Watching You Without Me

Watching You Without Me

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"Karen has come home to Nova Scotia for the first time in a decade to oversee her mother's funeral and tend to her affairs. Irene, a trained nurse, had spent her life caring for Karen's older sister Kelli, who was born with a developmental disability. Before her death, Irene had secured a placement for Kelli at the Seaside Care Facility, but after the funeral, in a fog of guilt and grief over her neglect of Irene and Kelli over the years, Karen starts to second-guess her mother's instructions. Not knowing which way to turn, she begins to depend on Trevor, one of Kelli's caregivers, for both advice and support, trusting him all the more once she learns how close he was to Irene. Slowly, Trevor insinuates himself into Karen and Kelli's lives.
Publisher: [Toronto] : House of Anansi Press Inc., 2019.
ISBN: 9781487006884
Branch Call Number: FIC Coady
Characteristics: 367 p. ; 21 cm.


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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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