A creepy page turner that will have you making sure you always stay in the light!
I was kindly gifted this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and to take part in the blog tour.
The Watchers by A.M Shine
Published 14th October
This forest isn’t charted on any map. Every car breaks down at its treeline. Mina’s is no different. Left stranded, she is forced into the dark woodland only to find a woman shouting, urging Mina to run to a concrete bunker. As the door slams behind her, the building is besieged by screams.
Mina finds herself in a room with a wall of glass, and an electric light that activates at nightfall, when the Watchers come above ground. These creatures emerge to observe their captive humans and terrible things happen to anyone who doesn’t reach the bunker in time.
Afraid and trapped among strangers, Mina is desperate for answers. Who are the Watchers and why are these creatures keeping them imprisoned, keen to watch their every move?
The whole premise with the eerie forest and this concrete coop in the middle of nowhere was really unsettling. These were definitely my favourite parts of the book and where I would say the most ‘horror’ type action happened. Although nothing gruesome is detailed, the fact that these ‘creatures’ were watching Mina and the others frightened me enough. I could picture those scenes perfectly and they really gave me chills.
Alongside this claustrophobic / being watched feeling, we are also introduced to the other characters sharing the coop with Mina as they try to survive and look for a way to escape. As they discover more about the concrete bunker that they are in, the tension ramps up even more and a chance to escape forms. As with all good horrors I always find the chase more frightening and A.M Shine did this wonderfully as they venture into the forest.
There is a pretty big twist, which I did guess very early on but I was still intrigued as to how it was all going to play out and again near the end there was a glimpse of that horror vibe from early on in the book which had me on the edge of my seat and an ending I wasn’t expecting.
Overall this was quite a tame horror but still had that claustrophobic feeling and eerie atmosphere that added to the tension. It was certainly a gripping page turner that I couldn’t put down — just make sure you read it with the lights on!