Book Title: Watching Edie
Author: Camilla Way
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Contemporary Fiction
Date Read: 08/06/16
Pub Date: 08/02/16
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…
This book turned out to be COMPLETELY different than I expected, which wasn’t a bad thing. Once you’ve read enough psychological suspense/thrillers, you eventually need something to spice your TBR list up and keep you on your toes. This is a tricky book to review without giving anything away, so I’m going to try and keep it as brief and vague as possible. I’d go as far as saying your experience might be heightened if you avoid reviews altogether until finishing it for yourself.
This is going to sound weird and might not make sense, but I guessed the big twist that occurs at the end very early on in the book. It’s not obvious in any way, but for some reason I questioned one aspect and turns out that is what led me to the reveal. That said, I still felt like I got the whopping punch delivered because I didn’t expect this to be that type of book before I began reading it. I know this whole review is confusing, and I apologize for it, but I’m grateful I was still able to feel some of that shock value while having figured out the finale. If a book can still be considered a fantastic read without having to depend on a “Gone Girl-esque Twist”, that means it was a worthy read in my ranks.
There were a few sections that felt to drag on a bit, even though the book was under 300 pages. I think if a few of these sections had been cut (maybe 30 or so pages), this would have been a 5 STAR read for me. This read is a slow build; even though I was hooked from the prologue, the author takes her time to get us where she wants us before dropping the bomb shell. This was a compulsive read for me; I finished most of the story in one sitting. I’d highly recommend this one to people who are sick of all the Gone Girl comparisons, who are sick of the word “Girl” in every book title, and who enjoy a good read that can stand on it’s own. I’m very excited to see what Camilla Way comes out with next and will be keeping my eyes peeled until then!
* I received my copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks Berkley; you always know which books I’ll love! ❤