Under A Watchful Eye

Written by Adam Nevill

Review written by Maureen Ellis

Maureen Ellis is a keen reader in the crime genre. She regularly posts on Goodreads.com


Under A Watchful Eye
Macmillan
RRP: £12.99
Released: January 12 2017
HBK

Seb Logan is an author of some repute amongst his army of avid fans of the horror genre. His writing has enabled him to live an extremely pleasant life in a stylish, orderly home, overlooking the sea in Devon, but he's about to become the lead character (albeit unwillingly) in a real life nightmare, that could have escaped the pages of one of his books.

When Ewan, an old friend from University, walks back into Seb's life, things begin to take on a very sinister turn. Ewan has spent decades researching the paranormal, and in particular, the Afterlife. However, his research appears to have come at the cost of his sanity with his manic rants, as well as his personal hygiene, which has become non-existent, resulting in him resembling a rather dirty and particularly odorous vagrant, such is his obsession with his desire for the truth, above all else.

Seb wants nothing to do with Ewan, but Ewan has other ideas, and he manages to manipulate Seb, into doing his bidding, with some truly frightening results.

This was an imaginative, well written novel, with the tension building throughout to create some spine chilling moments. With Seb as the narrator, it was easy to share his experience of his once peaceful existence being shattered, and turning into one suffused with an air of menace. Definitely recommend for lovers of the supernatural.

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