Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Watcher by Ross Armstrong

The WatcherThe Watcher by Ross Armstrong
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Watcher: A Novel by Ross Armstrong is a novel written in a highly original format, almost like a journal. Lily the protagonist is speaking to someone, we just don't know who it is. As far as being a page turner, it doesn't get much better than this. For a compelling and quirky plot line, this novel exemplifies a standard of writing that is different and a level above the norm. This is not your typical murder mystery. There is a lot to see here, not the least of which is Lily's character, which is both fascinating and disturbing. She watches birds, then veers off into watching people across the way with her binoculars. What she sees will change her life. Sharp, clipped writing moves the action along nicely, and while not ultimately hard to figure the mystery out, the overarching result of reading this book is great satisfaction while scratching one's head a little. Highly recommend if you are looking for a unique novel.

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