Can’t Wait Wednesday : The People Watcher by Sam Lloyd


“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was originally created by Breaking the Spine.  Unfortunately Breaking the Spine are no longer hosting so I’m now linking my posts up to Wishful Endings Can’t Wait Wednesday. Don’t forget to stop over, link up and check out what books everyone else is waiting for.  If you want to take part, basically, every Wednesday, we highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  This week my book is : The People Watcher by Sam Lloyd.  I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed (aka as loved and gushed extensively about) two books by this author: The Memory Wood and The Rising Tide  So, I’m very excited to see a new book on the horizon.  Here’s the description and cover (not sure if this is the final cover at this stage though.


‘I watch them because I think they need help.’

Mercy Lake likes to fix things. To fix people. Trapped inside during daylight hours, hostage to her phobias, she uses the cover of night to watch the people in her town. And if someone needs her help, she steps in – secretly and with compassion.

When Mercy meets Louis, her lonely, unusual life is suddenly filled with excitement. Because Louis likes intervening in other people’s lives too, only he prefers a more direct – even violent – approach. As they grow closer, Mercy is enchanted but frightened by his actions. How many lines is he willing to cross? And how much is he prepared to risk?

And then there’s Nadia. Nadia knows she’s being watched, even if the police think differently. But with her own secrets to protect, she’s not going to wait around for the watcher to make their move. She’s going to stop them dead.

‘Small acts of kindness are far less effective than fear’

Expected publication: June 2023


The Rising Tide by Sam Lloyd

Posted On 5 July 2021

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My Five Word TL:DR Review : I couldn’t put it down


I loved The Memory Wood by Sam Lloyd and now I can add The Rising Tide to the ‘loved it’ list too.

As the book starts we meet Lucy Locke.  Married to Daniel and with two lovely children, Fin and Billie, they seem to have an idyllic life.  Lucy runs a successful local business called the Drift Net which is a great community venue as well as local meeting spot.  They live in an impressive house that sits on top of the cliffs overlooking the sea and their love is as strong now as it ever was.  Daniel’s business seems to have hit a blip but it’s nothing they can’t get through together – until Daniel heads off to work one morning and Lucy’s life is turned upside down.

Daniel has taken the family yacht out to sea, the local rescue service have received a mayday, the boat has been found but nobody is aboard and one of the biggest storms of the century is fast approaching.  The police become involved and things escalate rapidly when it appears both children are also missing.

I can’t really go any further into the plot as that would reveal spoilers and I really don’t want to go there.

So, what worked really well for me with this?

Firstly, the writing is excellent and Lloyd sets the scene magnificently.  You can feel Lucy’s ever growing terror as she scrambles around, desperately worried about her family while the tension builds much like the approaching clouds and swollen sea.

Secondly, this is a writer who knows how to keep his cards close to his chest, slowly revealing information that gives you pause for thought.  You start to entertain doubts, and yet Lucy seems so steadfast, she loves her husband and he loves her.  Is she hiding something?  Is she delusional?  I started to entertain notions that I knew what was going on, Lloyd is excellent at misdirection however, feeding you snippets of things that look a certain way until you start to doubt everything and everyone.

The setting also plays into the plot so well.  This is one of those small seaside villages that feels almost claustrophobic and it seems that there are secrets and resentments lying just below the surface waiting to be revealed.   On the face of it, Lucy and her family are loved and respected but scratch the surface and you find people who are not quite so enamoured.

In terms of the characters.  Lucy is very well done.  She’s far from perfect and as you gather more information about her you’ll start to regard her more cautiously, maybe even start to have a few ‘what the heck’ moments in regards to some of her behaviour.  Some of it just doesn’t make sense, and I say again, is she delusional??  Then there’s DI Abraham Rose.  He definitely makes his presence known, there’s something about him that just seems to draw attention.  It’s like a bear has just entered the room and you can’t drag your eyes away.  Rose is on a mission of sorts, like a knight on a quest, he’s determined to get to the bottom of this mystery and only his failing health can stop him.  Is this family as perfect as we are first given to believe?

I didn’t really have any criticisms.  I really enjoyed this one, I think maybe the culprit was a little thinly drawn but I think that’s a combination of not wanting to give away the story too early on and then being caught up in the thick of the drama in such a way that there wasn’t really an opportunity to provide too much without losing momentum.

As it is, I really liked this, it held me gripped, I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough, it was an absolute roller coaster of ups and downs, it took me by surprise more than once and not always in a nice way, the writing is great, the tension and atmosphere stand out and I didn’t see the ending coming.  What more can I say?  I’ll be eagerly watching Sam Lloyd to see what he comes up with next.

I received a copy through Netgalley, courtesy of the publisher, for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.

My rating 4.5 of 5 stars.

Can’t Wait Wednesday : Mastermind: The Rising Tide by Sam Lloyd

Can't Wait Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was originally created by Breaking the Spine.  Unfortunately Breaking the Spine are no longer hosting so I’m now linking my posts up to Wishful Endings Can’t Wait Wednesday. Don’t forget to stop over, link up and check out what books everyone else is waiting for.  If you want to take part, basically, every Wednesday, we highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  This week my book is : The Rising Tide by Sam Lloyd.  I loved The Memory Wood and can’t recommend it enough so I was absolutely the most excited person ever when I saw this one:

TheRisingTideThe new pulse-pounding thriller from the bestselling author of THE MEMORY WOOD: beautifully written, evocative and dramatic, you will read it with your heart in your mouth.



The news doesn’t strike cleanly, like a guillotine’s blade. Nothing so merciful. This news is a slovenly traveller, dragging its feet, gradually revealing its horrors. And it announces itself first with violence – the urgent hammering of fists on the front door.

Life can change in a heartbeat.

Lucy has everything she could wish for: a beautiful home high on the clifftops above the Devon coast, a devoted husband and two beloved children.

Then one morning, time stops. Their family yacht is recovered, abandoned far out at sea. Lucy’s husband is nowhere to be found and as the seconds tick by, she begins to wonder – what if he was the one who took the boat? And if so, where is he now?

As a once-in-a-generation storm frustrates the rescue operation, Lucy pieces together what happened onboard. And then she makes a fresh discovery. One that plunges her into a nightmare more shocking than any she could ever have imagined . . .

Expected Publication August 2021

No Wondrous Reads ‘word’ this week – mainly because I forgot to highlight any words this week.  Doh.

December Countdown, Day 28 : Candlelight

December book meme (details here).  Candlelight – a book that kept you up into the early hours :


Weekly Wrap Up : 1st March 2020

It’s March – it’s actually March.  Who can believe it. I’ve had a busy week again – I sound like a scratched record.  Basically, same old, same old. I read two of my planned books this week.  Also nearly finished another SPFBO and will soon be starting the next – I need to catch up with my titles over March and April but I’m chilled about it because I’ve not got as many review books over the next two months.  So, what did I read this week:

  1. Crownbreaker by Sebastien deCastell – which was a great ending to a wonderful series. Review here.
  2. The Memory Wood by Sam Lloyd – which I absolutely loved. And my review is here.

What I’m reading next week:

  1. Starsight by Brandon Sanderson (audio) – I have made progress and I’m really enjoying it so should finish it probably Monday.
  2. The Deep by Alma Katsu
  3. The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

Upcoming Reviews:

  1. King of the Road by RS Belcher
  2. Queenlayer by Sebastien DeCastell
  3. The Absinthe Earl by Sharon Lynn Fisher
  4. King of Assassins by RJ Barker

I’d love to know what you’re reading this week.

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