En-route to a house sitting assignment in rural island Mina (and her pet parrot) are forced to stay in a home with a dark secret.
While she thinks this is the big issue, when darkness falls another unseen force comes to terrorise her and the other inhabitants of this house.
Shine’s tale begins quite earnestly and we get to know Mina, who certainly grows and develops as a character as the larger story starts to unfold.
There is much more to ‘The Watchers’ than initially appears and Shine does well to drip feed the narrative to us before revealing the bigger picture which has such scale and depth, it will keep you turning page after page.
The Watchers captures a similar paranoia as Birdbox, with the trapped people not knowing how and when they can escape the stronghold without being attacked. This adds a layer of distrust amongst Mina and the group she is stuck with, can they be trusted? Are they who they say they are? I guess you will have to read to find.
Overall this is a brisk, at times scary but thoroughly enjoyable read.
The Watchers by A.M Shine is released on 14th October 2021 by Aria and Aries.