Good evening lovelies!
Tonight I’m bringing you my review of The Watcher by Ross Armstrong.
Here’s the blurb . . .
HQ (29 Dec. 2016)
She’s watching you, but who’s watching her?
Lily Gullick lives with her husband Aiden in a new-build flat opposite an estate which has been marked for demolition. A keen birdwatcher, she can’t help spying on her neighbours.
Until one day Lily sees something suspicious through her binoculars and soon her elderly neighbour Jean is found dead. Lily, intrigued by the social divide in her local area as it becomes increasingly gentrified, knows that she has to act. But her interference is not going unnoticed, and as she starts to get close to the truth, her own life comes under threat.
But can Lily really trust everything she sees?
My thoughts . . .
Well, what a debut actor turned author Ross Armstrong has brought us!
The Watcher sees Lily, an avid bird watcher turn her binoculars to the people living in the high rise flats opposite her new build apartment, with deadly consequences.
This is one of those frustratingly hard books to discuss as I don’t want to give anything away.
I loved Ross’s writing style. He got into the head of Lily brilliantly and although she is an unreliable character, I found myself really drawn to her. She is absolutely convinced that something sinister is going on and isn’t going to let this notion go without putting up a fight and this is where I found myself mentally shouting at her! She makes some decisions that are downright stupid and I was so exasperated with her at times.
This does however help to create a fantastically creepy and thrilling atmosphere that you can’t help but get totally absorbed in and Ross’s ability to build up such a strong sense of dread, fear, suspense and confusion is just great!
All in all a brilliant debut novel and a writer that I would highly recommend you keep an eye out for this year!! I for one cannot wait to see what else he has in store for us.
Many thanks to HQ Stories for my review copy, you can get yours now over at Amazon UK ~ I strongly recommend that you do!!
About the author . . .
Ross Armstrong is a British stage and screen actor who has performed in the West End of London, on Broadway and in theatres throughout the UK. Among others, he has acted opposite Jude Law (Hamlet), Joseph Fiennes (Cyrano de Bergerac), Kim Cattrall (Antony and Cleopatra) and Maxine Peake (The Deep Blue Sea). His TV appearances include Foyle’s War, Jonathan Creek, Mr Selfridge, DCI Banks and most recently, Ripper Street.
After gaining a BA in English Literature and Theatre at Warwick University, Ross joined the National Youth Theatre where his contemporaries included Matt Smith and Rafe Spall. A three year course at RADA followed and whilst there he won the RADA Poetry Writing Award. The idea for his debut novel The Watcher came to him when he moved into a new apartment block and discovered whilst looking at the moon through binoculars that he could see into his neighbours’ homes. Thankfully for them, he put down his binoculars and picked up his pen.
He is an avid cricket fan and regular contributor to All Out Cricket magazine. He also has a monthly column in You and Your Wedding magazine as he prepares for his own wedding in 2017.