“THERE ARE SOME FRIENDS YOU’LL NEVER FORGET…
NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY
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.
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.
Edie or Heather?
Heather or Edie?
Someone has to pay for what happened, but who will it be?”
I remember when this book was first published and how much love there was for it. It was one of those books where everyone was talking about it. I was even asked by a few blogger friends if I had read it. The answer of course was I hadn’t but oh boy, did I want to! I received a free copy of Watching Edie from the publisher which has in no way influenced my review.
Watching Edie is a tale of friendship and obsession which I found totally riveting. Edie was one of the popular girls at school; beautiful, rebellious and everything Heather wanted to be. So imagine Heather’s surprise when Edie starts talking to her. After all, Heather doesn’t consider herself to be special in any way. The girls strike up a friendship which is probably a little more one-sided than it should be. But something terrible happens and the girls part ways under a dark cloud. Several years later Edie is still trying to quieten the demons from her past so when someone knocks on her door the last person she expects it to be is Heather. Heather seems to have not changed, does not mention their past and is keen to revive their childhood friendship. But Edie is wary. Something just doesn’t feel right and she would prefer to avoid Heather, and memories of their past, at all costs…
This is a great story and I enjoyed reading Watching Edie. I found myself taking sides (which probably makes me a terrible person) and I wanted Heather to just leave Edie alone and just let her get on with her life. The reader doesn’t discover until near the end of the book what catastrophic thing happened to the characters and the cause of Edie’s shock at seeing Heather again. The build-up to the reveal is done so very well with a palpable sense of unease from the start of the book to the end. My mind was creating all kinds of scenarios and I frequently asked myself what could have happened to these two characters. By the end, I was absolutely kicking myself.
The story is told in ‘Before’ and ‘After’ chapters. It was interesting how we only hear from Heather in the ‘Before’ and Edie in the ‘After’ chapters giving the reader a great insight into both of these characters lives, thoughts and feelings. Heather’s obsession with Edie made my skin crawl at times but I guess many of us can relate to that. Wanting the popular girls in school to be our friends, to be accepted (or maybe that’s just me!). Despite not liking Heather I really did sympathise with her after I had met her mother. What a horrible woman!
Would I recommend this book? I would, particularly if you like a character-driven psychological thriller. There are characters to love and hate in this novel. The ending was shocking and I’m glad the author took the story in the direction she did. It’s a compelling read and I will make a point of reading more from Camilla Way in the future.
I chose to read and review an eARC of Watching Edie. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
Watching Edie by Camilla Way was published in the UK by HarperCollins on 6th April 2017 and is available in hardcover, paperback, ebook and audio formats (please note, some of the following links are affiliate links which means I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | BookDepository | Goodreads |
Camilla Way was born in Greenwich, south-east London, and studied Modern English and French Literature at the University of Glamorgan. Her father was the poet and author Peter Way. Formerly Associate Editor of the teenage girls’ magazine Bliss, she is currently an editor and writer on the men’s style magazine Arena. Having lived in Cardiff, Bristol, Bath and Clerkenwell, she now lives in south-east London.
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