The Empty Nest – Sue Watson / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @suewatsonwriter




‘Sometimes we can’t see what’s right in front of us, Kat. Everyone has secrets, even the people we love, the people we live with…’

Kat remembers the days when her only daughter Amy wouldn’t leave her side. Amy was the baby who cried when you walked out of the room, the toddler who was too shy to speak to strangers, the small child who clung to Kat’s legs in the school playground.

But now Amy is grown up, and Amy is gone – to university in a town several hours away. Kat’s house – which once felt too full, too noisy, too busy – is deathly quiet, and Kat awaits the daily phone call to tell her that her beloved daughter is thriving and happy.

But one day Amy doesn’t call. Kat’s husband and friends think she is being paranoid – surely Amy is just out, having fun with her friends. But Kat knows right away that something is very wrong. Her daughter would never forget to call. She would never just disappear… After all, Amy has nothing to run from. Or does she?



My review

This author wrote feel good books before and her thrillers make me feel pretty good as well. The way she manages to tell a story and to capture the reader’s attention is really fabulous. 

The empty nest syndrome : something I will be able to relate to in a few years as well. I am also very close to my son, but I don’t think (hope 😉 ) that I am obsessed. Of course I cannot compare the rest of my life to Kat’s. I am sure that if I went through the same things, I would react differently too.

Little by little the secrets are revealed. I had an inkling about one of them but apart from that I went round in circles. I was constantly changing my mind about who was responsible for what had happened.

Did I pick the right one in the end? Of course not 🙂 And that is what I love about books that are so well concocted : you have to wait until the last chapter to be able to satisfy your curiosity.

I cannot give this story any less than 5 stars.

Thank you, Sue Watson and Bookouture (via Netgalley)


About the author

Sue Watson was a TV Producer at the BBC until she wrote her first book and was hooked. 

USA Today bestselling author, Sue has written fifteen novels – many involving cake – which have been translated into several languages and involved tough ‘cake research.’ Sue is now exploring the darker side of life with her thrillers OUR LITTLE LIES, THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR and THE EMPTY NEST. Writing in this new genre doesn’t involve the deep research of baked goods and Sue’s hoping the change in direction will be reflected on the weighing scales.

Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where much of her day is spent procrastinating, eating and watching ‘My 600lb Life,’ on the sofa.  


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