Watching You: Book summary and reviews of Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Watching You

A Novel

by Lisa Jewell

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Watching You by Lisa Jewell
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  • Published in USA  Dec 2018
    336 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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A suspenseful page-turner about a shocking murder in a picturesque and well-to-do English town.

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…

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 neighbors 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.

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"Starred Review. Stellar domestic drama...Expert misdirection keeps the reader guessing, and the rug-pulled-out-from-beneath-your-feet conclusion' - coupled with one final, bonechilling revelation' - is stunning. Best not to bet on anyone. A compulsive read guaranteed to please fans of A. J. Finn and Ruth Ware." - Booklist

"Starred Review. Jewell weaves a taut multiperspective, domestic/community suspense story that is sure to please fans of Ruth Ware and A.J. Finn." - Library Journal

"Jewell does a masterly job of maintaining suspense." - Publishers Weekly

"An engrossing and haunting psychological thriller." - Kirkus Reviews

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Just who is Tom Fitzwilliam? Does anyone really know?

To the outside world he is a handsome, popular, successful man, but is he really all that?

Strange things always happen in the neighborhoods where Tom lives, and Melville Heights is no exception.

There is spying in the neighborhood by his son, there are women in love with Tom, and there is a neighbor, Mrs. Tripp, who thinks Tom is the cause of numerous strange things happening to her and has remembered something about Tom that happened a few years ago.

Could Mrs. Tripp be right about Tom and everyone else wrong thinking he is perfect? She doesn't give up.

Tom’s son, Freddie, is definitely odd and frightening.

There are other characters that play some major roles such as Joey who is a suspect in a murder investigation that occurred in the neighborhood and who has a crush on Tom Fitzwilliam.

WATCHING YOU is definitely a study in human nature with nosy neighbors being the focus. It seemed that everyone was spying on someone with Freddie being the major one.

As the book continues, the mystery about who Tom really is and who the murdered person is at the beginning of the book are slowly revealed.

WATCHING YOU has a lot of unlikable and odd characters, but that is what made it good and typical Lisa Jewell.

I was asking myself just who is anyone in this twisty, strange, but excellent thriller that had me wondering about all of the characters and what was happening.

If you enjoy Lisa Jewell’s books, you won’t want to miss reading WATCHING YOU.

The ending revelations are GREAT!! 4/5

This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Peggy

Watching You
This was my first Lisa Jewell book but I plan to read more, as part of my suspenseful group. Early in the book the reader learns that there has been a murder, but not who. Throughout the reader is introduced to the people who live on the street and the interactions between them. We are led down different paths as to the victim and the murderer until finally the author lays out a number of clues which quickly lead to the murderer. Some readers might like earlier clues and more real police involvement but this book keep me involved until the end. I look,forward to reading more of Jewell’s works.

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Lisa Jewell Author Biography

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Lisa Jewell was born and raised in north London, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels, including The Girls in the Garden, The House We Grew Up In and The Third Wife.

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