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 is as invisible as she first thought. Someone’s always watching.

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Title:  The Watcher
Series: A Kateri Fisher Mystery #1
Author:  Jennifer Pashley
Genre:  Thriller, Mystery
Published:  September 8, 2020
Publisher:  Crooked Lane Books
My Rating:  4 stars

The Watcher‘ will have you on edge throughout as the tensions build, the mystery deepens, and the danger looms ever closer.

Told from two points of view, Kateri’s and Shannon’s, we’ll get information as to what’s happening in this small, secretive town spread out over time.  As Kateri is new to the town and to the police force there, she’s already feeling like an outsider.  But time isn’t changing that perception as people in the town of Spring Falls keep their secrets very close.  When Pearl, the town hermit or recluse, goes missing leaving behind a pool of blood and a teenager who no one seems to have known much about Kateri is assigned the case.  She’s going to come up against a blank wall after wall in trying to put together clues, and she’s not getting much help from the other cops on the job or the residents.

This is a story that I really don’t want to say much about because you need to fall into this world and be surprised, even scared as the story progresses.  The details of every character, main or secondary, bring them to life easily making that ‘look over your shoulder creepy feeling’ even stronger.  It was hard to get a good take on Kateri for me.  I liked her but didn’t always understand the whys of what she was doing.  Shannon probably stole this story – and I don’t want to spoil your chance to see and understand Shannon for yourself.

I’m being vague on purpose for as a Thriller/Mystery you need to be surprised and not told every detail in advance.  ‘The Watcher‘ kept me reading long past bedtime, it often gave me shivers, insight into the characters, and a feeling of impending doom as it moved along.  I enjoyed myself in this world, and I’d certainly follow Kateri’s adventures into crimes and more.

If you enjoy a good Thriller, if Mystery or Crime drama is your thing, then ‘The Watcher‘ should be on your reading radar to pick up soon.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

Available for your favorite e-reader, mine is the Kindle.  Or in audio and hardback.