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…
Watching You is the first book I have read by Lisa Jewell (even though she’s been on my radar for quite some time), but it will not be my last! The story grabbed my attention from the beginning. I read it in two sittings because you guessed it, I did not want to put it down! Jewell’s clever plot had me guessing the entire time and there were quite a few characters I felt were guilty at one point or another. It seemed everyone was “watching” someone else, which made the story intriguing and exciting. I liked I was unable to figure out who was guilty until the end and was kept on my toes throughout the entire book. If you enjoy fast-paced thrillers with twists, secrets, and complicated characters, look no further! The book will be released on 12/26, but you can pre-order now.
I won this book by redeeming my points from BookishFirst and I am so glad because it was a winner for me! Thank you BookishFirst and Atria Books!