Review THE WATCHER By Jennifer Pashley

Review THE WATCHER By Jennifer Pashley

Review THE WATCHER By Jennifer Pashley

“The Watcher” by Jennifer Pashley is one of my most unexpected reads this year, with an engaging plot and characters that make you feel, likely, exactly how she wanted you to feel.

Officer Kateri Fisher is new to the town of Spring Falls in upstate New York, after being transferred. Her first case brings her to a tiny house in the woods, and revolves around the murder of its resident, Pearl Jenkins. The inside of the house is covered with blood, and bones are burned in the yard next to some of her personal effects. Locked inside a closet is a five-year-old girl that no one knew existed. In shock, the team gets no answers from her, and before they can try again, she disappears from the hospital.

On a dual POV that starts on a timeline only a few months before Pearl’s alleged murder is that of her son Shannon, a nineteen-year-old who has been sworn to secrecy about the existence of his five-year-old sister. His mother Pearl has kept them locked in her world of paranoia ever since her husband tried to kill her and Shannon in a house fire when he was three. Shannon’s only friend is a strange man who lives a mile away and calls himself Baby Jane, but then his world takes a turn for the better when he meets and starts a relationship with wealthy, older Bear Miller, a real estate developer.

However, nothing here is what it seems. What starts off as a slow burn mystery quickly turns into a raging inferno as Shannon is implicated in his mother’s murder, the case of his missing sister, and now there’s a dead cop added to the mix. Additional motives are uncovered as Kateri begins to doubt everything she thought was true about her new town. Several twists at the end of this stunner will hold your interest to the very last pages. Another literary masterpiece by Jennifer Pashley.

Review THE WATCHER By Jennifer Pashley

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