Following the death of her husband and unborn child, Charley Belington sells the family home and bravely starts life over again. On moving into a new flat, she is befriended by her landlady, Ella, who seems like the perfect friend and confidante.
But, unbeknown to Charley, Ella is fighting her own dark and dirty demons as the fallout from a horrific childhood sends her spiralling down into madness—and unspeakable obsessions.
As Ella’s mind splinters, her increasingly bizarre attentions make Charley uneasy. But with every step Charley tries to take to distance herself, Ella moves in a tightening lockstep with her, closer and closer and closer…
‘Watching Over You is a tense, erotic thriller with one of the most terrifying antagonists I’ve ever read. The worst terrors are always those that hide closest to home and Charley’s experiences–negotiating her path alone–will be familiar to many. She is as vulnerable as any of us, stronger than she realises, and yet still in mortal danger. Charley is my new best friend, and Ella a terrifying villain–outwardly ordinary and utterly unhinged. Watching Over You is the book you’ll wish you could read from behind a cushion.’ —Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner
‘Wow! I can’t remember the last time a book unsettled me quite this much. Just reading about Ella made me feel grubby – mentally and physically – and it’s testament to Mel’s skills that she achieved such a feat. And Ella isn’t the only creepy character in the book. I’m never leaving my lights on and my curtains open again. You just don’t know who’s watching…’ —Cally Taylor, author of The Accident
‘Ella’s psychoses entranced me as I turned pages with the glee of a confirmed rubbernecker approaching a motorway pileup.’ —CrimeSquad.com
‘Sherratt is a unique voice in detective fiction.’ —Mail on Sunday
‘Watching Over You is an emotionally tense, captivating tale, brilliantly told.’ —Kirsty Greenwood, author of Yours Truly
‘Watching Over You is Mel’s best novel to date. The writing is tight and emotive in this unsettling story of inadequacy, jealousy and rage.’ —Pamreader.blogspot.com