Beautiful, 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…
Watching Edie is a novel that explores what happens when a friendship goes wrong. It is a dark and disturbing tale of a horrific secret that cannot be buried, no matter how hard the perpetrator tries to keep it hidden.
Watching Edie is divided into two time frames, with two different female narrators. In the present day, the book is told through the eyes of Edie, a waitress, who finds herself pregnant and bringing up a baby alone. A past storyline also runs through Watching Edie, which is told from the point of view of Heather, who was once Edie’s best friend. The reader is fed tit bits pertaining to a terrible secret which is revealed near the close of the novel, which ripped apart these once incredibly close best friends. The secret comes bubbling to the surface when Heather suddenly reappears in Edie’s life in the present day, as Edie struggles with postpartum depression. The author, Camilla Way, explores the possibility that such a horrible act of the past can truly be forgotten through the progression of the novel.
Watching Edie was a thrilling psychological based twister of a novel from start to finish. It had me hooked from the very start. What I appreciated about Watching Edie was the structure of the novel. I feel the choice of switching between past and present day, as well as swapping voices, had significant impact on the reader. It was excruciating at times but the drip feed style narrative leading up Edie and Heather’s bust up was utterly compelling. The device of alternating narrators, also allows the reader to switch where their sympathies may lie with a particular character. Just when I thought I had one character figured out, something in the narrative would push me towards empathising with the other. To me, this always signals a great psychological thriller. Watching Edie typifies the ‘unreliable narrator’ style novels, made famous by such books as Gone Girl or Girl on the Train. Watching Edie is definitely up there with these novels, it is a very clever thriller. It had great moments of darkness that had me guessing right up until the end. The end was unexpected but it was a fitting conclusion to this twisted tale.
Watching Edie is a sharp and layered novel that held me in its vice-like grip, from the opening to the close of the last page of the book. It is best enjoyed by lovers of the psychological-thriller genre.