As a writer of crime fiction, I’m in awe of the plotting of Agatha Christie. The way she could give you a large number of potential suspects, each with a perfectly plausible reason to be the villain of the piece. And then, in the end, revealing it to be the person you’d never expected, yet whose actions and guilt made perfect sense, once you knew.
The reason I mention it is because Lisa Sell has done that same thing with The Watcher. She’s given us a collection of memorable characters, all of whom are perfectly capable of being the titular watcher, the person who sees everything, revels in stoking tension and hurts for the thrill of it. The plotting is crisp, the action unrelenting, the twists just keep coming.
It will take you until the last page to fully get to grips with what is going on, not that it will take you long to get there. This book holds your attention and does not let you go until you have devoured it.
This is my first read of a Lisa Sell book, it won’t be my last.
The Watcher is a psychological thriller that will keep you hooked from the first page until the last…
What the reviewers are saying about The Watcher:
★★★★★ “If you’re looking for something to keep you gripped, try this.
★★★★★ “I have never read a book by this author but I will definitely read more.
★★★★★ “Such an intense, chilling and spooky novel.
★★★★★ “The plotline is superb and the characters are brilliant and really help carry the story forward.“
★★★★★ “It had me captivated until the end. An easy, fast-paced read!”
Harmony House has a voyeur. Someone with hidden cameras throughout the building. The residents are unaware they’re being watched, especially the ones up to no good.
I spy with my little eye, someone is going to die…
A roller-coaster ride.
Harmony House is a block of seaside flats with its fair share of interesting inhabitants. It’s where Sophie goes to get away, from events in her life and to help out with a bit of light flat-sitting. But she gets a lot more than she expected, the name Harmony House is a bit of a spoiler that her time there is not going to be harmonious.
As she meets the other residents and gets sucked into their lives, the atmosphere gets decidedly tense, everyone seems to have secrets and issues. One of them is the Watcher, they have a sinister agenda.
There are shocks at every turn, as the truth of what goes on in Harmony House is revealed, with enough twists and red herrings to keep the most avid sleuth on their toes. Just about everyone Sophie meets could be the person responsible for so much, the person who now has Sophie in their sights for an untimely demise.
All the characters are believable (even the seagull) and their motivations, while ambiguous, are enough to ratchet up the tension as you wait to see what they will do next. Will they be the Watcher, or another of their victims?
The last few pages race by, the ending will stay with you.
The best advice I can give you is to get hold of the book. Make sure that you leave a weekend (or other substantial time period) free to savour this gem.
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