Watching Edie is one of those books that the blurb really doesn’t do it justice. The book tells the story simultaneously of Edie and Heather in the present and in the past as teenagers from the start of their friendship.
Edie is beautiful, carefree and cool. Heather is plain, unpopular and stuck with strict parents. An unlikely friendship is struck up between the two of them. Whilst Watching Edie tells the story in the past, we are also told the story set in the present.
In the present Edie is pregnant and on her own. Having avoided contact with Heather for years because of something in the past. Heather helpfully turns up after the birth of Edie’s daughter Maya. Whilst Edie is suffering with depression after the birth of Maya, having Heather around is a godsend. But as Edie gets better, Heather’s behaviour becomes stranger.
This is one of those books that makes me feel very uncomfortable. That means the author has done a good job. Hats off to Camila Way. The book has a great cast of characters, and they worked well when written in both the past and present. Watching Edie is a good read, well paced and full of intrigue. However it still manages to be extremely unnerving in parts.
Because of the way that the book is written, we only find out snippets of the full story piece by piece. Camila Way is adept at creating a jigsaw puzzle within a novel, and manages to do so without overcomplicating the story. Highly recommended, a 4 star read.
****Disclaimer- NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers kindly gave me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is my honest review and all opinions expressed are my own****