Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighborhoods 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…
When I first picked this book, I thought it would be the age old story about a stalker and his or her prey. Based on how much I absolutely loved Lisa Jewell’s book “The She was Gone”, I knew I had to read it!
Well, she doesn’t disappoint! It seems that everyone “watches” everyone in this story! You’ll definitely be hanging on in suspense as you learn how the characters in this story are connected, their pasts come crashing together, and their futures are dependent upon the truth coming out!
The flashbacks to a girl writing in her journal was a perfect twist because you may think it’s a certain person who narrates this part, but you may also be surprised. Everyone seems guilty and innocent depending on the part of the story you read which adds to the suspense of the plot.
Lisa Jewell is a great storyteller and her books are fast and super suspenseful! If you loved”The. she was Gone”, you will most likely LOVE “Watching You”!
Lisa Jewell is the internationally bestselling author of eighteen novels, including the New York Times bestseller Then She Was Gone, as well as I Found You, The Girls in the Garden, and The House We Grew Up In. In total, her novels have sold more than two million copies across the English-speaking world and her work has also been translated into sixteen languages so far. Lisa lives in London with her husband and their two daughters.
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Great review! Glad you loved it too!