Watch Me Disappear

Novel, published by Sceptre, March 2006

‘Hovers between a mystery novel and an impressionistic poem….joyous and sexy.’
– Anna Shapiro The Guardian


Long-listed for the Orange Prize.

‘Deservedly nominated for the 2006 Orange Award for fiction, WMD is clever, compelling and impressive. Its characters and their discoveries stay with you long after you’ve closed the covers, which is surely the mark of an accomplished piece of fiction.’

‘…a compelling, haunting and intelligent read.’
– Daily Mail

‘The precison and skill of her writing lift this subtle novel about a woman’s childhood into disturbing emotional territory. ‘
– Lucy Atkins, Sunday Times

‘It is impressive and unsettling when a novelist gets under the skin of a child and filters their sinister experiences convincingly. In recent years, Michael Frayn has done it in Spies, Mavis Cheek in Patrick Parker’s Progress and Joseph Connelly in Love is Strange. Watch Me Disappear is another fine example….an unusually skilful and haunting novel.’
– Sam Phipps, Sunday Herald

‘Slow-burning, spine-crawling…It is a compelling, haunting and intelligent read.’
– Amanda Craig, Daily Telegraph

‘An outstanding novel…Intense, intelligent and compelling’
– Daily Telegraph

‘The flavour of the 1970s is so accurate you can taste it…An unusually skilful and haunting novel’
– Sunday Herald

‘A chilling and sharply articulated exploration of memories, identity and family relationships’
– Scotland on Sunday

‘One of the most perceptive novels you’ll read on adolescent girls.’
– Marie Claire

‘Powerful moral backbone.’
– Sunday Telegraph

It is to Dawson’s credit that she concentrates on creating credible and winning characters and a robust narrative. Despite the relatively foreseeable resolution to Tina’s anxieties, watching her wrestle with them is compelling in itself, and Jill Dawson’s elegant prose is always a pleasure to read.’
– The Observer