Searching For Love
Watching Edie by Camilla Way is a contemporary psychological thriller. It is very raw and hauntingly disturbing but an absolute masterpiece. The reader is drawn into the story from the very start and remains hooked to the end.
The story is split into two different time periods – ‘before’ and ‘after’, each with a separate narrator. The two periods are seventeen years apart. The reader becomes intimately acquainted with both Edie and Heather, and is drawn into their stories.
The novel is about a search for love. A search for love that will become so desperate that one will go to any lengths to achieve.
The theme of grief links in with the search for belonging. “For all the clocks in our house, time never moves on for any of us.” Grief is dealt with in different ways by different people. Life is never the same again. One has to get used to a new type of normal. Some people never recover from their loss.
Running in tandem with the search for belonging is the theme of friendship. Friendship can take various forms. Sometimes friendship is on an equal footing. At other times it is unbalanced, with one person being more needy.
There are memories running throughout. Memories can be painful. “I curl up in a ball, my eyes shut tight, my hands over my ears trying desperately to block the memories out.” Memories can soothe or they can haunt us. In the case of the latter, they need to be dealt with and not buried or they will resurface later. “It’s time to draw a line under the past and move on.”
There are some uncomfortable events in the novel that include drug taking and gang behaviour and abuse. The reading is not always pleasant but then life is not always pleasant.
This was my first novel by Camilla Way. She is clearly a very talented and clever writer and I look forward to reading more by her.
I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. No monetary compensation was received and all views expressed are my own.