- Title: Watching Edie
- Author: Camilla Way
- Publisher: HarperCollins UK
- Release Date: July 28th 2016
- Pages: 288
Beautiful, creative, a little wild… Edie was the kind of girl who immediately caused a stir when she walked into your life. And she had dreams back then—but it didn’t take long for her to learn that things don’t always turn out the way you want them to.
Now, at thirty-three, Edie is working as a waitress, pregnant and alone. And when she becomes overwhelmed by the needs of her new baby and sinks into a bleak despair, she thinks that there’s no one to turn to…
But someone’s been watching Edie, waiting for the chance to prove once again what a perfect friend she can be. It’s no coincidence that Heather shows up on Edie’s doorstep, just when Edie needs her the most. So much has passed between them—so much envy, longing, and betrayal. And Edie’s about to learn a new lesson: those who have hurt us deeply—or who we have hurt—never let us go, not entirely…
Reading Thriller is very unusual of me, I must say. But after experiencing this psychological twist to it, I am already looking forward to my next read!
Watching Edie is a story of two young, teenage girls, Heather and Edie, who became the best of friends after Edie’s family moved to the neighbourhood. Edie comes from a broken family and is every bit of the “bad girl” she portrays herself to be and Heather on the other hand, comes from a good yet troubled family, constantly fussing over her grades yet holding onto a long past ordeal. Having a friend who was extremely carefree like Edie made Heather feel alive, and to an extent, delusional, as she tries to always keep Edie happy no matter the cost. As events unfold we could slowly see how emotions soon took the front seat in all their actions and decisions – causing them to grow closer or driving them apart.
“She marches me down the hallway, her fingers digging into my arm before opening the door and shoving me out into the street, slamming the door behind me.”
The introduction of new characters created more complexity to their relationship and soon, conversations became more intense and the story line brings you towards various tangents, gripping your attention throughout the book.
“All I wanted was to be close to Edie. To love her. Look after her. Then she ran from me. But now I’ve found her. And this time I won’t let her go.”
If you’re in search for a Thriller with a powerful message and descriptive writing, I would definitely recommend Watching Edie. The writing was very easy to follow and could keep you glued for hours.
I loved the concept of the book. The chapters alternate between two points of view; Heather’s in the past and Edie’s in the present. It was really interesting to dive into the thoughts and emotions of each of them from different time periods and as you progress, you will soon be drawn to their individual struggles as well as collective challenges.
A minor downside for me would be the lack of connection I had with the two main characters, Edie and Heather, but I did like that they were very multi-dimensional. I did however, love the supporting character, Monica, who played a big role in unraveling the mystery between the two friends. This brought an elegant close to the story, leaving you with many thoughts to feed your mind.
Dysfunctional, audacious and the cold, raw truth – prepare to learn a disturbing secret from their past which will change the way you look at the characters – forever.
“And what if you don’t make her stop? The thought hisses through my garbled thoughts as I quicken my pace. What if she keeps on and on? What if she attacks you?”
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Thank you HarperCollins International for sending me a review copy in exchange for my honest review! Watching Edie is officially released today.