Jennifer Pashley, the author of “The Watcher” has written a dark, intriguing, captivating and suspenseful novel. The genres for this book are mystery, thriller, suspense, crime-novel, and fiction. The timeline for this story is set in the author’s present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters and events in the story. The setting for this story is mostly in an upstate New York town, by the isolated woods. The author describes her characters as quirky, dysfunctional, unusual, desperate, each with their own set of problems. Investigating the unique case is a woman detective, Kateri Fisher, who feels like an outsider in this town. There are betrayals, threats, danger, crimes, and murder. If you are sensitive to topics such as drugs, rape, and murder, be aware they are discussed in this story.
The Jenkins family has been living in a house by the woods. Pearl, the mother is prepared to run with the family at any given moment. She seems to be in fear of her husband who is in jail, accused of arson, where his family was almost killed. Shannon, is her son, who takes on the responsibility of earning money to help pay for bills, and wants to protect his young sister.
Pearl has cameras set around the property, and keeps both Shannon and her young daughter captive in their home. Only one day, Kateri Fisher finds that there is evidence that Pearl is dead. The leading suspect is her son Shannon. It also seems that Kateri finds Pearl’s young daughter in the closet. Kateri takes the daughter to the hospital to make sure she is emotionally and physically healthy.
This is an action filled book, and there are twists and turns, and strange and unusual suspects. There is dark and hopeless feel of darkness and despair in this story. It is almost like everybody is being watched, and has nothing to lose by their actions. I would recommend this edgy, chilling thriller for readers.