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Watching Edie

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4.5 out of 5 stars (272 ratings)

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Summary

There are some friends you'll never forget...no matter how hard you try.

Before: Edie is the friend that Heather has always craved. But one night it goes terrifyingly wrong. And what started as an innocent friendship ends in two lives being destroyed.

After: Sixteen years later Edie is still rebuilding her life. But Heather isn't ready to let her forget so easily. It's no coincidence that she shows up when Edie needs her most.

Now: Edie or Heather? Heather or Edie? Someone has to pay for what happened, but who will it be?

©2016 Camilla Way (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"An unrelenting sense of dread shadows this story of a friendship gone wrong." ( Woman & Home)
"Dark, debut novel about why you should never turn your back on a best friend." ( Red Magazine)
"Way expertly explores the dark side of friendship in her psychological suspense novel.... The shocking revelation about what happened to change these two women's lives casts a surprising light on each character's motivations." ( Publishers Weekly, starred review)
"Compelling, dark and intense, this story of a friendship gone wrong will keep you guessing until the end." (B. A. Paris, number one best-selling author of Behind Closed Doors)
"Who's good? Who's evil? Those questions are at the heart of Watching Edie, a taut, tricky suspense novel that drops secrets in all the right places. As she explores the heart of a dark female friendship, Camilla Way twists her way to an original ending that rings with truth." (Julia Heaberlin, best-selling author of Black-Eyed Susans)
" Watching Edie has a clever plot, a fateful friendship, a callous betrayal, and an ending that is as twisty as it is inevitable - it's all there!" (Alexandra Burt, international best-selling author of Little Girl Gone)
"Wonderful - one of those novels that sucks you in and doesn't let go for a moment. Way brings a powerful new voice to the psychological thriller genre that promises much for the future." (Alex Marwood, best-selling author of The Wicked Girls and The Killer Next Door)

Praise for Camilla Way:
"Prepare to be gripped by this brilliantly haunting novel." (Grazia)
"A modern day classic in the making." (Dazed & Confused)
"A beautifully written descent into darkness." (Glamour)
"So addictive you'll devour it in one greedy gulp." (Cosmopolitan)
"An amazing debut." (New Woman)
"This compelling psychological thriller is a real hair-raising read thanks to the gritty realistic writing." (She Magazine)

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Great book..

Great story and thought the performance was excellent. The only critism is I wanted more from the ending....

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Author keeps readers fooled right up to the end

Would you consider the audio edition of Watching Edie to be better than the print version?

Yes, the book is beautifully read by the two performers who bring the characters to life in a very real way..

Who was your favorite character and why?

The two main characters are beautifully balanced. Their existence depends on one another - the book tells the story of their relationship.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The return by Edie to the scene of her adolescent experience that is to frame the remainder of her life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There is a point in the book where Edie learns the value of sacrifice.

Any additional comments?

Gritty Northern realism - great stuff!

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Wow!

What a great story. Kept me guessing until the very end. I loved the increasing tension as the story gathered pace. The narration was fantastic from both narrators, and gave great depth to the characters. Cant recommend enough.

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Heart wrenching

One of the saddest books I've ever read! Totally heart wrenching. Brilliantly narrated by Chloe Massey & Kathryn Griffiths.

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Very good but extremely dark

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Very good book but extremely dark story, I don't think I would want to listening to it again, it made me feel uneasy and depressed when it finished. Great narration.

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Emotional, captivating and haunting

I rarely give 5 stars but this one really deserves it!
I was hooked early on and simply couldn't wait to find out more. The "secret" was unravelled very slowly yet satisfyingly . The characters felt real to me and I formed an opinion of each one straight away. This book invites you to cast one of the leads as the victim and the other the aggressor, which I did almost straight away. But in the end you might change your mind, or you might not. The twist at the end is unexpected and the ending was appropriate for rather a sad story - I hate cheesy endings and the conclusion of this story was appropriate for the theme.
It's difficult to describe this book accurately without giving the details away, so all I can say really is that I'd definitely recommend this, the story is interesting and nothing is predictable .

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Big build up to rushed ending

The story was so detailed in the build up but the "event" and fallout were over ridiculously quickly.

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Not for me ...

When a book is quoted as being 'the best thriller you'll read this year', it's best to take that with a pinch of salt. It's ok, it's a bit of a struggle as the narrators aren't the best. Having read (listened to) so many thrillers it was pretty easy to gauge where it was going and whilst you wouldn't guess exactly, you won't be far from away. It was all just ok and yes a little bit depressing as another reviewer has said.

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Hooked me from beginning to end

Really enjoyed this book, you knew there was something big coming from along way off, but even though you wanted to know, you still wanted to hear everything else before the truth came out.

It's the 1st book I've listened to with 2 actors reading the 2 main parts and it works amazingly well.

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Bloody brilliant

I loved this book, the story, the narrative and performances all brilliant.
I happened to come across The Lies We Told by this author whilst staying in an apartment on holiday and was gripped.
I decided to look her up when I returned, so glad I did.
I loved the way she writes, the stories she tells.
I will be reading everything she’s done.