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The Watcher by Ross Armstrong
  

The Watcher

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Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017.

A clever first novel with a sinister setting in London where blocks of flats are being demolished. The juxtaposition of the bird watcher protagonist, Lily, and her people watching is a clever one as she views the people in the flats opposite. This device used ensures the atmosphere builds well and this is also helped with the intriguing chapter headings. The protagonist has a great imagination; names the people, gives them lives and witnesses things she should not. Strangely she is mistaken for a doctor and when called to a dead woman, whom she has recently visited, she takes on her own investigation. That’s when things get mysterious and the novel really changes gear. Lily gets into all sorts of trouble, someone is watching her, but who, and is she really watching at all and indeed seeing what she's seeing?

January 2017 Debut of the Month.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. Read the full reviews here.

  • Lindsey Whittle - 'This is a really interesting debut novel.  It’s tightly written; short sentences and with a good sense of what is unsaid, or just hinted at.'
  • Carol Peace - 'A refreshing look at a murder mystery.'
  • Jacki Moorcroft - 'Wow, what a debut novel by Ross Armstrong: dark, creepy and deeply disturbing at times, this story twists and turns and keeps throwing in little shocks which make you rethink again and again.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Don’t be put off if you initially struggle with this book – give up and you will have denied yourself a remarkable observation of how one individual copes with the loss of those around her.'
  • Angela Rhodes - 'This is a debut novel, one that will play tricks with your mind.'
  • Victoria Emerson - 'an enjoyable psychological thriller set in London...A good debut.'
  • Sheila - 'I'm sure there is a good story in there somewhere but struggled to finish it.'
  • C Hogwood - 'Ever felt watched? This twisting tale will make you question if your life is as private as you think.'
  • Kerry Bridges - 'A good crime thriller, but not one of the greats!'
  • Lynda DeFreitas - 'Confusing and disjointed.'
  • Nicki Southwell - 'I think that opinion of this book will be very much divided.  It is one of those books that either you love, or don't.  It is well written.'
  • Alfred Nobile - 'This was a brilliant read...I urge you to read this book. You will not be disappointed.'
  • Sam Lewis - 'it all comes together in such a surprising and clever twist.'
  • Victoria Whish - 'An interesting and unsettling debut novel for fans of the masters of suspense; Du Maurier and Hitchcock.'

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Synopsis

The Watcher by Ross Armstrong

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?

Reviews

'Addictive and eerie, you'll finish the book wanting to chat about it' - Closer Magazine, Must Read '

'Unreliable narrator + Rear Window-esque plot = sure-fire hit' - The Sun

'Brilliantly written...this psychological thriller is definitely one that will keep you up to the early hours. Five Stars.' - Heat, Book of the Week

'A twisted homage to Hitchcock set in a recognisably post-Brexit broken Britain. Tense, fast-moving and with an increasingly unreliable narrator, The Watcher has all the hallmarks of a winner.' - Martyn Waites

'Ross Armstrong will feed your appetite for suspense' - Evening Standard

'A dark, unsettling page turner' - Claire Douglas, author of Local Girl Missing

'Creepy and compelling' - Debbie Howells author of The Bones of You

'The Watcher is an intense, unsettling read... one that had me feeling like I needed to keep checking over my shoulder as I read.' - Lisa hall, author of Between You and Me

About the Author

Ross Armstrong

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

21st September 2017

Author

Ross Armstrong

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Publisher

HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
All Shortlists and Winners
Crime / Mystery
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Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9780008181178

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