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Nightwatching

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I really struggled to read this. I found it very slow and actually didn't feel compelled to finish it unfortunately.

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Thanks to Penguin UK and NetGalley for ARC.

A widowed mother hears a noise, goes to investigate, finds something that makes her blood run cold, makes a split second decision about what to do to keep her children safe. The opening is spooky and gripping and the subsequent events are all too plausible.
It's baggy in places, with a lot of flashbacks; for some these will detract from the forward propulsion in plot and for others it will be a necessary break from the horror and suspense, and provide some rationale for the protagonist's and others' actions.
The house and the surroundings are characters in their own right, and I found myself reading on into the night a couple of times.

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I thought Night watching was absolutely thrilling and kept me questioning the whole way through. No characters are named in this book, and the story is told solely by the mother. She has suffered so much trauma and when she sees an intruder in her house, where she's alone with two small children, her sense of terror is visceral.

But as she recuperates in hospital after escaping, doubts begin to creep in, and she even questions her own mind.

The quality of the writing is sublime and I did not want to put this book down once I began. This would make a fantastic film and it played through my mind like a movie reel.

I love a thriller that keeps me guessing and isn't predictable, and this definitely ticks those boxes.

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A razor-sharp thriller about a mother forced to the breaking point when her life and the lives of her children are threatened by an intruder. The E-Book could be improved and more user-friendly, such as links to the chapters, no significant gaps between words and a cover for the book would be better. It is very document-like instead of a book. A star has been deducted because of this.

This is a first for me by the author and one I enjoyed and I would read more of their work. The book cover is eye-catching and appealing and would spark my interest if in a bookshop. Thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for this ARC.

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I’ve been hearing great things about Nightwatching so my expectations were high and happily, I can confirm it is just as full of high stakes, nail-biting tension as I’d hoped. Perhaps unwisely, I read this mostly at night, alone in my house, and it had me jumping at every shadow and at any hint of noise. The first half of the book especially is almost unbearably tense and will undoubtedly shred the nerves of any reader. Nightwatching is also deeply compelling and harrowing in terms of themes such as loss, gaslighting, fear and the fallibility of memory. It makes you question everything and everyone as a truly terrifying ordeal turns into an anger-inducing aftermath as our main character is made to feel that she is unstable and dangerous. It is a dark and unrelenting read which I could not put down. I would highly recommend this to any thriller readers and I will be extremely eager to read whatever this talented author writes next.

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A gripping opening chapter and a brilliant hook that is unfortunately let down by unnecessary flashbacks that don’t lead anywhere, instead they distract from the action and massively slow the pace of the story down. I continued reading to find out what the resolution would be without really enjoying the book and the ending was predictable with a predictable twist. They were just too much telling and not enough showing for my taste.

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I really enjoyed this book, I was so eager to keep reading to find out what was going on! Tracy Sierra did a great job of balancing the suspense of the current timeline with a storyline going back giving more background information. Everytime I thought I was confident in guessing the twists, I was wrong! Would recommend reading if you’re after a thrilling suspenseful read.

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It's not very often a book gives me the absolute chills, but Tracy Sierra has achieved it with Night Watching. You've heard the saying read it with the lights on? Well, I highly recommend you do.
I hate giving too much away plot wise with thrillers/psychological suspense books as I feel like it doesn't have the same impact if you know exactly what to expect.
What I will say is that a mother is pushed to her absolute limits when she realises that there is an intruder in her house. Both physically and mentally, she will have to dig deep in order to keep those she loves safe.

Night Watching isn't for the faint of heart, which is exactly what I want from books like this. It says a lot that when I finished this book, I went and checked on my children genuinely.
Tracy has managed not only to write a book full of suspense but also made her main protagonist so real. The sense of place, the timing, It's all on point, and I can't wait to see what she writes next.

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A storm. A mother and her children. And a intruder. I had the chills from the first page and read it with the lights on and my heart in my throat. I was glued to the pages even though I was terrified.

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Wow! This was actually recommended by another book lover/book blogger friend . I immediately started reading as the description grabbed me. It was genuinely one of the most unsettling books I've ever read, and I couldn't put it down. It starts with a home invasion on a snowy night, where the mum protects herself and her children by squirrelling them away within the walls of her home. Her Home is filled with multiple staircases and routes, with various entrances and she is terrified that she will be discovered. Eventually her motherly instincts override her own fear to save the children, she flees through the woods, to a neighbour house, who calls the police and reunites her with her terrified children, from where she is taken from hospital. But once she returns from hospital, no-one believes what has happened to her and her family. Surely she's not imagined it all? Soon, she works out how she might prove this intruder exists. She spots small disturbances in her home, that only she would spot. This was brilliantly spooky, unsetting and terrifying!

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Never has a book had me so breathless with fear!! Just wow! The tension was solid and my heart was pounding throughout. This would make a great film, I could picture it so well!

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A tense atmospheric read. Terrifying scenario from the start. I was holding my breath so as not to make a sound. Couldn't wait to discover the outcome. . Certainly had twists I didnt see coming

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Never has a book had my hair stand on end and my heart in my mouth as I read the first 20% of this book.
I think it brought my fears to life.

It’s the middle of a snow storm, a mother is soothing her toddler son back to sleep in the middle of the night, when she sees a tall man looming on the stair landing. It’s dark, the positioning of the security light, means she can see him - but he can’t see them.
After grappling with fight or flight, she jumps into action grabbing her son and her daughter from another room finding a spot to hide.
Over the next few hours she hears the intruder navigate through the old spooky house trying to locate them, taunting them as he does.

You live her fear, of the unknown man, his intentions, and her worry for the welfare her and her children… he’s not going anywhere, and she needs to find a way out. She needs help.

I really enjoyed this book, there were lulls in the middle which slowed down my pace, however it had me in a vice-like grip at the beginning.

The pace picked up again 2/3’s of the way in. You start wondering if everything you’ve read is real…

I would recommend this book, and will be looking out for others from this author!
Thanks Netgalley for my free ARC; in return for an honest review

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Thank you SO much to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book.

I absolutely loved this!! Such great characters and a great storyline.

My full review is to follow in a few days.....

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This was a fast paced book with a lot of twists and turns. I found the unreliable narrator an interesting part of the plot line and enjoyed trying to work out what was going to happen and who was who in the story. I found I got a little lost in the middle but it came back with a stronger and interesting ending!

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I was drawn to Nightwatching by the amazing reviews and the creepy premise and found it to be an original and very scary novel. A woman is alone in the house with her children when she hears an intruder enter; this alone is a terrifying thought and the author’s style of writing really builds up the tension and the atmosphere in the house. It took me a while to get into the novel and I found the lack of character names strange , this made it quite an impersonal read. However it’s a clever and unsettling novel. 3.5 stars.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this digital ARC.

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This book is thoroughly tense, creepy, gripping, stressful, scary, heartbreaking - highly recommended.

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I enjoyed this book. Very unsettling and great atmosphere created. I haven't read anything by this author before but would definitely recommend. Don't read if you're in the house alone!

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I liked the premise of this book, however found it quite lengthy, boring and descriptive, and so being under a deadline to read, found myself skipping bits. Quite disturbing storyline and difficult to understand how the characters ended up in these situations in my view.

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I absolutely devoured this book. I was hooked from page one, I switched from scared to angry and back to scared again, I couldn’t get through it quick enough to see what happened.

I can’t wait for more from this author!

Thank you NetGalley and publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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