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The Empty Nest

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,736 ratings  ·  183 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 school playg
Kindle Edition, 213 pages
Published November 1st 2019 by Bookouture (first published October 29th 2019)
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Later that night when I can't sleep, I come downstairs and make a cup of Amy's peppermint tea. It's 4a.m. and it's dark outside, and as I wait for the kettle to boil I stand close to the frost framed window, it looks so dark out there. I hope Amy's okay, hope she isn't cold. I'm beginning to hate it here, the wallpaper, the waiting, the landline ringing urgently during the day, people calling to ask if we've heard anything, the kettle boiling endlessly, steam and fear thrumming through ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 should be famil
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another excellent psychological thriller by author Sue Watson. I read my first Sue Watson novel earlier this month and enjoyed it so much I instantly purchased all her other books. Since then I have been addicted to her writing and really enjoy the characters she invents. Each book has been of a consistently high standard and left me frantically turning the pages wanting to know what happens next. I initially thought this one was going to be the weakest of the books I have read so far but still ...more
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, everyone else thin
Louise Wilson
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Natalia  R
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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

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. Kat is beside herself with worry.

Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Kat and her 18-year-old daughter, Amy , share a very close relationship . When Amy starts college a few hours away from home Kat misses her terribly but they are in constant touch with one another. When Amy does not arrive home for the long weekend and Kat’s phone calls or texts go unanswered she just knows something is wrong, but no one takes her seriously. After a few days pass with still no word from Amy, the cops are involved and the search for Amy begins .With a long list of suspects the po ...more
T.J. Fox
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 even between husband and wife.

Nov 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
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.
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
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 and be okay.
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 as you
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Sherri Thacker
This book grabbed me from page 1 and I wanted to keep reading till I got to the end. Kat is a very over protective mother and hasn’t heard from her daughter in a day. She’s so worried something has happened and she’s right! The twist at the ending got me!!! Wow!
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
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 missing.
Sophie Whitbread
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
‘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
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 surprise. The writing sho
I don't think this book deserved 1 star, there should be minus star here since this book was a complete fail and totally nonsense.

I get it. I completely understand how mad when a woman lost his daughter, or in this case, thought her daughter - Amy - was missing and no one believed her. Because this woman, Kat, was obsessed over her daughter, I really want to emphasize the word "obsessed" here, everyone else (including her second husband Richard and her best friend Zoe) convinced that it was jus
Joyce Stewart Reviews
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Empty Nest
by Sue Watson
290 pages
Publication date: November 1, 2019
Publisher: Bookouture
My Review:
None of the characters were likeable at all and I failed to connect with any of them. Kat is a mother who is extremely obsessed with her daughter. Kat was extremely annoying and boy do I mean annoying. The book is wrote from Kats point of view and it's page after page after page of Kat whining and moaning and groaning because her daughter has gone to college. This woman is seriously obsessed
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 with her daughter made me
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…?
Melissa Borsey
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good, addictive read that is very suspenseful with quite a few decent twists to keep the story intersting. I enjoyed this story from beginning to end. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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
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.
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…?
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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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