Dougie Jamieson is a pillar of the community. He’s won awards for his work with children, his brother is a chief inspector and he runs the neighbourhood watch scheme.
But Esther Pooley sees him differently.
After a road rage incident, she’s convinced he’s the person terrorising her and husband, Charlie, at their suburban dream home.
As the stakes begin to rise, they must decide if bricks and mortar are worth more than their relationship, with Charlie stuck on the toughest of all dilemmas. How far will he go to protect his wife?
‘Watched’ by Kerry Wilkinson is a tension-charged thriller which demonstrates how easy it is for an individual to turn another person’s life miserable in so many different ways.
After two years living with her rather irritating parents, Esther and her husband Charlie Pooley have at last moved into their new dream home. The house, situated in another town, still needs a complete makeover but the Pooleys are happy to finally have their own space, their love nest. Charlie is also starting an exciting new job.
One day, whilst Esther is driving through the as yet unfamiliar roads in that area, she is involved in an accidental and harrowing run-in with a local thug, Dougie Jamieson. He follows her in his car, threatens her and leaves her terrorised. This encounter will prove pivotal for her and her husband as from then on their lives spiral out of control, their happiness is shattered and they will never be the same again.
To everyone in that community, Dougie Jamieson is positively recognised for his award winning work with disabled children. For the Pooleys he proves to be the incarnation of the devil himself as he will literally turn their lives to hell.
Living close by, Dougie and his partner Leah turn their mischievous attention on the Pooleys and begin to inflict all imaginable forms of bullying and vandalism on them and their property. The severity of this victimisation escalates gradually from hung up calls and rubbish dumped on their driveway to such an extent where the victims even doubt their very own sanity.
Will the bullying ever cease? To which extremes will it arrive? Will the Pooleys ever manage to defeat Dougie and live happily in their new home? How far is Charlie ready to go to safeguard his wife?
Short chapters with alternating Esther's and Charlie's p.o.v. make this an easy and enjoyable read. The suspense increases from one chapter to the next until the last chapter is reached which in my opinion is the strongest of all. Certainly I didn't expect and was really surprised by the final abrupt twist. Unlike some other readers who may have not, I understood the ending and made my mind on who did what, but still, though believable, I felt it to be a little exaggerated for this story. Some elements may be somewhat repetitive, however being free from any extreme gore or sex scenes which may disturb some readers, this is a very good read and I recommend it to everyone.