by Sara Davison
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date April 15, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction, Suspense
Setting: Canada Contemporary
Written for: Adults
Someone or something is watching Kathryn Ellison.
Kathryn thought she had buried memories of That Night for good—until Nick Lawson returns, reigniting her long-suppressed feelings for him. Seeing Nick has always reminded her too much of the horrible night that changed her life. As much as she wants to be with him, she wants even more to forget. When Nick unexpectedly shows up at her family ranch, Kathryn knows it is finally time to let go of the traumatic past that has held her captive for so long.
David Henley is a captive too—of the dark secret involving Kathryn, a secret he’s kept even from his wife. Now the truth is about to be revealed. And when it is, he could be stripped of everything in his life that matters to him.
A storm is brewing in the spiritual realm, and its effects reverberate through the natural world, summoning otherworldly Beings to the ranch. While Kathryn confronts the memories of That Night and struggles to let them go, she is not as alone in her home as she thinks.
As spiritual and temporal forces collide, Kathryn—and everyone she loves—is about to be caught in the crossfire.
Christian fiction that deals with a sensitive subject.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Heart-rending, The Watcher had me experiencing just about every emotion possible and deeply affected me. I found myself mulling over the things I read for quite some time after finishing it.
The Watcher’s identity remained hidden until the very end. There were hints of exactly who she was, and it was clear the type of being she was, yet the critical element of her name was omitted – intentionally, I should add. And I have to admit to strong temptations to peek at the last page because of that – more than once. Many times more than once. And I don’t do that. Ever!
There is a very strong faith element to the story, especially because of who The Watcher was. One central theme was that of forgiveness – but not just toward one who asked for it – and not just from one slightly wronged. And the ramifications of that forgiveness being granted reverberated through the lives of many others amazingly and beautifully.
So many spiritual truths flowed from the pages! One of my favorite visual depictions was that of how justice and mercy, while so different in nature, partnered to create the most beautiful dance!
As I was reading, I realized I haven’t read a story recently narrated by one who knows the thoughts and emotions of the characters – and it made me want to find more stories that do this. Despite the harrowing experiences of That Night and the pain that followed Kathryn and David, there was a comfort in the manner in which it was told that everything would work out.
Now for a brief caution. I do not recommend this to younger readers. The sensitive nature of the events of That Night could be disturbing despite the delicate manner in which they were related.
Readers who enjoy Christian fiction that delves deep below the surface of matters to challenge their faith and their walk with the Lord will want to be sure to read The Watcher.