Review: The Watcher by Caroline Eriksson

The WatcherEscaping her broken marriage, successful author Elena settles into a hastily arranged sublet. Shattered, on the verge of coming unhinged, she’s unable to sleep, write, or even unpack. Then she discovers an innocent pastime to occupy her restless days and nights—watching her neighbors through the kitchen window. The Storms seem like the perfect family, but the more Elena sees and hears, the more she believes that there’s something terribly wrong in the house next door.

She’s certain she’s an eyewitness to a violent marriage that could be building to a murderous climax. It’s all a little frightening. It’s also inspiring. Elena hasn’t felt this creative in years. Now she’s imagining the worst. To confirm her suspicions, she decides to watch a little closer—by following Mr. and Mrs. Storm into their secret lives, if only to save them from themselves.

But as the dangers escalate, and the line between real and unreal threatens to dissolve, who will save Elena?


I decided to read The Watcher by Caroline Eriksson because it reminded me a bit of The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn.  Once I got the book, I started second guessing my decision because of the same reason why I picked the book. What if it ends up being too similar to The Woman in the Window? In the end, there were similarities but this was still unique in its own way.

Elena is house-sitting. She is a struggling author, who can’t seem to come up with any ideas for her next book. However, Elena sees something through her window that gets her writing again. Chapter after chapter, reality and fiction interspersed as Elena gets more involved in her neighbor’s lives.

I think what I enjoyed most in this book is not knowing what was real and what wasn’t. Elena was an unreliable character so I wasn’t so sure where I stood with her. In addition, some of her actions were downright suspect. I mean, who obsessively watches their neighbors? I am curious about some of my neighbors, especially one who keeps using her blender at odd hours. Seriously, I would like to know what she is up to in that apartment but I wouldn’t go as far as watching her.

The Watcher turned out to be an interesting read. Not the most original idea but still entertaining.

27 thoughts on “Review: The Watcher by Caroline Eriksson

    1. Thanks Nikola.Luckily,the author put a spin on it to make it interesting though I don’t think I will be reading similar premises anytime soon.

  1. Great review, Diana! I have this one. I enjoy reading books where I don’t know what is real or not too! Think I might need to move this one up! Glad to see you enjoyed it!

    1. haha, I like to do the same thing. Thanks Meggy. I think you’d enjoy this one. Though The Woman in the Window is also pretty good in terms of the neighbors angle.

    1. Thanks Jennifer. Definitely mixed but yes, I did enjoy most of the parts especially the unreliable narrator. She had me guessing all the way to the final page.

  2. I actually want to read The Woman In The Window even more now, even though this review is about The Watcher… Is that strange? Wonderful review!

    1. Thanks Norrie and yes it does. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as The Woman in the Window especially because of the similarities but it was an okay read in the end.

  3. To me the plot reminds me of The Girl on the Train. Probably not a good thing because I didn’t enjoy reading that book. But I’d still be willing to give this book a chance despite my dislike of that particular book.

    1. Yeah, unfortunately the premise isn’t very original. The whole watching other people through the window trope has really been overdone in thrillers. Not sure you’d enjoy this one though, especially since you didn’t GoTT.

  4. I loved Woman in the Window (and voted for it in one of the categories for GR) so I’ll check this one out. Great review ❤

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