Watching Edie by Camilla Way

29243709Beautiful, 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…

I feel like I have read a lot of books like Watching Edie recently, where long buried secrets come back to haunt a young woman who has done her best to escape her past and rebuild her future…until what happened back then comes back to bite her.  With each one I pick up, I wonder if this will be the last, if I’ll get tired of them.  If they are all as good as Watching Edie, I don’t think that will be happening anytime soon.

This is an excellent example of the genre/style and how to do it right, building the tension with each page along with sympathy for Edie and enmity for Heather.  It’s a perfect set-up.    Then there are the twists in the tale.  As the story unfolds, with alternative “before” and “after” chapters told by Heather (before) and Edie (after), it becomes clear that not everything is as it seems and that some people are not as innocent as they first appeared.

I kept having those “ahh” moments as things were revealed and found myself changing my opinion on who I trusted and what I thought would happen next. I didn’t get it right once, the sign of a good book (especially when you have read as many as I have and think you have a feel for what to expect).  And when it did get to the “big reveal” I felt completely satisfied as everything fell into place.

It helps that the book was well written, with a good pace and character development and that, sadly, it felt based in reality given just how cruel and selfish teenagers can be. I did struggle to put it down and found it stayed with me when I wasn’t reading it – meaning I really liked this one a lot and it is a recommended read!

Emma

Note: I received this book from NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review.  All thoughts, feelings and opinions are my own.

 

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5 thoughts on “Watching Edie by Camilla Way

  1. […] Watching Edie by Camilla Way in which a teenage friendship, intense at the best of times, goes terribly wrong and comes back to haunt two still young women trying to get on with their lives.  I liked this a lot because it kept me guessing as to just who was in the right and who was in the wrong.  A real page turner.  […]

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