Watching You
by Lisa Jewell

Watching You is the second book that I’ve read by Lisa Jewell, and I can definitely say that I am a fan of her writing because it has completely blown me away, once again.

Overall, this book was SO unexpected.  It’s very different from the other novel I’ve read by her (Then She Was Gone), in that it is not as dark and gritty.  However, the drama and secrets that unfold completely make up for that!  Many of the characters were unique, a little quirky (which I loved!); the storyline was unpredictable; and I just loved how all of the different POVs all came together in the end (I had no idea how they would and it had me guessing the whole time).

Check out the synopsis below ↓


ABOUT WATCHING YOU:

Someone knows what you did.

Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Bristol, England; home to doctors and lawyers and old-money academics. It’s not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the sort of place where everyone has a secret. And everyone is watching you.

As the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, Tom Fitzwilliam is beloved by one and all—including Joey Mullen, his new neighbor, who quickly develops an intense infatuation with this thoroughly charming yet unavailable man. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Tom’s teenaged son Freddie—a prodigy with aspirations of becoming a spy for MI5—excels in observing people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father.

One of Tom’s students, Jenna Tripp, also lives on the same street, and she’s not convinced her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems. For one thing, he has taken a particular liking to her best friend and fellow classmate, and Jenna’s mother—whose mental health has admittedly been deteriorating in recent years—is convinced that Mr. Fitzwilliam is stalking her.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, charting her doomed obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam…

In Lisa Jewell’s latest brilliant “bone-chilling suspense” (People) no one is who they seem—and everyone is hiding something. Who has been murdered—and who would have wanted one of their neighbours dead? As “Jewell teases out her twisty plot at just the right pace” (Booklist, starred review), you will be kept guessing until the startling revelation on the very last page.

Summary

If you enjoyed Then She Was Gone, you will definitely enjoy this one.  Just keep in mind that it doesn't include a crazy woman keeping a kidnapped girl in her basement with an unlimited amount of hamsters (if you haven't read that one yet, then I highly recommend it as well!).

— Rebekah Dolmat
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