Watching Over You by Mel Sherratt

25th October 2016

What the publisher says:

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…

 

 

What I say:

This book intrigued me as once I discovered that it was written by the same person who wrote The Second Chance Shoe Shop and I wanted to find out how well the same person could write in two different styles.  The answer is – incredibly well.

 

Charley is recovering from the death of her husband and unborn child and has decided to make a new start in a flat across town.  Her new landlady Ella wants to be friends but her own problems cause difficulties for them both.  Ella gradually becomes more and more obsessed with Charley with chilling results.   There are violent scenes and erotic scenes within the same book and this bears no relation to the feel good factor from The Second Chance Shoe Shop. The book draws you in and at times is almost difficult to carry on reading as Ella’s mental health declines and is reflected in some horrific behaviour.  Despite all this I am sure this book is one I will read over and over

 

Rating 5 out of 5

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