her daughter, Amy goes off to university, Kat misses her terribly. They are in constant contact. Amy was due to visit home at the weekend, but she never showed up. Kat tries to contact her ut theres no reply from her phone or social media. Kat k owns something is wrong but no one will take her seriously. Even her husband thinks that Amy will turn up. Bit when a few days pass with still no word from Amy, they contact the police. Will Amy be found safe and sou ...more
Natalia  Ramlal
Kat and her eighteen-year-old daughter Amy are the best of friends. They share secrets and tell each other everything. When Amy goes away to college, Kat is devastated and is finding it very hard to cope with her absence. The only thing keeping her from falling apart is Amy's promise to come home for the weekend. But she never shows up. She's not answering her phone, and no one has heard from her. Everyone is convinced that Amy is just taking advantage of her new freedom and is off somewhere enj ...more
Linda Strong
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 STARS

Amy is 18-years-old and off to University. Kat, Amy's mother, is living in memories of when Amy was a child and never left mom's side. Kat always says that she and Amy are not only close-knit, but they are best friends.

Amy's been gone a few weeks and she and Kat have spoken on the phone every single day without fail. That is, until now.

It's been 2 days and Amy has not called .. has not answered her phone ... has not sent or received any text messages.
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Erin Clemence
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
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
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Monnie
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kat Dietrich

The Empty Nest by Sue Watson is a psychological thriller.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 
My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)

Kat Ellis is a worried mother.  Her 18-year old daughter did not come home from university on the weekend as planned.  It is Sunday, and Kat hasn't heard from Amy since yesterday.    She/>My/>First,
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Katherine Martinez
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
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Sarah
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Denise
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
"It's the not knowing."

Kat and her 18-year-old daughter, Amy, are very close. They're not just mother and only child, they're also best friends. They tell each other everything and Amy knows how her mother worries about her. So, when Amy moves to Wales for university, Kat is bereft and missing her Amy. This empty nest syndrome has got her bad. But, they talk and text everyday which helps to keep some of the terrible loneliness at bay. And, best of all, Amy is coming home in the upcoming weekend
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Jeanniehay64
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story centred around Kat and her daughter Amy who has just started university. Amy has always had a very close relationship with her mother and when she doesn’t show up on a planned weekend home Kat is frantic . Amy doesn’t answer her phone ,hasn’t text or been active on her social media which leaves Kat imaging the worst. Everyone around Kat feels she is overreacting but eventually they too begin to become concerned when no one can contact Amy.

The empty nest is an addictive page turner. A
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Shalini
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Quite a twisted mind was shown when the author Sue Watson plotted this book. It took an ink so dark to draft a tale where everything was warped to fit the needs of a damaged psyche.

Kat was the helicopter worried mom whose daughter Amy had left for uni. But she didn’t come home when she promised, and the mother’s instincts went overdrive with worry. But were all of them just worries or did a mother’s love know something? Was Amy alive and well?

Woah!! This book took me by s
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Melissa
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I'm at the empty nesting stage of life, so I really could identify with Kat and her anxiety about Amy being away at college. I get it, I do. and the premise of this book is fascinating--daughter who communicates daily with mother ghosts her and seemingly disappears off the face of the earth. The delivery is just soooo sloooow.
The first HALF of the book is all about Kat fretting about Amy, trying to get people to believe her that Amy is mis
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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…?
T.J. Fox
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Overall: 2/5 Stars
Characters: 2.5/5 Stars
Believability: 2/5 Stars
Personal Opinion: 2/5 Stars

I really wasn’t a fan of this one. You spend the bulk of the book inside Kat’s head with very little actually going on. The emotions she expresses go from one extreme to another, from one sentence to the next, enough to give the reader whiplash. This is basically a story about extremely unhealthy relationships, relationships between mother and daughter, between friends, and e
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Dawn
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE EMPTY NEST by Sue Watson in exchange for my honest review.***

Kat helicopter momming caused her daughter Amy to attend university two hours away. When Amy doesn’t come home for a weekend, Kat is certain foul play is the reason. Through a series of revelations secrets will be revealed and everybody is suspect.

I hated every single character in THE EMPTY NEST, most of all narrator Kat whose over-enmeshment wi
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Diane Merritt
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Christine
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
The Empty Nest by Sue Watson is a recommended psychological thriller.

Kat is very close to her only child, Amy, so when Amy leaves for a university hours away, Kat struggles and lives daily for any contact Amy has with her. When Amy doesn't arrive home for the long weekend as she had said she would, Kat panics and is sure something is wrong, especially when Amy doesn't contact her and doesn't reply to calls or texts. Her friend Zoe tries to support her, as does her husband, Richard, b
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Jenea
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kat and her daughter Amy were thick as thieves when Amy was growing up. They told each other everything and did everything together. That is until Amy moved away for college. She chose a school that was a few hours away, so there was no dropping in by Kat. So, of course Kat is devastated by the “loss” of time with her daughter. What keeps her going is the texts and calls she gets from Amy about school and the new people she has met. Everything seems to be going alright until Amy doesn’t come hom ...more
Bespectacled Petal
I got a free advance reader’s copy in exchange for my honest review.

Parenting is tough. Any parent knows that we’re basically just winging it, learning as we go along. Some parents end up becoming helicopter parents, hovering over every single move their child makes, much to their chagrin. So we’re often left unsurprised when the child runs away as far and as quickly as possible to escape. Honestly when I started reading this book, that is actually what I thought happened. What actua
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Hanlie
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gripping suspense thriller that keeps you guessing till the end!

This was the first book I've read of Sue Watson and it will definitely not be the last! I find the writing style very easy and the storyline gripping from the beginning.

"A heavy blanket of silence folding around me, a slow ache of loss in the pit of my stomach."

Kat's daughter has gone off to university in Aberystwyth instead of a nearby university, and she is struggling with not having her close. Amy has b
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Melissa Suslowicz Bartz
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
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Sophie Whitbread
‘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…’

Well, that was genuinly the most annoying character I've ever come across in a book! Dont get me wrong, I completely understand and relate to concerns she was having when a child leaves home for the first time, but she drove me mad...and I kinda understood why there was a chance Amy would maybe have run away!

I guessed most of the twists coming before they happened. Es
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Judy Odom
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Tea Leaves and Reads
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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…?
Helen
Nov 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I am really struggling to find something positive about this book. I found it claustrophobic, cloying, implausible and crammed full of nasty people. Kudos to the author for publishing a book. I had hoped to like it, but I am afraid I didn’t from the outset. The narrator is presented as unreliable from the get go. That was probably intentional but I finished reading the book (why?) feeling quite grubby. Perhaps that’s powerful writing in itself.
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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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