Fiction – Thriller
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…
This book sucked me in from page one and kept me intently reading until the end. Lisa Jewell’s writing is very captivating, as shown in her enthralling new psychological thriller Watching You. I love books that keep me wondering how everything is possibly going to fit together, and this book did just that and more! The slow build of suspense was exceptional—it allowed time for me to analyze the story and form some ideas of what was going on. The storyline was a little slower than some may prefer, but it worked for the reading mood I happened to be in. The ending was fine, but it didn’t necessarily wow me. That was probably my least favorite part of the book. I think I was hoping for something really crazy and out there. Instead, I felt like I was left with a few unanswered questions that I would have liked to see addressed. However, the majority of this book was exceptional! Overall, I would recommend this book to fans of psychological thrillers and Lisa Jewell.
Enjoy! And don’t forget to let me know what you think of Watching You!
Thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for an Advance Reader’s Copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
This title will be published on December 26, 2018.