Definitely a novel you need to read this year

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The Watcher Girl by Minka Kent


The Blurb


A woman’s suspicions about her ex-boyfriend become a dangerous obsession in a twisting novel of psychological suspense by Washington Post and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Minka Kent.


Eight years ago, Grace McMullen broke Sutton Whitlock’s heart when she walked away. But it was only to save him from the baggage of her own troubled past. Now all she wants is to make sure he’s okay.


Only everything she learns about him online says otherwise. According to his social media accounts, he placed roots in her hometown, married a look-alike, and even named his daughter Grace. He clearly hasn’t moved on. In fact, it’s creepy. So Grace does what any concerned ex-girlfriend would do: she moves home…and watches him.


But when Grace crosses paths with Sutton’s wife, Campbell, an unexpected friendship develops. Campbell has no idea whom she’s inviting into her life. As the women grow closer, it becomes clear to Grace that Sutton is not the sentimental man she once knew. He seems controlling, unstable, and threatening. And what a broken man like Sutton is capable of, Grace can only imagine. It’s up to her to save Campbell and her baby now—but while she’s been watching them, who’s been watching her?


About the Author



Minka Kent is the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of When I Was You, The Stillwater Girls, The Thinnest Air, The Perfect Roommate, and The Memory Watcher. She is a graduate of Iowa State University and resides in Iowa with her husband and three children. For more information, visit www.minkakent.com.


The Review


This novel was incredible from the get go, the opening chapter plunges you straight into the depths of a brilliant thriller, that I could not put down.


Grace McMullen has a troubled past and this has clearly played a part in how she views relationships. Grace knows the faults in her personality, her no nonsense approach to life is both honest and alluring. Looking back, her love for her ex-boyfriend is clear but she had to end it with him before she destroyed him from the darkness she keeps inside. Now she’s returned to her childhood family home and to the memories that affected her life when she was 10-years-old, to check up on Sutton and his new family. What she doesn’t expect is to meet her ex-boyfriend’s new wife, Campbell, and an unexpected friendship clearly develops between the two women to the point where she doesn’t even recognise the way Campbell speaks about her ex, portraying him as controlling and violent towards her. Grace cannot sit by and watch this happen.


Grace is a deep and endearing character, truly self-defecating with her deep-routed emotional issues in relationships with the opposite sex, friends, even her own siblings and her parents, constantly demeaning herself and describing that she’s not very nice to be around. You can feel the expanse of pain that sits under the surface but everything she does and every decision she makes, I could imagine doing the exact same thing.


But it’s the relationship that begins to grow between her and Campbell that is very much at the heart of this book, both women clearly lost in their own journey, in need of a friendship which they’ve struggled to be able to build in their ‘normal’ lives.


The tension builds perfectly and I was very much behind Grace through the entirety of her journey in this exhilarating psychological thriller.


This is definitely one book you need to pick up this year.


You can buy a copy on the following link:

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-watcher-girl/minka-kent/9781542026789

Review dated: 06.05.2021

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