Review: Watch Over Me – Daniela Sacerdoti.

Moving onwards with my read through the first unread books I come across while packing to move later this week, I settled on this. I’ve only read Daniela’s Sarah Midnight series, so her adult books were unknown to me.

And it’s a nice quick read, as are most books I’ve read in this vein. For a change Eilidh is an extremely likeable character, and not completely jaded by her past. Her marriage fell apart, her husband having a girlfriend while she dedicated years trying – and failing – to have a child. She finally gets pregnant, miscarries, and then ends the marriage, returning to Scotland for a fresh start.

Then there’s her childhood friend Jamie. A one night stand brought Janet back into his life as she fell pregnant – they married and tried to make it work, but she left for London to pick up her career, having nothing to do with their daughter Maisie bar paying money into a bank account.

And right now, you’ve probably got an ending in your head. And unless it involves cyborgs or Armageddon, I’m pretty sure you’re right. Having the entire ending pinned down within the first two introductory chapters was a bit of an issue, but with two oddly likeable characters, the ride’s still quite fun anyway.

Then there’s the split narrative, which works. It’s more than just the leading duo, with the oddest appearance being Jamie’s dead mother Elizabeth. The spiritual nature of it will work for some people, and it’s nice and touching and all that stuff, but the way it reads is that this is a pantomime, and when her chapter comes around the whole cast freeze in dimmed lights as she stands at the front with her monologue. “And, we’ll see what happens,” she’d say, raising her hand and indicating to the cast who move on with the plot.

That was my reading of it anyway. It felt a bit odd, whereas I can see it reading more powerful to others. Predictability aside, it was still good. Love, loss, strength and new beginnings, it was a fun story of schoolyard politics in parents, and finding the strength not to get caught up in the past.

[★★★]
Black & White Publishing
@heathermmcd

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