There are some friends you'll never forget...no matter how hard you try.
Before: Edie is the friend that Heather has always craved. But one night it goes terrifyingly wrong. And what started as an innocent friendship ends in two lives being destroyed.
After: Sixteen years later Edie is still rebuilding her life. But Heather isn't ready to let her forget so easily. It's no coincidence that she shows up when Edie needs her most.
Now: Edie or Heather? Heather or Edie? Someone has to pay for what happened, but who will it be?
©2016 Camilla Way (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
"An unrelenting sense of dread shadows this story of a friendship gone wrong." (Woman & Home)
"Dark, debut novel about why you should never turn your back on a best friend." (Red Magazine)
"Way expertly explores the dark side of friendship in her psychological suspense novel.... The shocking revelation about what happened to change these two women's lives casts a surprising light on each character's motivations." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
"Compelling, dark and intense, this story of a friendship gone wrong will keep you guessing until the end." (B. A. Paris, number one best-selling author of Behind Closed Doors)
"Who's good? Who's evil? Those questions are at the heart of Watching Edie, a taut, tricky suspense novel that drops secrets in all the right places. As she explores the heart of a dark female friendship, Camilla Way twists her way to an original ending that rings with truth." (Julia Heaberlin, best-selling author of Black-Eyed Susans)
"Watching Edie has a clever plot, a fateful friendship, a callous betrayal, and an ending that is as twisty as it is inevitable - it's all there!" (Alexandra Burt, international best-selling author of Little Girl Gone)
"Wonderful - one of those novels that sucks you in and doesn't let go for a moment. Way brings a powerful new voice to the psychological thriller genre that promises much for the future." (Alex Marwood, best-selling author of The Wicked Girls and The Killer Next Door)
Praise for Camilla Way:
"Prepare to be gripped by this brilliantly haunting novel." (Grazia)
"A modern day classic in the making." (Dazed & Confused)
"A beautifully written descent into darkness." (Glamour)
"So addictive you'll devour it in one greedy gulp." (Cosmopolitan)
"An amazing debut." (New Woman)
"This compelling psychological thriller is a real hair-raising read thanks to the gritty realistic writing." (She Magazine)
I can't comment as I haven't ready the print version. Having hear the audio version I'm sure I would have liked reading the print as well. Very good writing style.
The narration is told in before and after/past and present. I love to find out the mystery of what has happened to change the course of people's lives. The 'before' part is told by Heather (the misfit stalker type) and is set in high school and the events around their friendship at that time. The 'after' part is set in the present and told by Edie (the recipient of Heather's highschool friendship, now estranged).
In the present you are led to believe one thing, and you know something has happened in the past but you don't know what exactly. It sounds like simple obsession/high school fallout but it is more than that. I love how at the end the final "before" version is told by Edie. It blew me away as I did not expect what happened! Or the sympathy and sadness I felt.
The revelation was not something I expected so it shocked me and made me feel quite sad even now a few days later when I'm still thinking of the story! That, in my opinion, is a good story and good characterisation/plot!
No but I would like to. The author who read Edie had a very nice voice. The author who read Heather did the portrayal very well. From the preview I got it was by her and I didn't love it, but it turns out the preview part was a teenage Heather talking in a bit of slang, so I'm glad I didn't judge it based on that as I wouldn't have bought it!
The revelation at the end. Who is a reliable narrator? Who is responsible for the way people's lives turn out? Who is good and who is in the wrong? Whose side are you on throughout the story? That's all I will say without revealing anything.
Easy to read/follow. Alternativey before/past and after/present from 2 perspectives, making up the full story. Sad in places but moving.
Great story and thought the performance was excellent. The only critism is I wanted more from the ending....
"Author keeps readers fooled right up to the end"
Yes, the book is beautifully read by the two performers who bring the characters to life in a very real way..
The two main characters are beautifully balanced. Their existence depends on one another - the book tells the story of their relationship.
The return by Edie to the scene of her adolescent experience that is to frame the remainder of her life.
There is a point in the book where Edie learns the value of sacrifice.
Gritty Northern realism - great stuff!
"Not for me ..."
When a book is quoted as being 'the best thriller you'll read this year', it's best to take that with a pinch of salt. It's ok, it's a bit of a struggle as the narrators aren't the best. Having read (listened to) so many thrillers it was pretty easy to gauge where it was going and whilst you wouldn't guess exactly, you won't be far from away. It was all just ok and yes a little bit depressing as another reviewer has said.
"Big build up to rushed ending"
The story was so detailed in the build up but the "event" and fallout were over ridiculously quickly.
"A few unexpected turns"
Interesting and engaging story. Very accessible. It was well performed by two talented readers. Nice few twists which I enjoy as I hate an obvious plot.
"Very good but extremely dark"
Very good book but extremely dark story, I don't think I would want to listening to it again, it made me feel uneasy and depressed when it finished. Great narration.
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