BOOK CLUB: The Watchers

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The Watchers by A.M Shine, published by Head of Zeus, is a horror adventure story, set in an Irish forest. That alone was enough to get me intrigued!

Throw in a broken down car, and you know it’s going to be a page turner.

This novel was jam-packed with beautiful, descriptive writing, portraying the imagery of the setting. Mina goes to deliver a bird as a favour to a friend, and it is then that her car breaks down, on the edge of a forest.

Feeling helpless, and scared, Mina is forced to look for help. She hears a woman screaming, urging her to go to a concrete bunker, but once there, the door slams closed, and Mina is trapped with three others, and the bird, as she learns the story of the Watchers.

Every night the Watchers come out, trapping the people in the bunkers… every night, they have to be in the bunkers, before the Watchers come out.

This book has such atmosphere, and creepiness, and is an ideal read for the Halloween season, or any time you want some spookiness in your life!

Thanks to Beauty & Lace and Head of Zeus for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Author: A.M. Shine
ISBN: 9781801102131
Copy courtesy of Head of Zeus

A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are reading The Watchers by A.M. Shine. You can read their comments below, or add your own review.

5 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: The Watchers

  1. The Watchers is a horror ,thriller set in Ireland.

    For 200 euros Mina agrees to deliver a bird in a cage to Connemara. Should be easy money!

    She is given a map, which is quite useless ,soon she is lost.

    At the edge of a forest her car mysteriously stops, there is no phone reception.
    She has no food and little water. As it is daylight, she decides to walk for help.
    Stumbling through the forest carrying the bird, she hears a woman yell. “ Run……get inside quickly “

    The woman slams the door behind them. Nina finds her self inside a concrete bunker with 3 others.

    She is about to learn about “ the watchers”.
    Will they ever be able to escape them!

    A rather scary read, but it certainly keeps you enthralled, wanting to find out if Nina and the others will ever get back home. Thrills and shocks to the very last page !

  2. The Watchers by A.M. Shine is an Irish horror novel that is terrifying but so good!

    Mina is a struggling artist living by herself in the city, her family ties are not strong, and she often feels alone. When asked by her friend Peter if she would like to earn some money by delivering a parrot to a buyer in Connemara she agrees. driving down the long remote roads near an uncharted forest in Galway her car breaks down right at the edge of a forest.

    Little does Mina know that every car breaks down where her car has stopped. With no other car on the road to flag down for help she decides to head into the forest with parrot in tow. As she goes deeper into the forest she questions her motives but is relieved when she finds a woman yelling at her to get inside a shelter.

    When inside she discovers there are three other people, Madeline, Daniel and Ciara. They explain to Mina the rules; they are allowed to go out in daylight and find an escape but so far no one has been successful. You must always make it back before nightfall, if you don’t terror reigns, The Watchers come out and even though you can’t see them they can see you. Who are The Watchers and what are they doing in the forest? Will they ever escape and if caught by The Watchers what will happen to them?

    I am obsessed with horror and The Watchers did not disappoint. It is full of action, and suspense with an intense protagonist who will give it her all. I was hooked by every twist and the progression of the story itself, taking us through different phases. Although there are plenty of shocking moments on the page, the true horror of the work comes from the terror of the human mind itself, and I really appreciated that.

    This riveting story captures the imagination and contains the elements in which nightmares are born. Superbly written, the plot held me spellbound and breathless from the first page to the last.

    There is jump scares, but they made the reading experience incredible. The book cover may seem plain, but I found it very eye-catching, especially when you read the story. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves to read horror and suspense.

    Thank you, Beauty and Lace and Head of Zeus for the opportunity to read and review.

  3. The Watchers by A.M. Shine is one for the lovers of horror!
    You won’t be disappointed.
    A struggling young Artist agrees to a paid road trip to deliver an exotic bird.
    All her plans are thrown into disarray when her car stops dead on the edge of a forest.
    She decides to go looking for help.
    The help she finds is a woman screaming to her to run and get inside a concrete shelter.
    That is the beginning of a nightmare she doesn’t believe she will escape from!
    Wonderfully written with such exact descriptions of the surroundings, the desolation,
    and the fight for their lives.
    This will drag you in and have you on the edge of your chair, until the final page.
    I highly recommend The Watchers to lovers of Horror.
    Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Head of Zeus for the opportunity to read and review this great book.

    1. The situation in this book is truly one of my worst nightmares.
      Mina is being paid to deliver a bird for a friend but on the way her car breaks down deep in the Irish Forest. With no sign of anyone to help her she starts wandering through the forest where she comes across a women who tells her to run to a concrete bunker.
      There she meets three others who are stuck in this game with the Watchers who allow them to leave the bunker by day to try and escape but have to be back by night.

      This book is perfect for anyone who loves horror as it has just the right amount of scare and mystery to keep you interested. It is really well written and is very descriptive. I can only hope that this nightmare nevers plays out in real life although I would love to see it be made into a movie.

      Thanks to Head of Zeus and Beauty and Lace for giving me the opportunity to read this book.

  4. I don’t read many scary books these days but I was intrigued by this one. Mina is a young struggling artist and agrees to make a delivery for a friend to make some cash. On the way her car breaks down outside a forest that isn’t charted on any map, she is plunged into a nightmare, and is alive only thanks to a mysterious woman and the bunker she locks behind them.

    This book is like a Grimm gothic take and it’s creepy! The authors style really draws out the spookiness of the forest. It’s part horror, part thriller, part mystery and draws you in as you continue though and connect with the circumstances Mina and the other characters find themselves in.

    I really enjoyed the inclusion of Irish mythology in this book and how well it was weaved into the storyline. Great storytelling! The story can feel a little slow in parts but I feel this is intentional to create suspense. Be prepared for a few scares and to be drawn in.So if you like going to bed, with the light on, this book is for you.

    Thank you, Beauty and Lace and Head of Zeus for the opportunity to read and reviewThis book.

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