Watching You

Watching You

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighborhoods in Bristol, England. It's the sort of place where doctors and lawyers and old-money academics live. It's not the sort of place where people get stabbed in the back thirty times with a kitchen knife in their own homes. Someone must have seen something. Newlywed Joey Mullen, for example, recently returned from four years working in Ibiza. She and her husband Alfie are eager to find a place of their own in her hometown. But Joey finds herself distracted by the man next door, Tom Fitzwilliam. He's the principal of the local high school, twice her age, and devastatingly attractive. What starts as an innocent infatuation soon escalates into fixation, and before long, Joey can't keep her eyes off of Tom. Or the principal's son, Freddie, who dreams of working as a spy, and has been developing his surveillance skills by keeping meticulous logs of the coming and goings in the area. And, as he approaches his fifteenth birthday, his attention--and his lens--are turning more and more towards the local women. Or perhaps single mother Frances Tripp, who has long been convinced she is being stalked. Her teenage daughter Jenna is worried these delusions are signs of her mother's deteriorating mental health, particularly now that her paranoia has found a specific target: Tom Fitzwilliam. Frances is determined to keep an eye on him until she can prove that he is behind her persecution. Twenty years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, charting her doomed obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam. Nobody knows why this horrific murder was committed, but someone in Melville Heights knows who did it. As the community's fearful eyes turn on each other, the question remains: Who else is watching?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2018.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501190070
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 24 cm

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Jlaurie23
Mar 06, 2021

I love her books. This was a good read, but I preferred some of her other books better. Still enjoyed it and at certain parts kept me turning the page and wanting more. Overall I would recommend.

WPL_Erin Mar 04, 2021

I’m usually a big fan of Jewel’s work but this one fell flat for me. All of the characters were so unlikable and the story really didn’t have much pull to it. It wasn’t bad, but it was really easy to put down and forget about.

loonylovesgood Feb 11, 2021

I read this a while ago and must have forgotten to add it to my shelves. This is one of the more darker Lisa Jewell books. The ending of this one really did creep me out.

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AnnSkye
Jan 28, 2021

An interesting read but I think the author really got carried away trying to explain everything in the last chapter.

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JLee237
Dec 27, 2020

If you like the novels Girl on a Train and Sharp Objects, then you will like this one. It is an entertaining thriller but plot is not unique and Desperate Housewives-ish.

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KathyAG
Dec 01, 2020

The farther I read into the book the more I liked it. It is worth finishing just to understand the epilogue. I was stunned by the epilogue.

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Rita_Maria
Sep 18, 2020

I've read about 4 Lisa Jewell novels and found only this one to be disappointing. It was very contrived and repetitive and quite dull. Even the twist was just meh...

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ralwal
Sep 17, 2020

It was ok. I felt for a small village there were just too many weird characters.

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betsy777
Mar 31, 2020

I listened to this on Libby. The narrator was great and the story was well paced and well acted. Lisa Jewell provided a great story with convincing characters and also interwove intelligent portrayals of marriages, child development, and the danger of making assumptions. All that, plus she managed a surprise ending. I'll definitely be reading more books by this author.

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PiepieB
Mar 17, 2020

The more I read this book, the more I got into it and really liked it. It proves once again that Lisa Jewell is a master at her craft. Do NOT hesitate in picking up one of her thrillers. I love how everything comes together at the end!

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