Review - The Watcher, Ross Armstrong
You do want to Lily to succeed, as her clumsy and inept forays into investigating the murder of her neighbour are almost charming. She is a lone woman against the world and her husband is of little or no help. You do feel her frustration when the efforts of others to shut her down send her into further distress and disarray. Lily is one person who truly needs to get to the truth. The red herrings are largely due to the floundering of Lily herself and the structure of the murder mystery is not that complicated; you will need to wade in and wait quite a while for the major plot twist.
The recent popular novels referenced as comparisons to THE WATCHER do lead us to suspect an unreliable narrator, and it is this that drives the reader forward in what is otherwise a slow moving novel. What did Lily actually see? What interactions has Lily really had with her suspect neighbours and what is her involvement with the murder itself? THE WATCHER struggles to keep the action moving forward, and on reflection at novel’s end it is hard to determine why it is that Lily keeps persisting.