Blackwood Bay. An ordinary place, home to an extraordinary secret … Final Cut by S J Watson #bookreview #blogtour @SJ_Watson @alisonbarrow @annecater

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Final Cut by S J Watson on my blog today. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.

I do have a confession to make however. This is the first book by S.J. Watson I have read and now I am determined to catch up on what I have missed out on.

Final Cut by [S J Watson]


Blackwood Bay. An ordinary place, home to ordinary people.

It used to be a buzzing seaside destination. But now, ravaged by the effects of dwindling tourism and economic downturn, it’s a ghost town – and the perfect place for film-maker Alex to shoot her new documentary.

But the community is deeply suspicious of her intentions. After all, nothing exciting ever happens in Blackwood Bay – or does it?

Blackwood Bay. An ordinary place, home to an extraordinary secret.


Final Cut by S.J. Watson is an intense slow-burner which pulls you into the atmospheric setting. This is the first book I have read by S.J. Watson, and I enjoyed it. Filmmaker, Alex Young, travels to Blackwood Bay where a decade ago, three young girls disappeared. Alex’s appearance in the village causes some upheaval, and it isn’t certain if the locals welcome her presence or not. To some, she’s there disturbing things which a best left forgotten. But Alex is determined to find out what happened to those girl’s and to put a stop to whatever it is that’s been going on in this village for years. Whatever’s going on didn’t end when the girls went missing, it’s still happening now. And now another girl has gone missing.

I found Blackwood Bay to be a very gloomy place; S.J. Watson builds on the atmospheric setting as the story progresses. You can feel that this is a town with closely guarded secrets, and as I was reading, I wanted to get to the bottom of what was going on. You can feel Alex being drawn further and further into the mystery of the missing girls. It seems as well that there are people out to stop her from getting closer to the truth.

I thought Alex was a really engaging and likeable character. She isn’t without her own mysterious past, and this is what also kept me engaged in her story. As the plot progresses, there are some chilling revelations about Alex, and you begin to wonder what this is all really about for her. And this is where I can’t say anything more about the plot as I don’t want to spoil it for you.

S.J. Watson manages to capture small town life. You can see this in the relationships between the characters, and how they all talk about each other, which isn’t something that you get in a big city. What he also does explore is how quickly it seems people can turn a blind eye to what is going on in the town. If it doesn’t affect them, it’s none of their business.

The tension towards the end really turns up a notch as we begin to understand the truth behind the girl’s disappearances and what has been happening in Blackwood Bay. There are some shocking and disturbing revelations which bring everything together into a satisfying conclusion. Nothing is as it seems in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Final Cut is a haunting and an atmospheric read.

Publisher: Transworld

Publication date: 6th August 2020

Print length: 416 pages

Final Cut is available to buy:

Amazon UK  Kobo  Waterstones


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