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The Watcher

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The Watcher by Ross Armstrong

She’s watching you, but who’s watching her?

Lily Gullick lives with her husband Aiden in a new-build flat opposite an estate which has been marked for demolition. A keen birdwatcher, she can’t help spying on her neighbours.

Until one day Lily sees something suspicious through her binoculars and soon her elderly neighbour Jean is found dead. Lily, intrigued by the social divide in her local area as it becomes increasingly gentrified, knows that she has to act. But her interference is not going unnoticed, and as she starts to get close to the truth, her own life comes under threat.

But can Lily really trust everything she sees?

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 Author’s Bio

Ross Armstrong is an actor and writer based in North London. He studied English Literature at Warwick University and acting at RADA. He’s performed on stage with the RSC in shows such as Oppenheimer in the West End and with the Donmar in Hamlet on Broadway, as well as numerous TV appearances including Foyles War, Jonathan Creek, Mr Selfridge, DCI Banks and the upcoming series of Ripper Street. The Watcher is his first novel.

My Review

4 stars

Lily and Aiden Gullick live in a newly build flat. Lily likes t watch birds but finds herself looking into her neighbor’s windows on the building across from hers. This building is supposed to be demolished but there are still some people that have not left and Lily is fascinated by them and finds herself watching them more than the birds. She then see’s a light on in the building and goes to investigate and meets Jean. Jean is dragging her feet about moving but the next day she is discovered dead. Lily goes to the police about what she knows and they seem interested. But then Lily is receiving phone calls from Jean and Lily becomes the one being spied on.

Lily seems to just be another person trying to entertain herself when she starts being fascinated by the people in the building across from her. But there is so much more to her than what initially see. This gives an added layer of creepy to the events.

The first thing I thought of when I read the summary of this book was Rear Window and this book easily delivers. Although I didn’t really like Lily, this story will draw you in and leave you creeped out. The more I read the more I was getting the chills; it’s scary to think about what could happen just from someone watching you.

This is a good thriller and one that will keep you up late with all the lights on and the curtains firmly closed. This is a great debut for Ross Armstrong. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

I received The Watcher from Mira for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Neespaugot: Legend of the Indian's Coin by John Mugglebee

Neespaugot: Legend of the Indian's Coin by John MugglebeeNeespaugot: Legend of the Indian’s Coin by John Mugglebee

Publisher: Brandt Street Press (May 29, 2017)
Category: Historical Fiction, Native American Fiction, African American Fiction
Tour dates: Sept-Oct, 2017
ISBN: 978-0974260792
Available in Print & ebook, 378 pages
Neespaugot

Melba Blue Jay, sixteen, scrambling up a snow-filled mountain path, her knife at a child’s throat. Archie Chung at the helm of the South Pacific Belle, foremast snapped like a toothpick, barreling toward a coral reef. Spindly Lydia Freeman, skin the color of dark ale, feeding tea made of birch bark to an Irish murderess. Zeke Roxxmott teetering at three hundred feet on the five-inch ledge of his penthouse, bent on a flawless destruction.

Adventurers, inextricably linked by a bloodline… and an Indian’s coin.

Where history and imagination meet!

John Mugglebee’s Neespaugot is based on the real-life exploits of his own ancestors. A sweeping historical saga of his Native American, African American, Scots-Irish, Chinese, Russian Jewish family, it spans three centuries with adventures that keep you turning page after page. You’ll fall in love with these characters, who stay with you long after you’ve put the book down.

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About John MugglebeeNeespaugot: Legend of the Indian's Coin by John Mugglebee

John Mugglebee is a racial and ethnic jigsaw puzzle. His heritage, in chronological order, includes Native American, African American, Scots-Irish, Chinese and Russian Jew. John has said there were two major factors that shaped him as a person and a writer. One was “Being colored but not knowing which color.”

The other was upheaval. Born in Massachusetts, at age eleven he was uprooted to Southern California in the midst of the ’60s race riots. Growing up, John was told family stories that had been passed down for generations. Neespaugot is loosely based on those stories.

He currently lives in the South of France, where he heads a language laboratory for French Civil Aviation. John graduated from Dartmouth and earned a master’s in creative writing from Colorado State University. His previous novel, Renaissance in Provence, was published in 2004.

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My Review

5 Stars

This is an amazing story that spans 400 years. We start with Runinniduk, a Native American PawWaw or sorcerer. He is given on of the first coins minted in America in exchange for translating the Bible. He is the one that decides to help the colonist’s survive. But when an Indian village is destroyed, Runinniduk is blames because of his blond and blue eyed features. He is punished but later goes on to join the Indian counsel.

We then see the coin pass from Runinniduk to his granddaughter Melba Blue Jay. We then follow her hard story around the world. We continue to see the coin passed from hand to hand and location to location until it ends in present day where a daughter is trying to get her inheritance from her father.

This is a wonderful and rich history of the world and the people in it. It shows how blood lines have been muddied throughout that years and how horrible many people were treated. When you realize that this is based on real life events it humbles you to realize this and worse has happened.

This is a great story that might not be your normal read. Don’t let that stop you from reading this book. It is one that should be on everyone’s shelves.

I received Neespaugot: Legend of the Indian’s Coin from Teddy at Premier Virtual Author Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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