Review: Watching Edie by Camilla Way

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Title: Watching Edie
Author: Camilla Way
Pub. Date: August 2016
Pages: 299
Format: eARC
Rating: ⭐⭐

Description:

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…


The Review

Okay, I was really stoked about this book. I love when a description of a book says there’s a secret or the past comes back to haunt you, or you’ll never forget your past. Things like that. However, Watching Edie fell a little flat.

I really don’t like the before and after format of the book and how it switched from one to another. It was difficult for me to go from one to the other. It was awkward having to read the before from Heather’s point of view and the after (several years later, ‘mind you) from Edie’s point of view. In addition to the before and after, Edie also had flashblacks, which made piecing some of the story together very frustrating.

At least the before and after point of views were in chronological order. It helped follow what happened to Edie (and in the end, Heather) – which is something that really interested me. I was interested in why she became a washed up nobody, and a good for nothing mother on top of that. I also wanted to know what happened to Heather and why she was so obsessed with Edie.

Edie did come around to being an involved mother and was getting her life right on track and then Heather had to disturb everything. I thought Heather’s character was a little creepy! It’s understandable that she had her own demons that she was dealing with, but she could’ve went about it in a completely different way.

At first I really liked Edie. I knew her and Connor and his gang must’ve done something to Heather but I wasn’t expecting what actually happened. I didn’t even really think Connor was involved. After it was revealed what role Edie played, I was a little disgusted with her. Yet at the same time – she was in a very abusive relationship and I understand to some degree why she did what she did.

This would’ve been a good book, but it was just lacking. It was a slow read and very hard to get into. Around 40%, I just started skimming because there was nothing worth truly following closely. I only wanted to read the before point of view to get the backstory, so I skimmed through the rest. I wish I could’ve enjoyed it more, as it definitely had potential.

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