Everyone has their secrets, and the powerful and rich Matson family is no different. During an art show at Prescott University, Sergeant Detective Angela White is called to the Matson family home, Pinebank, for a reported break in. What follows threatens to not only bring to light everyone's secrets, but these secrets could lead to some devastating consequences. With the simple words “watch her,” the lives of numerous people are sent down a path that may ultimately lead to devastating consequences years later. How far would you go to protect your secrets?
Watch Her is a novel that I greatly enjoyed and could not put down. This is Edwin Hill’s third novel in the Hester Thursby Mystery series, but I never felt as though I was missing something or misunderstanding things not having read the previous two novels. I really enjoyed the characters, especially the variety and differences amongst them. They are really representative of the world today, including characters that are gay, straight, transgendered, rich, not so rich, poor, women in traditionally male-dominated fields, and visa versa; they really cover the spectrum. The characters are relatable and realistic, with not only their secrets but also their fears, their ambitions and drive, their protective natures, and the way they react to the obstacles in life. Many of the themes in the novel make it a timely story, covering topics such as blended families, racism and hate, and boy’s clubs.
The style used by Hill, showing the action through the eyes of a number of characters, and the fact that the events take place over a short period of time, creates a page-turner of a novel that I could not put down. Hill also created some wonderful suspense as he jumped between characters. I was always anxious to turn the page to see what would happen next.
Watch Her is available December 29th! I highly recommend Watch Her to anyone who enjoys a good thriller with wonderful characters. Thank you to NetGalley for gifting me an electronic ARC of Watch Her by Edwin Hill, given in exchange for an honest review; all opinions are my own.