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Watching Edie

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Did not have time to read this book - still on my TBR. Thank you for the opportunity and my apologies for not getting to it.
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I don't know why it took me so long to read this book because I really liked it! It was a solid thriller that kept me interested, and the pace was great.
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Watching Edie is a thriller.   I enjoyed every page, some of the more than others.

 The characters of Edie and Heather were not characters that I could relate to or feel something for.    I am not exactly sure why as they were both realistic.   They were teenagers with home lives that were not “normal.”  The parents of these girls brought them up with high expectations, no or little support, and other family issues.    While I don’t always believe parents are responsible for their adult children they are responsible for their teenage children.      These parents pushed their teenagers to act out and this caused their adult lives to not be good. 

 I did enjoy that the book was written in two timeframes.   Heather’s story is told from the past.   Edie’s is the current story.    I liked that I knew why their relationship is how it is.   I also enjoyed how Camilla Way didn’t just spill all the secrets right in the beginning and pulled the story out until the very end of the story.   There were times that I had guesses as to what the fall out between the two of was.   The twists and turns were wonderful.  Keeping me guessing, keeping me reading, keeping me turning page after page.  
I believe that every book has its readers.    This one will have some that love it and some that don’t.   Watching Edie is not a book for everyone.
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After reading a few chapters, I decided this book held no interest for me at this time nor was it a good fit for my blog.  I elected not to finish the book now, but it may well be a case of "the right book at the wrong time" syndrome and I might be willing to try it again in the future.  Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group / Berkley and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to sample this title.
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This book kept me guessing at every turn. I'm still processing what actually happened between Edie and Heather. The twist was pretty great and definitely not one I saw coming. What I liked most about this book is that I pegged it as a modern Single White Female type plot, but it's completely original with characters that are so well developed. I felt like even the side characters came to life on the pages. The beginning was a little slow, but I highly recommend sticking with it since it picks up tremendously near the halfway point. Must read for psychological suspense fans. 

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Phew! I don't even know where to begin with this book. I went into it thinking that it was going to be similar to the movie Single White Female where a girl becomes obsessed with her roommate and decides she wants to mimic her in every way possible. Don't ask me how I thought it was like that premise, because I have no idea where I came up with that. This book was completely different from what I had anticipated. 

This book is told in a dual POV switching between Edie and Heather. For the most part, Edie is mainly narrating the present day while Heather narrates the past. Typically, I don't enjoy books that go back and forth between different time periods, but this one was done in a way that left me intrigued and curious to know what would happen next. 

Edie is a single, pregnant 33 year old woman who has found herself all alone with an unwanted child. She is estranged from her mother and doesn't really have friends. She fears the day she will see Heather's face again. This is where it begins to grow suspenseful since once upon a time they were best friends. They share an awful secret from when they were teenagers, but readers are left in the dark for the majority of the book before the shocking revelation. 

The story is told at a steady pace that kept it from getting boring. I found myself wanting to piece together this puzzle in a feeble attempt to predict the conclusion. Man, was I wrong! Nothing could have possibly prepared me for the way the book ended. That plot twist never even entered my mind for a second! 

I will admit that the majority of this book was a solid 3 stars for me, but that ending was so shocking and startling that I had to bump my rating up to 4 stars purely based on ingenuity and creativity. 

The main characters are not that likable, but I'm pretty sure this was done on purpose. Besides, the side characters made up a lot for that. The plot unfolds at a good pace. It's not slow and it's not fast. It gives you just enough to keep you interested. This was my first book by Camilla Way, but I would certainly check out other books by her!

Special thanks to the publisher and Camilla Way for sending me this ARC through Netgalley! <3
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I listened to the Audible version of this book and it quite good.  The authentic accents of the two narrators and the intricate details added a realistic layer to the story. The author skillfully wove the past and present together in alternating chapters and points of view - between Edie & Heather, the events leading up to a horrible betrayal of friendship and the distrust that developes after
a chance reconnection.
I think this was a good book and I would recommend it for the psychological drama and suspense. I found the changing from the past to the present every other chapter was distracting, though.
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While the author can technically write I found myself not able to connect to this book at all. It was like trying to put a puzzle together without the right pieces. Nothing fit.
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Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this title. Unfortunately, I have lost interest in the title, partly due to trusted reviews, and will not be reviewing the title. I have, however, promoed the title through my weekly recap with links to Amazon. Thank you again, and I apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.
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Watching Edie does what a good psychological thriller is supposed to do and that actually very few writers pull off with such authentic, surprising, passion inducing BAM. Camilla Way has a way with words and an intensely true eye for character study, both Edie and Heather are entirely believable – this is a tale of obsession and friendship and many other things – but probably the main emotional hit of it comes from the fact that the whole messy, intense sum of it could be plucked from real life. Nothing in Watching Edie is unlikely and the author never tries to hide. It is stunning in its graceful simplicity.
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Friendship....forgiveness....humans....pride.....betrayal....selfishness.....envy.....worship...desire to please others.   Edie and Heather hit it off right away when they met.  Heather had never really had any friends.  She couldn't believe that Edie chose her, the beautiful, popular, self-absorbed Edie.  I recall my nephew saying that girls always look for another girl who is not as pretty as them, weighs more, and doesn't attract attention like them.  They choose a girl who will make them look better to others, especially to boys.  They are looking out for number one.   The chosen ones work hard to please this girl, this unexpected friend, but can they?  Can they ever really please this popular, beautiful "friend"?  
      All the way through the story, I wondered what had happened and who had participated in the big event at the quarry?  The story centers on this unforgettable event that took place at the quarry many years ago, while Heather and Edie were in high school.  It was confusing to me that the author chose to have the book constantly speaking in Edie's voice about the "after" and Heather's voice speaking about the "before".  I found myself having to look back to see who was "speaking" through out the book.  I think this may be a big turn off to this book, particularly for any readers who have difficulty in reading.   I found myself invested in the story and while I figured out a part of the reveal of the "event that happened at the quarry", I was surprised by much of the ending.  This will hold readers attention and many readers may not find it confusing to switch voice with every chapter. They may not care as much as I do about knowing important details of the mechanics of books.   
       I am rating this book 4 stars and recommend it to readers who enjoy psychological thrillers.
      I received a copy of this book from netgalley and HarperCollinsUK.  I was encouraged to write a review if I chose to do so.
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This book was not quite what I was expecting. Not that it was bad, but at first it gave me the vibe of the movie Single White Female obsession.....then it COMPLETELY flips and turns out to be a book where you actually see the "bad" guy as the one who wasn't what you thought. A bit tragic.....not the book, the story.
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'Watching Edie" is a story of obsession and betrayal between two women.  Heather and Edie became best friends in High School, both having unhappy home lives. Edie was beautiful and becomes more popular, leaving Heather to spend time with  a kind of gangster boyfriend.. Heather's infatuation with Edie and her life has some serious consequences, and the girls are driven apart for years until Heather shows up at Edie's doorstep and the painful wounds and events of the past are reopened.  It is revenge, not infatuation, that threatens one of the women now.
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Received from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. This book was disturbing in many ways, and I thought that I had it figured out but I didn’t. It’s about Heather and Edie, high school friends who had a strangely intense relationship for not knowing each other very long and whose friendship ended traumatically. Now in their thirties they are back in each others lives as Edie becomes a single mom. I really could not relate to either of the two and I went back and forth on which I disliked more or thought was crazier. It was a quick read but not my favorite.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this first novel by author Camellia Way. At age 16, Edie and Heather are best friends. They are best friends until something occurs that changes their lives forever. Seventeen years later, they are both living lives are not exactly how they pictured them. Then, by chance, they find themselves in the other's life once again. I loved, and at times hated, these characters. Well, I guess hate is a strong word. I hated their actions. There were times when I could totally believe a character, and then times when the other would seem unreliable and mean. All the while, they were creepy and odd... and I liked that! There began my love/hate relationship. The ending was perfect and provided a sense of closure, while all too often books do not lately. I will highly recommend this one!!!
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Engaging, atmospheric, and hard to put down, WATCHING EDIE scratched my favorite thriller itches. This is the kind of book you think you've figured out early, only to stumble upon a surprise much later on. Unfortunately, that sometimes means that the middle lacks excitement, as you're waiting for your hunches to be proven right or wrong.

Ultimately, though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, particularly the characterizations of Edie and Heather, who felt genuine-- something I often find isn't the case in these kinds of internal, psychological books.

I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FROM NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST REVIEW.
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I found this book highly enjoyable and a real page turner that had me gripped to the very end. The ending is definitely a bit unexpected and I am not sure how I feel about the twist, but worth reading for you to make up your own mind - I did not see it coming
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This was a quick but intense read that follows 2 girls Edie and Heather. The story is told in 2 parts with Heather telling the before part of the story and Edie narrating the after part. The story starts when the two girls meet in high school and ends years later when Heather comes back into Edie's life very unexpectedly and at a time when Edie is quite vulnerable. Both sides of the story hint at the horrible occurrence that happened years ago but you were strung along until almost the very end and what you may have been thinking all along is not at all what happened. I found myself equally hating and feeling sorry for both characters at different points throughout the story. This was a great psychological thriller that did not follow the same pattern as all the other books of late. Great read!
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