Their lives are a lie. Their memories may not be their real memories. A new psychological thriller by #1 NYT bestselling author, Kelley Armstrong.
The experiment began with the best of intentions. Take a young child who is responsible for a traumatic death. Maybe their entire family perished in a fire they set. Maybe they shoved their sibling off a balcony during an argument. If the child is too deeply traumatized — and stigmatized — to ever lead a normal life, wouldn’t it be better if they just . . . forgot?
It was a three-pronged approach: erase their memories, insert new ones, and return them to their parents or place them with a new family.
Blythe and her friends Tucker, Tanya, and Gabrielle, are now teenagers, attending a local high school, falling in and out of love with each other. But then a shocking event happens at school: Gabrielle is found covered in blood in front of their deceased principal, with no memory of what happened. It’s becoming apparent that their pasts weren’t erased — they were just walled up, and now those walls are crumbling.
Title : Someone Is Always Watching
Author : Kelley Armstrong
Format : eARC
Page Count : 352
Genre : YA mystery
Publisher : Tundra Book Group
Release Date : April 11, 2023
Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★
Hollis’ 3 star review
I highly recommend going into this without reading the synopsis, which is what I did, because I see now that it actually gives almost the whole game away. This thriller works a lot better when you have the mystery of set-up (the whats and the whys) to contend with, too — though I’ll admit it isn’t full-on thriller, though maybe it’s enough for the YA demographic?
Having said that, obviously this has not become my new favourite thing but I still think it was a fascinating premise and enjoyed how the events, and reveals, unfolded. With one major exception being the whoddunit of it all. While I absolutely think the little twist about their role in the whole thing is great, and the quandaries it reveals (about the whole thing, really), the methods seem.. sus.
Yep, I’m being even more vague than usual, but it’s a mystery (I’m calling it this now instead of thriller), come on, how else can I talk about this?
Regardless, if you’re an Armstrong fan, I’m sure this is already on your radar and while it’s more mystery than edge of your seat suspense, the issue at the heart of the story is compelling. Will I forget about this one in a month’s time? Probably. But I still had a good time.
** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **