Watching Edie by Camilla Way reviewed

Watching Edie Book Cover Watching Edie
Camilla Way
Penguin UK
July 28, 2016


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 found the opening of this book by Camilla Way powerful and a little spooky. Edie is visited by Heather in the present day (previously best friends) out of the blue and Edie is not happy about it. The next chapter has Heather meeting Edie as a teenager over fifteen years earlier. Chapters continue offering the narrative in the two alternating voices and times until the final chapter of the book. From the start it is clear that there was a dramatic falling out between the two of them in their teenage years – what is not clear is why. Equally it becomes clearer during the book that whatever the problem was it had considerable impact on both their lives.

All in all I found this very nicely written and I felt the two voices seemed authentic both as teenagers and in their older years. In particular it is obvious that Edie has changed considerably over the 15/16 years. It may be less obvious how much Heather has been affected by the falling out and whether other events in her life may have a relevance to the story. Whatever else I thought the characters were convincing and believable. Indeed while I found this very easy and compelling reading, the writing felt uncomfortably believable much of the time. The words “taught” and “psychological” seem made for this thriller. It’s well paced with the tension maintained throughout – I found it almost impossible to put down. This is certainly one of the better books I’ve read this year. For me 4.5/5 I think and I’d love to read another by the author.

Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review