About the author (as seen on press release)
Monika Jephcott Thomas grew up in Dortmund Mengede, north-west Germany. She moved to the
UK in 1966, enjoying a thirty year career in education before retraining as a therapist. Along with her partner Jeff she
established the Academy of Play & Child Psychotherapy in order to support the twenty per cent of children who have
emotional, behavioural, social and mental health problems by using play and the creative Arts. A founder member of
Play Therapy UK, Jephcott Thomas was elected President of Play Therapy International in 2002. Fifteen Words by
Monika Jephcott Thomas (published by Clink Street Publishing, Late 2016
Publication date: 10th October 2017
Publisher: Clink Street
ISBN: Paperback 978-1-912262-02-1
Pages: 240 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format reading: Paperback
Copy provided by: Faye- Authoright
Blurb (as seen on the back cover)
It’s 1949 when Netta’s father Max is released from a Siberian POW camp and returns to his home in occupied Germany. But he is not the man the little girl is expecting – the brave, handsome doctor her mother Erika told her stories of.
Erika too struggles to reconcile this withdrawn, volatile figure with the husband she knew and loved before, and, as she strives to break through the wall Max has built around himself, Netta is both frightened and jealous of this interloper in the previously cosy household she shared with her mother and doting grandparents.
Now, if family life isn’t tough enough, it is about to get even tougher, when a murder sparks a police investigation, which begins to unearth dark secrets they all hoped had been forgotten.
I would just like to say a massive thank you to Faye from Authoright and Clink Street Publishing for kindly asking me to take part in this blog tour and for sending me a copy of The Watcher by Monika Jephcott Thomas to read and review!
As you will know from Monday this week I reviewed Fifteen words which you can check out here if you missed it! 12 Days Of Clink Street Publishing: Book Review On: Fifteen Words by Monika Jephcott Thomas and I also read I love You Billy Langlay which you can reas here! https://mariesbookboutique.wordpress.com/2019/04/14/blog-tour-book-review-on-i-love-you-billy-langley-by-monika-jephcott-thomas
The Watcher by Monika Jephcott Thomas follows Fifteen words. Netta’s father Max has returned home after many years of being in a Siberian POW camp, only Netta has never met him. Netta’s mother Erika has told her all about him but the man who return’s doesn’t seem to match up. Her parent’s are both doctors, her mother has set up a practice in there home and Max starts work at a local hospital. There is a lot of adjustments they all have to make, and it’s not an easy road for them. Max struggles with flash backs of his time in the POW camp and keeps things from Erika. Erika struggles to understand her husband and his new volatile ways. Netta struggles with the intrusion of her father but want’s his attention.
Then suddenly the family’s housekeeper is killed and brings suspicions and the police to there door. But there are secrets that are being held by this family. Little do the family know that they are not only being watched by the police but by someone else too! Netta’s parent’s become very aware of her getting painfully thin and send her away to a children’s home to recover. Are people from Erika and Max’s past going to be brought to light? Can Max tell his wife and child of his flash backs and his time in the POW camp? Is Netta really ok? Will she return home recovered? Will Netta get time with her father rather than the person who has returned home to her? Who is watching the family? and what do they want? Who killed the housekeeper?
The Watcher by Monkia Jephcott Thomas does follow Fifteen words but Monika included bits of information through Max’s flash backs providing an enough insight to this although I strongly recommend you read it because it is so good! The Watcher was not just gripping I felt very intrigued by just who was watching the family and why. I did feel for Max, Erika and Netta because each of them were dealing with different feelings and the adjustment of their family dynamic. I’m glad I read Fifteen words before this one because it gave me the chance to really connect with Max and Erika in particular. I thought this book was very well written and has raw emotion and mystery woven through. I like the fact Monika is showing a different perspective on this time in history and adding her own fictional story within her books, I feel she has educated me a bit about this time!
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