Watching You Without Me

Watching You Without Me

Book - 2019
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After her mother's sudden death, Karen finds herself acting as full-time caregiver to Kelli, her older sister who was born with a developmental disability. Karen starts to grasp the true aspect of Trevor's - one of Kelli's support workers - relationship with her mother. Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author Lynn Coady delivers a creepy and wholly compelling novel about the complex relationship between mothers and daughters and sisters, women and men, and who to trust and how to trust in a world where the supposedly selfless act of caregiving can camouflage a sinister self-interest.
Publisher: Toronto : Anansi, ♭2019.
ISBN: 9781487006884
Characteristics: 367 pages ;,21 cm.


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Oct 13, 2020

I read the book and got to the end and it was missing pages. The ebook has the ending the the book didn’t have an ending. So disappointing. Good book though.

Aug 26, 2020

This story has stuck with me and I find myself recommending it to friends. A read for my book club it wasn't one that I might have picked from the shelf, Coady is slow to develop the plot.
Just when I thought I had the plot all figured out, Coady throws a curveball. The title becomes very clear and the final chapter is nothing short of brilliant. Well worth plodding through the dark, strange parts. Coady's writing style has spark and charm.

Jul 19, 2020

I haven’t read a book set in Nova Scotia before, so I was really looking forward to this book. Karen has returned for the first time in ten years. She’s been dealing with the guilt over the death of her mother from cancer< now she finds herself the caregiver of her developmentally disabled sisters. Trevor, a home care worker, comes to help. And the reader hears the alarms going off, but Karen doesn’t. She needs the help, being a caretaker is exhausting. I’m stopping right there. The story is somewhat predictable, but that ‘s okay. Its also about maturing after you have grown up and how family is important.

Jun 13, 2020

It took me a long time to read this book. It is written in very prosaic language and the plot takes a long time to get into gear. I persevered and it was a slog, but I’m kinda/sorta glad I did. The very ordinariness of the setting and characters which seemed so boring for most of the novel, is actually what ended packing a major punch by the end of the novel. I think it would have been a better read if it had been shorter, but without giving anything away, the story has stuck with me.

Feb 21, 2020

It was an ok read.
However, I found the narrator’s referrals to certain future events frustrating. I would just be getting into it ,and poof , she would start referring to future events . By doing this you knew where it was going and the suspense was lost , at least for me.
It may be just me as I note others really liked this book.

Dec 16, 2019

just finished this haunting book! The writing is a little slow in telling the story however its slowly puling you into the story! The feelings of the younger sister towards her older mentally handicaped sister is real and true to life.The build up to the conclusion of this story is also well done. A really good story...well done!

debwalker Sep 28, 2019

Masterful tale of suspense set in Halifax.

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