Following the death of her husband and unborn child, Charley Belington sells the family home and bravely starts life over again. On moving into a new flat, she is befriended by her landlady, Ella, who seems like the perfect friend and confidante.
But, unbeknown to Charley, Ella is fighting her own dark and dirty demons as the fallout from a horrific childhood sends her spiralling down into madness—and unspeakable obsessions.
As Ella’s mind splinters, her increasingly bizarre attentions make Charley uneasy. But with every step Charley tries to take to distance herself, Ella moves in a tightening lockstep with her, closer and closer and closer…
From the bestselling author of Taunting the Dead comes a raw, intense, relentless, and darkly claustrophobic psychological thriller that grabs you by the back of the neck and never lets you go.
I am used to reading about sensitive subjects as the author covers quite a lot of them in her wonderful Estate series and Watching Over You certainly has quite a shocking one.
Charley has certainly suffered a sad loss and a year after her husband died in a tragic accident she moves into a flat looking forward to moving on.
Ella is certainly battling an horrific past. Right from the start it is obvious that Ella has issues, serious issues. Ella, due to her past, certainly is not a straight forward character. My feelings for her changed throughout the story.
Watching Over You certainly won’t be a story for the faint hearted as it does make for some uncomfortable reading due to the nature of the story.
If like me, you are made of stronger stuff and like to be taken on a hair raising ride though, then look no further.
The author had me well and truly hooked from the start. I read this novel within a matter of a few hours. Think Single White Female and even then some. Ella is a truly disturbed individual and the further into the story I got the more on edge I felt. I wanted to grab Charley and tell her to get as far away from there as possible.
Mel Sherratt has created a powerful and hard hitting story that makes for a thrilling yet shocking read. A must read for fans of truly disturbing psychological thrillers.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Watching Over You is available to purchase from Amazon.