Friday, September 18, 2020

✱✱Book Review✱✱ The Watcher by Jennifer Pashley

 

The Watcher

A Kateri Fisher Novel Book 1

by Jennifer Pashley


From the award-winning author of The Scamp, Jennifer Pashley is back with a searing literary noir about what it means to live on the margins of society and what happens when no one is watching...

Pearl Jenkins is a nobody. She was a woman who lived as a hermit in the woods. One day, she's nowhere to be found, and all that's left behind is a pool of blood and a child no one knew existed, raised completely off the grid and in the grip of Pearl's manic paranoia.

Kateri Fisher is used to being an outsider. Now, she's the only female detective in the tiny upstate New York town of Spring Falls, where everyone knows everyone, but no one will talk. It's fitting that she takes the case that no one else wants. But as Kateri struggles to navigate the harsh rules of a new town while trying to learn the truth about the Jenkins family, only one thing becomes clear: neither she nor Pearl are as invisible as she first thought. Someone's always watching.

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Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

As an introduction to a new crime series, this one is impressive. The story is suspenseful with a taut tension that kept me up much later than I should have been. It's told from two perspectives, Kateri in the present and Shannon in the past leading up to everything happening now. In a lot of cases, I wouldn't care for the back and forth of the tenses, but it works for this story. Jennifer Pashley has crafted an atmospheric tale that both well written, and thoroughly entertaining. This is one series that I'll be reading more of. 

❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books

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