Someone is Always Watching

Title: Someone is Always Watching
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Source: Netgalley. I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.
YA Thriller
Trigger Warnings: Gaslighting, Murder
Summary: Blythe and her friends—Gabrielle, and brother and sister Tucker and Tanya—have always been a tight friend group, attending a local high school and falling in and out of love with each other. But an act of violence has caused a rift between Blythe and Tucker . . . and unexpected bursts of aggression and disturbing nightmares have started to become more frequent in their lives.

The strange happenings culminate in a shocking event at school: Gabrielle is found covered in blood in front of their deceased principal, with no memory of what happened.

Cracks in their friendship, as well as in their own memories, start appearing, threatening to expose long-forgotten secrets which could change the group’s lives forever. How can Blythe and her friends trust each other when they can’t even trust their own memories?

My Thoughts:

If I had to describe this book in one word it would be wild.

The characters in this book were interesting, with a pretty good variation of personalities, motives and reactions to the situations that arise.

I’ll admit, I had seen some other reviews of this book which called it predictable but I definitely did not figure out what truly was going on, and whodunnit so to speak until the book basically spelled it out for me, so at the same time as most of the characters within it.

It really is both a psychological thriller, as well as a mystery.

There was also no way I was going to put this book down until I knew further what was going to happen to the kids, and what crimes (depending on how you see it) the adults committed against them.

It also brings to question the thought of nature versus nurture within society, and if you can really change someone who has committed heinous acts, or someone who hasn’t into committing them.

I’d recommend this to anyone who loved the YA thrillers of the late eighties and early nineties. This book is reminiscent of those, and will keep you gripped in its clutches. It had me rushing to go back to it after just the first chapter.


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